PlayStation 4 Pro release date, specs, news: should PS4 users consider an upgrade?

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Visitors look at Sony Corp's PlayStation 4 game consoles and control pads displayed at a booth during the Tokyo Game Show 2014 (Reuters/Yuya Shino)

Sony’s popular video game console, the PlayStation 4 has been nothing short of a worldwide success since it was released in November 2013. Although the competition it faces against Microsoft’s Xbox One is as fierce as any rivalry in other industries can get, it’s fair to say that the PS4 is one step ahead of its main rival. And with the introduction of a hardware update called the PlayStation 4 Pro, it looks like Sony is on track to widening the gap.

The Japanese company made it known that the PS4 Pro isn’t a completely new device but rather an upgrade to the existing console. Simply put, there should be a PlayStation 5 someday and it is expected to be the one which bears a lot of difference to the PS4. But for now, it certainly looks like this new PS4 Pro is more than enough when it comes to improvements.

Per CNET, the improved video game console will become available on Nov. 10 for a starting price of $399. One proof that it is indeed an update and not a completely new device is the fact that all existing games, apps and even accessories of the PS4 are compatible with it. Therefore, those who already own the PS4 won’t have to worry about not being able to use their old stuff should they buy the updated console.

As for the notable changes, God is a Geek said that there are three noteworthy improvements: a significantly improved frame rate, better textures in 1080p and 4K, and High Dynamic Range (HDR), which by the way works by making it possible for lighting to appear more natural. However, the publication was also quick to point out that the improved gaming experience using the PS4 Pro should be looked upon on a game-to-game basis, which means that there are some video game titles that play great with the updated device while others remain the same to that of what they offer when played using PS4. Some will run on native 4K resolution while others won’t.

When it comes to aesthetics, the video game console looks premium in all angles. The design isn’t something out of a science fiction movie but the presence of a USB port situated at the back is convenient. Overall, it definitely looks like it’s a high-end gaming console that’s worthy to replace the old and reliable PS4.