GameSentral Rewind 095: PlayStation Meeting (Sept. 2016)

This is a special edition of the GameSentral Rewind, recapping the Sept. 7 PlayStation Meeting.

Slimmer PS4

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Sony has confirmed a slimmer PS4. It’ll cost $299, and be available Sept. 15 “in most markets.”

Functionally, the new model is nearly identical to its predecessor (which the Slim is now replacing). There’s a streamlined design that makes it noticeably smaller, and a slightly updated DualShock 4 controller with a redesigned light bar that’s visible from the front.

PS4 Pro

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However, the PS4 Pro was arguably the highlight of the presentation. It updates the standard PS4 with a faster processor, better graphics, and 4K support. It’ll launch Nov. 10 for $399. New games will still be playable on the older hardware.

Along with 4K, the Pro can also output HDR video. Sony has also boosted the clock rate and storage for the PS4 Pro with a 1TB hard drive.

GPU power has been doubled with technology adapted from AMD’s Polaris graphical architecture.

“PS4 Pro is not intended to blur the line between console generations. Instead, the vision is to take the PS4 experience to extraordinary new levels.

“Our goal is to deliver high-fidelity graphical experiences. We aim to provide developers with tools to further their visions.”

-Mark Cerny, PS4 chief architect

However, 4K Blu-ray will not be supported, according to Sony. Instead, the Pro will only support 4K playback from streaming services.

Games set to be optimized for the Pro include Marvel & Insomniac Games’ Spider-Man, Ubisoft’s For Honor, Eidos’ Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, Sony Bend’s Days Gone.

Other games shown off include:

  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
  • Infamous: Last Light
  • Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor
  • Horizon: Zero Dawn
  • Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 4 Remastered
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 (through title update)
  • FIFA 17
  • Battlefield 1
  • Mass Effect: Andromeda

According to Cerny, games will be adapted to whatever display you’re using with the PS4 Pro. On non-4K TVs, the extra power can be used to boost visual density or make other tweaks to visuals that can be enjoyed there.

“Over a half-dozen Sony titles” will receive patches to take advantage of the Pro’s new features, with “many” third-party developers working to offer the same to their games.

Discs and downloads will run on both PS4 models, but will play differently.

For video streaming, an updated Netflix app will be available with upcoming exclusives (Marvel’s Luke Cage, Narcos Season 2) supporting HDR streaming. 4K streaming will also be available through an updated YouTube app.

HDR support coming to all PS4s

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All PlayStation 4 systems will support high dynamic range with a firmware update due to launch next week.

HDR lets a television render bright colors and deep, natural blacks at the same time, expanding the spectrum of visual light that the PS4 can render.

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