PlayStation 4 Pro
PS4 Pro packs in leading-edge technology to deliver the fastest, sharpest, most responsive gaming experiences ever seen.
Dynamic 4K gaming and 4K entertainment
High Dynamic Range for intensely vibrant colours
Double the GPU power of the standard PS4
- PS4 Pro is bigger, but not by much
- Sleeker finish on top of the Pro console
- PS4 Pro has an extra USB 3.1 port
- PS4 Pro also has an optical audio port
- Original PS4 uses HDMI 1.4, Pro uses HDMI 2.0a
- PS4 Pro has better GPU performance (4.2 TFLOP vs 1.84)
- PS4 Pro has 802.11ac Wi-Fi antenna and Bluetooth 4.0
- PS4 Pro has an additional 1GB of DDR3 RAM
4K Gaming and Performance
- PS4 Pro supports 4K/HDR
- Original PS4 just supports HDR
- Full 4K gaming at 2160p
What is 4K?
4K (2160p Ultra HD) is almost four times higher definition than standard (1080p HD). Though all PS4 systems have HDR capabilities, you can only get 4K with the PS4 Pro system because of its increased processing power. Availability of enhanced image quality depends on your home entertainment set-up.
Whether a game is released in 4K is down to the developer, as they can develop a title in 4K or add a patch. Whether a developer decides on 4K depends on what they choose to use the PS4 Pro system’s extra power for; to add frames for smoother gameplay or add pixels for smoother graphics.
There will be no PS4 Pro only games – all games can be played on all PS4 systems, but upgraded image quality will be limited to systems with 4K capabilities.
Hardware and Specifications:
The console features an AMD Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) built upon the x86-64 architecture, which can theoretically peak at 1.84 teraflops; AMD stated that it was the “most powerful” APU it had developed to date. The PlayStation 4 places an increased emphasis on social interaction and integration with other devices and services, including the ability to play games off-console on PlayStation Vita and supported Sony Xperia mobile devices (“Remote Play”), the ability to stream gameplay online or to friends, with them controlling gameplay remotely (“Share Play”). The console’s controller was also redesigned and improved over the PlayStation 3, with improved buttons and analog sticks, and an integrated touchpad among other changes.
The PlayStation 4 uses an Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) developed by AMD in cooperation with Sony. It combines a central processing unit (CPU) and graphics processing unit (GPU), as well as other components such as a memory controller and video decoder. The CPU consists of two quad-core Jaguar modules totalling 8 x86-64 cores. The GPU consists of 18 compute units to produce a theoretical peak performance of 1.84 TFLOPS. The system’s GDDR5 memory is capable of running at a maximum clock frequency of 2.75 GHz (5500 MT/s) and has a maximum memory bandwidth of 176 GB/s. The console contains 8 GB of GDDR5 memory, 16 times the amount of RAM found in the PS3 and is expected to give the console considerable longevity. It also includes secondary custom chips that handle tasks associated with downloading, uploading, and social gameplay. These tasks can be handled seamlessly in the background during gameplay or while the system is in sleep mode. The console also contains an audio module, which can support in-game chat as well as “a very large number” of audio streams for use in-game. All PlayStation 4 models support high dynamic range (HDR) colour profiles.
The read-only optical drive is capable of reading Blu-ray Discs at speeds of up to three times that of its predecessor. The console features a hardware on-the-fly decompression module boosting optical disc reading speed and buffer unread data when a game is not actively accessing the optical drive. The original PS4 model can output in 4K and play multimedia in the format, but does not play games in 4K. The console includes a 500 gigabyte hard drive for additional storage, which can be upgraded by the user.
The PlayStation 4 features Wi-Fi and Ethernet connectivity, Bluetooth, and two USB 3.0 ports. An auxiliary port is also included for connection to the PlayStation Camera, a motion detection digital camera device first introduced on the PS3. A mono headset, which can be plugged into the DualShock 4, is bundled with the system. Audio/video output options include HDMI TV and optical S/PDIF audio. The console does not have an analog audio/video output.
The PS4 features a “Rest mode” feature. This places the console in a low-power state, while allowing users to immediately resume their game or app once the console is awoken. The console also is able to download content such as game and OS updates while it is in this state.
The PlayStation Camera is an optional motion sensor and camera for the PlayStation 4, similar to Kinect on Xbox. It includes two 1280×800 pixel lenses operating with an aperture of f/2.0, with 30 cm focusing distance, and an 85° field of view. The dual camera setup allows for different modes of operation, depending on the initiated and running application. The two cameras can be used together for depth-sensing of its surrounding objects in its field of vision. Alternatively, one of the cameras can be used for generating the video image, with the other used for motion tracking.
PlayStation Camera also features a four-channel microphone array, which helps reduce unwanted background noise and can be used for voice commands. With the PlayStation Camera connected, different users can automatically log-on to the system via face detection.
The DualShock 4 is the PlayStation 4’s primary controller. Similarly to its predecessor the DualShock 3, it connects to the console via Bluetooth. However, the DualShock 3 is incompatible with the PS4. The DualShock 4 is equipped with several new features, including a touchpad on the front. The controller supports motion detection via a gyroscope and an accelerometer, plus improved vibration, as well as being the first DualShock controller to feature official support for Microsoft Windows. It is powered by a non-removable rechargeable battery.
The controller was improved for the retail of the PS4 Slim and Pro, and now adds the ability to use the controller through USB connection.
The controller features several output connectors. A stereo headphone jack supports the connection of regular earphones or a headset to allow a user to speak and hear audio simultaneously. A micro-USB and extension port, as well as a mono speaker are also included. The controller can be charged three ways: via micro-USB, a dedicated charging station, or the console, even while powered off.
DualShock 4 features the following buttons: PS button, SHARE button, OPTIONS button, directional buttons, action buttons (triangle, circle, cross, square), shoulder buttons (R1/L1), triggers (R2/L2), analog stick click buttons (L3/R3) and a touchpad click button. These mark several changes from the DualShock 3 and other previous PlayStation controllers. The START and SELECT buttons were merged into the OPTIONS button. The SHARE button allows players to upload videos from their gameplay experiences, as well as stream to streaming services. The joysticks and triggers have been redesigned based on developer input, as they feature a concave surface and an etched backing to enhance grip.
The DualShock 4 is the first to feature a unique “light bar” that can display variant colors, based on the existing technology used in PlayStation Move. The colors help identify players and alert them with critical messages such as low health in-game, while also interacting with the PlayStation Camera to perceived movement and depth by using the controller’s light bar as a positional LED.
After the announcement of the PS4 Pro and Slim, the DualShock controller was further improved, adding a light strip on the top of the touchpad, which reflects the same color as the light bar on the controller.
PlayStation VR : ( Sold Separately)
Sony unveiled “PlayStation VR”, a virtual reality headset for the PlayStation 4 featuring a head-mounted OLED display with 1080p resolution and a 100-degree field of view. The headset is tracked with nine positional LEDs on its surface, guided by the PlayStation Camera primarily. A variety of games are soon to be set for the PlayStation VR exclusively. PSVR is one of the major virtual reality headsets to target consumers, as well as the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, as well as the cheapest alternative.
PlayStation 4 system software
The PlayStation 4’s operating system is called “Orbis OS”.
The console does not require an Internet connection for usage, although more functionality is available when connected. The PS4 is the first to include a WebKit-based web browser, which is a departure from its predecessor’s NetFront browser; it is based on the same modern WebKit core as Google Chrome and Safari, giving it high compatibility in HTML5 compliance testing.
The console introduces a new customizable menu interface titled the “PlayStation Dynamic Menu”, featuring a variety of colour schemes. The interface displays the player’s profile, recent activity, notifications, and other details in addition to unlocked trophies. It allows multiple user accounts, all with their own passcodes. Each player account has the option to share their real name with friends, or use a nickname in other situations when anonymity is important. Facebook profiles can be connected to PlayStation Network accounts, making it easier to recognize friends. The default home screen features real time content from friends. The “What’s New” activity feed includes shared media, recently played games, and other notifications. Services from third-party vendors, such as Netflix and Amazon Video, can be accessible within the interface. Multitasking is available during gameplay, such as opening the browser or managing party chat, and switching between applications is done by double-tapping the “PS” button.
The PlayStation Camera or a microphone enables the user to control the system using voice input. Players can command the interface to start a game, take screenshots, and save videos. Saying “PlayStation” initiates voice control, and “All Commands” displays a list of possible commands.
The PlayStation 4 system software supports Blu-ray and DVD playback and 3D functionality. Playing a CD is unsupported, but custom music and video files can be played from DLNA servers and USB drives using the Media Player app.
The PlayStation 4 allows users to access a variety of free and premium PlayStation Network (PSN) services, including the PlayStation Store, PlayStation Plus subscription service, PlayStation Music powered by Spotify, and the PlayStation Video subscription service, which allows owners to rent or buy TV shows and films à la carte. Sony intends to expand and evolve the services it offers over the console’s lifespan. Unlike PS3, a PlayStation Plus membership is required to access multiplayer in most games; this requirement does not apply to free-to-play or subscription-based titles.
Second screen and remote play
Smartphones and tablets can interact with the PlayStation 4 as second screen devices, and can also wake the console from sleep mode. A Sony Xperia smartphone, tablet or the PlayStation Vita can be used for streaming gameplay from the console to handheld, allowing supported games to be played remotely from around a household or away from home. Sony has ambitions to make all PS4 games playable on PlayStation Vita. Developers can add Vita-specific controls for use via Remote Play. This feature was later expanded to enable PS4 Remote Play functionality on Microsoft Windows PCs and on Apple OS X Macs. The update, released in April 2016, allows for Remote Play functionality on computers running Windows 8.1, Windows 10, OS X Yosemite, and OS X El Capitan. Remote Play supports resolution options of 360p, 540p, and 720p (1080p is available on PS4 Pro), frame rate options of 30-60 FPS, and the DualShock 4 can be connected via USB.
The PlayStation App allows iOS and Android mobile devices to interact with the PlayStation 4 from their device. The user can use this application to purchase PS4 titles from the console and have them remotely downloaded, watch live streams of other gamers, and/or view in-game maps while playing games.
PlayStation 4 is not compatible with PlayStation 3 games directly. Selected PS3 games are available for streaming via PlayStation Now. On December 5, 2015, Sony first released emulated versions of selected PlayStation 2 games as digital purchases, upscaled to high definition and with support for PS4 social features. PlayStation 4 is, otherwise, not compatible with PS2 games
Users have the option to create or join community groups based upon personal interest. Communities include a discussion board, accomplishments and game clips shared by other members, plus the ability to join group chat and launch cooperative games. Sony stated that “communities are a good way to socialize with like-minded players”, particularly when “you want to tackle a big multiplayer raid, but don’t have enough friends available”.
The DualShock 4 controller includes a “SHARE” button, allowing the player to cycle through the last 60 minutes of recorded gameplay to select a screenshot or video clip appropriate for sharing. Media is uploaded seamlessly from the console to other PSN users or social networking sites such as Dailymotion, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, or else users can copy media to a USB flash drive and upload to a social network or website of their preference. Players can also use a free video editing application named ShareFactory to cut and assemble their favourite video clips, add custom music or voice commentary with green screen effects. Subsequent updates have added options for picture-in-picture layouts, the ability to create photo collages and animated GIFs.
Gamers can either watch live gameplay of titles which their friends are playing through the PS4 interface with cross-game camera and microphone input, spectate silently, or broadcast their own gameplay live via DailyMotion, Twitch, Ustream, Niconico, or YouTube Gaming, allowing for friends and members of the public to view and comment upon them from other web browsers and devices. If a user is not screencasting, a friend can send them a “Request to Watch” notification.
Share Play allows users to invite an online friend to join their play session via streaming, even if they do not own a copy of the game. Users can pass control of the game entirely to the remote user, or partake in cooperative multiplayer as if they were physically present. Mark Cerny says that remote assistance is particularly useful when confronted by a potentially game-defeating obstacle. “You can even see that your friend is in trouble and reach out through the network to take over the controller and assist them through some difficult portion of the game”, he said. Share Play requires a PlayStation Plus subscription and can only be used for one hour at a time.
|Dimensions||11.6 x 12.8 x 2.1|
|CPU||AMD Jaguar x86-64
8 Core processor Up to 2.75 GHz
|System Memory||8GB GDDR5|
|Optical Port Out||Yes|
|AV Output||HDMI / Optical|
|Power Consumption||310w (max)|
|4K Blu-Ray Playback||No|
|HDR Output Support||Yes|
|AV Out||HDMI, Digital Out (Optical)|
|USB||3x USB 3.1|