We all knew they were coming, and now it’s official: Sony’s new and improved PlayStation 4 Pro and PlayStation 4 Slim are here. We had the privilege of taking a closer look at the consoles during the launch in Hong Kong, and we even have the full price list for Southeast Asia.
PlayStation 4 Pro
As you can tell by the moniker, the Pro version of the PlayStation 4 has more power than the original – enough, actually, to provide 4K resolution gaming and an improved VR experience once PlayStation VR is released on October 13, 2016. This is made possible through an upgraded processor and graphics chip, so you can also expect smoother frame rates for graphics-intensive games. Of course, this means you need an Ultra HD television to output the higher resolution, but Sony guarantees that support for Full HD 1080p TV sets won’t be left behind.
Sony has placed priority on the hard disk as well, which now comes with 1TB of storage out of the box. This should give you enough space to accommodate all the games, videos, and demos you can handle. In addition, if you’re a fan of streaming services, the PlayStation 4 Pro is capable of 4K video playback from services like YouTube and Netflix. Oh, and about 4K Blu-ray playback; no, none of the PS4 units available today can or will support it. Sony claims that the feature simply isn’t important yet.
Unfortunately, no fresh set of colors has been announced. You’re going to have to settle for the traditional black look for the Pro. Pricing in Southeast Asia is as follows: SGD 599 for Singapore, MYR 1,799 for Malaysia, THB 16,990 for Thailand, and PHP 22,900 for the Philippines. Out of the four countries, only Singapore has a confirmed release date of November 10, 2016.
In case you’re wondering about the rest of the world, the United States will receive the PlayStation 4 Pro in November, 2016 with a price tag of USD 399. Hong Kong will have it for HKD 3,180, while the Taiwan and Korea retail prices will be NTD 12,980 and KRW 498,000, respectively.
PlayStation 4 Slim
Like previous Sony consoles, the PlayStation 4 is getting a trimmed-down version. There’s really not much to talk about, other than the fact that the PS4 Slim takes up significantly less space than the original PS4. If you want to get technical, the newer model is 30 percent smaller, 16 percent lighter, and consumes 28 percent less energy than its predecessor. The rest of the specs are pretty much the same as before, and there are two storage options to choose from: 1TB and 500GB.
Prices and release dates for Southeast Asia are a little tricky, so try to follow us on this one: SGD 449 (500GB) and SGD 499 (1TB) for Singapore with a September 17 launch; MYR 1,349 (500GB) and MYR 1,499 (1TB) for Malaysia with a mid-October launch; THB 12,990 (500GB) and THB 13,990 (1TB) for Thailand with an October 1 launch; finally, PHP 17,300 (500GB) and PHP 18,900 (1TB) for the Philippines with a September 24 launch.
It’ll be even more affordable in the U.S., where consumers can purchase the unit for only USD 299 starting on September 15, 2016. Fans in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Korea will be excited to find out that the PlayStation 4 Slim will be available beginning tomorrow, September 9, way ahead of everyone else.
Bundles and Peripherals for the Philippine Market
In other news, we have a list of new PlayStation 4 bundles and peripherals to be released in the Philippines. The PlayStation 4 Slim NBA 2K17 bundle pack will come out on September 24, 2016 with a sticker price of PHP 18,990, while the Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare bundle will be released on November 4, 2016 and priced at PHP 20,490.
There’s a slightly updated DualShock 4 controller to look forward to. It now enables light from the light bar to emit in different colors to signify visual cues in games, and allows USB communication so you don’t have to rely solely on the wireless Bluetooth connection to play. It’ll retail at PHP 2,495 and come out on September 24, same as the NBA 2K17 bundle.
Next is the redesigned PlayStation Camera, which is only different in form and how it adjusts. The more attractive PS Camera will cost PHP 2,990 and will be released sometime in October 2016. Finally, we have the vertical stand specifically modeled for the PS4 Slim and Pro. It’s translucent, has a release date of October 24, 2016, and is priced at PHP 1,399.
What about the original PS4?
Sony says that the old PlayStation 4 will still be on sale, since the new models simply complement it. However, the company isn’t setting any updated prices, and is leaving that to distributors to figure out. In that case, you’re better off going to your favorite store or online shop to ask for the best deal available.
The good news is that all PlayStation 4 versions (old, Slim, and Pro) will be receiving a software update allowing HDR gaming soon. This feature makes all your games look prettier, thanks to a wider range of colors, shadows, and highlights. Again, an HDR-compatible TV is needed for it to work, so we suggest you start saving up to take advantage of the new capabilities.
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