Sony announces PS4 Pro, finally confirms PS4 Slim

The PlayStation Neo is now the PlayStation 4 Pro. Sony held a press conference in the wee hours of this morning to announce their upcoming slate of redesigned PS4 hardware.

The PlayStation 4 Pro will be Sony’s first console to take advantage of native 4K resolution and high dynamic range visuals in newer TV’s. The confirmation comes after months of rumours about a hardware upgrade, though Sony did remain tight-lipped on the actual console specs during the presentation.

Sony were quick to address any speculation that the PS4 Pro would fracture the player base, stating that while the PS4 Pro would run them a great deal more smoothly, all current PS4 games would run on PS4 Pro and the original PS4 hardware.

The press conference also took some time to “unveil” the PS4 Slim, a slightly smaller version of the current hardware that has been out in the wild for a couple of weeks now after a series of retailer leaks overseas.

The PS4 Slim features the same architecture as your current launch model PS4, making its direct competitor, the Xbox One S which brought a number of updates to the system, including native 4K, look like a bit of a powerhouse by comparison.

While no Australian pricing and release dates have been unveiled as yet (we’ll expect to see that once everyone gets to work at about 9am), we do have US pricing and release dates for you. The PS4 Slim will launch on September 15 and will run you US$299. The PS4 Pro, on the other hand, will launch in the US on November 10 and will have an RRP of US$399.

We’ll update you the moment we have Australian pricing and dates.