TOKYO, JAPAN: Sony Corporation releases PlayStation 4 Pro ((PS4 Pro) in Japan. It’s a 4K-enabled PlayStation.

While slimmed down, more reliable models of existing consoles have been released since the original PlayStation days, the PS4 Pro will see a mid-generational jump in performance that is new to the industry.

Sony are jumping first with the Pro this Christmas, but Microsoft are preparing their own super-charged Xbox One with Project Scorpio for 2017. Many compare such a strategy to the incremental updates of smartphones and tablets, possibly changing the face of the console business forever.

Others are more reserved, seeing PS4 Pro and Project Scorpio as a mindful reaction to the dual-emergence of 4K television and virtual reality. These two splendid new technologies need extra grunt to perform at their best. And short of a monster gaming PC, the Pro and Scorpio are here to oblige.

The Pro is an upgraded version of the current PlayStation 4 console. It features a more powerful GPU of 4.2 teraflops, faster clock speed and comes with a bigger 1TB hard drive. In practical terms it means the Pro can output 4K resolution visuals and is HDR-enabled. Essentially it will make your games look a lot better on a 4K HDR TV; with greater detail, brighter colours and deeper blacks.

The Pro is also designed to maximise the performance of the upcoming PSVR, Sony’s virtual reality headset for the PS4.

An important thing to note is that games will need to be optimised to get the most out of PS4 Pro. Sony says that over 30 games will have enhanced PS4 Pro features at launch, varying from 4K resolution to framerate boosts.

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