PS4 PRO Officially announced

At the PlayStation meeting in New York it was finally revealed, the PS4 PRO which was code-named the PS4 NEO. SONY’s new 4K ready console to sit alongside the regular and Slim PS4 will launch on November 10th 2016 for 399$ for the North American, Europe and Japanese markets and will feature a 1TB hard drive initially.

The PS4 PRO in all its Beefed up glory

The New Upgraded console’s design consists of three layers of blocks which symbolizes the powerful presence of the PS4 PRO and its solid feel according to the Official press release. It will also feature the PlayStation family symbol sporting a mirror finish on the top of the console as well as three USB ports, two in the front and one on the back for hooking up the PlayStation VR peripheral or other such devices.

The PS4 PRO with the Vertical stand (sold separately)

The New console is touted to deliver 1080p resolution for all its games as well as a much stable and in most cases higher frame-rates. The PS4 PRO’s Beefed up GPU is also said to consist of elements from AMD’S new Polaris tech which was rumored earlier, the PS4 PRO according to Sony:

 “By boosting the performance and capability of the system architecture including the CPU and GPU, PS4 Pro allows games to deliver graphics with far more detail and unprecedented visual precision. Users with 4K TVs will be able to enjoy all PS4 titles in higher quality, such as 4K quality [outputted by graphic rendering or up-scaled] resolution and faster or more stable frame rates. In addition, PS4 Pro supports 4K video playback to deliver 4K streaming video services such as Netflix and YouTube

HDTV owners will also be able to enjoy the enhanced gameplay experiences on PS4 Pro, as the system delivers 1080p resolution for all PS4 games and higher or more stable frame rates for some supported titles.

Furthermore, looking ahead to the future of imaging technology, all PS4 systems including PS4 Pro will support HDR imaging technology [through a system update next week], which enables the reproduction of brightness and darkness while realizing a much wider range of colors. Users who own an HDR-compatible TV will be able to enjoy supported games and other entertainment content with visuals that are more realistic, strikingly vivid and truer to the way the human eye sees the real world”

The PS4 PRO placed Horizontally

Sony has said that every PS4 game will run on all PS4 systems including the new PS4 PRO as well as sharing the same interface and community functions across all iterations of the PS4 platform. One downside is that the New console will not be supporting 4K Blu-ray unlike the Xbox One slim, maybe they add the feature at a later date via Firmware but for now it seems unlikely. As we get closer to the November 10th launch, more and more first and third party titles shall be announced.

The Specs of the PS4 PRO

In closing I would like to say that the New console does in fact look promising but I am satisfied with my 2014 PS4 model currently, speaking of which, all the prior models of the PS4 before the PS4 Slim which comes out on September 15th 2016 will be phased out so if I were someone who loved the look of the original model then I would run off and grab it before it happens or there is always Ebay.

The Contents right out of the box when you open up your shiny new console on November 10th 2016

Sony will also release a new Firmware update next week slated to include High Dynamic Range (HDR) support across all PlayStation 4 platforms.

The PS4 PRO rolls out on November 10th 2016 for 399$, not too shabby when you consider the forward compatible capabilities, 4K output and smoother frame-rates that are designed for the hardcore gamer in mind.

PS4 Slim to Release alongside the Neo, Analyst weighs in

It’s not just the souped up PS4 Neo that is in the pipeline but also a slimmer version of the current PS4 if reports are to be believed. According to SONY Analysts, a slim iteration of the highly successful PS4 is set to make an appearance in time for the Tokyo game show in September.

While the PS4 is already rather Compact in it’s design, SONY could be considering this as a cost cutting measure similar to the CUH-1200 model they released back in in July of last year with a matte finish and physical buttons instead of a touch sensor but the question that every gamer would pose is how exactly are they going to make it smaller even if the console is more energy efficient without sacrificing the inner temperatures as the current PS4 gets rather hot as it is and it’s a console that desperately needs adequate airflow to ensure a smoother experience and avoid the almost jet engine fan levels as the launch model PS4’s.

The current PS4

The PS4 may be selling like Hotcakes and many feel there is no need for a slim model but let’s not forget that this is a business and SONY as a consumer based company needs to be aware of its bottom line, still these two new models, the slim PS4 and the more graphically upgraded PS4 Neo will be the last in the PS4’s console life-cycle according to SONY.

Exciting times to be a SONY fan what with a Steller E3 showing and more to come potentially at Gamescon and the Tokyo game show. The timing would certainly be right as SONY has introduced a slim version of its baseline consoles in the past as well but if you are anything like me, I prefer the original model or at least the very same model that gets released a year or two later with cheaper components and a few minor cosmetic changes.We shall know more soon at the Tokyo game show in September.

PlayStation 4 NEO Official

Sony PlayStation 4 NEO has been officially announced and is set to hit the market before the end of 2016.

The rumours were already afloat with the new upgraded version of the PlayStation 4 with better specs and mainly VR compatibility, it was interesting to see that Sony did not decide to showcase the PlayStation 4 NEO at this year’s E3.

The new SKU has been confirmed which is currently under development and reports are coming in that it is weaker than Microsoft’s upcoming console announced at E3 codenamed Scorpio.

Although the Specs for the PlayStation 4 NEO have not been revealed but speculation is at an all-time high regarding its pricing and if it will truly be 4K compatible which it surely will or it has to right? Although it is somewhat confirmed that the NEO will have a 4K capable Blu-ray player which will scale games if supported accordingly.

PlayStation and Xbox users can rest assured on the fact that previous games and titles will be compatible with the newer upgraded models of the console. So far the NEO will have a better design and may give the option for players to scale the games the way they want too in terms of CPU output and also graphics just like Microsoft implementing the option.


Could it be that Microsoft has officially beaten Sony in terms of specs for the upcoming consoles or will Sony have some tricks up their sleeves? Time will tell and frankly it would’ve been better to announce the PlayStation 4 NEO at E3, because Sony as always had a brilliant showing.

Sony’s answer to the threat of gamers jumping ship to the PC

Sony’s Decision to release a souped up PS4 code-named the PS4 NEO is a result of the Japanese electronic giant’s fears of potentially losing customers to the high end PC as Sony would rather understandably have gamer’s within their own Ecosystem. PC gamer’s routinely enjoy higher frame-rates and higher, more detailed resolutions in contrast to their console counterparts it is believed so it is understandable why Sony would feel the need to release a mid-cycle update to exist along the current and already graphically capable PS4.


photo credit goes to IGN As you can see, consoles are almost on par with the Pc but still has a ways to go

The PS4 Neo’s better graphics should likely help persuade current gamer’s from jumping ship although like I said, the PS4 is perfect capable given the likes of Uncharted 4 and with what was shown at E3 2016.with games like the new God of war and Horizon zero dawn in the pipeline, it’s a bit surprising although not unheard of why Sony would even think about going this route just like Microsoft has apparently with its new mid cycle refresh of the XBOX code-named Scorpio. Now I wonder, even though I stick to consoles even though I own a reasonably capable PC,I just don’t see why other gamer’s can do the same thing, I mean that’s what gaming is all about right? The more the merrier.