Sony Finally Announces The Beefy ‘Playstation 4 Pro’ And A Slimmed-Down PS4 Base Model

For some time now it’s been an open secret that Sony is preparing to launch two new Playstation 4 models — one a slimmed-down version, the other a powerful model codenamed “Playstation Neo.” Well, they finally made it official today in an information-packed press conference.

First up, we have the new, smaller machine, which is simply called the PS4 as it’s now the standard model. This new PS4 has leaked to some retailers, so we already know what it looks like, but Sony did drop some welcome news regarding the console’s price — the new PS4 will cost only $299, down 40 bucks from the machine’s current MSRP. The new version of the PS4 will launch on September 15.

Now, onto the Playstation Neo, which is officially called the Playstation 4 Pro. The machine is mainly designed for high-end users who want to play in 4K, and boasts an overclocked CPU, a 1TB hard drive, and a GPU that’s twice as powerful as the one in the base PS4. In addition to 4K resolutions and high dynamic range (HDR) support, the Playstation 4 Pro will allow developers to use certain rendering techniques not available on the base PS4. Most new games will support the Pro, and some existing games will also get visual boosts via patches, which Sony has cleverly dubbed “forward compatibility.”

And now, the moment of truth — how much does the Playstation 4 Pro cost? Not as much as you might think! The Pro will cost $399 and hits shelves November 10.