ELECTRONICS COMPANY Sony has taken a big design risk and hardware leap of faith by taking an already successful and popular games console and making it better, cheaper and smaller.
The PlayStation 4 (PS4) has had the beach body treatment, almost four years after Sony announced the bigger, fatter, heavier, dumber version, and is being released in two new versions. One is more powerful, and one is cheaper.
"More than three and a half years ago, I stood on stage in New York to unveil PlayStation 4, which captured our vision for the future of gaming," said Andrew House, president and global CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, in a blog post.
"That vision placed the gamer at the centre of the PlayStation ecosystem and empowered developers to create transformative experiences. This new high-end PS4 will sit alongside the new slimmer, lighter PS4, which we officially unveiled today."
House explained that the high-end PS4 will be called the Pro, will cost £340 when it launches on 10 November. The PS4 Slim, the new standard model, will be available from £249.
Aside from the obvious £100 difference in price, one, which we thought might have been coming, will be easier to carry home from the shop and the other will have 4K graphics and the possibility of refreshed and upgraded games to buy. Again.
"With PlayStation 4 Pro our goal is to deliver innovation in the form of cutting-edge visuals and graphics while in the midst of the PS4's lifecycle," he said.
"PS4 Pro, which launches November 10 2016 for a suggested retail price of $399.99, enhances PS4 games by supporting the latest in imaging technology through 4K resolution and High Dynamic Range (HDR), as well as smoother frame rates.
"Games that already look extraordinary on PS4 will look richer and more detailed thanks to the more powerful GPU and faster CPU at the heart of PS4 Pro.
"With more pixels, 4K's higher resolution delivers graphics that are sharper and have greater detail than ever imagined. HDR enables visuals to look much closer to the way your eyes see the real world."
Stay still, people. You can't buy this yet, and anyway there is still more for you to know. House said that Netflix and YouTube are working on a new version of apps for the launch date.
Smaller, cheaper Microsoft Xbox consoles are also available. µ.
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