Sony launches new PS4 Slim and Pro in time for holidays

SONY'S DOUBLE LAUNCH: The tech giant unveiled (from left) the PS4 Slim and PS4 Pro, ahead of its virtual reality headset's launch next month.


    Sep 09, 2016

    Sony launches new PS4 Slim and Pro in time for holidays


    SONY has unveiled a pair of new offerings for its industry-leading PlayStation 4, including a deluxe version that is compatible with cutting-edge high dynamic range television.

    The two new products supplement the Oct 13 launch of Sony's eagerly anticipated virtual reality headset and come ahead of the holiday shopping season as the Japanese firm hopes to maintain its edge over Microsoft's Xbox.

    The PS4 Slim is an energy-efficient version of the conventional PlayStation 4, which has sold more than 40 million consoles since its launch in late 2013.

    The lighter-weight version will hit the market on Sept 15 and sell for US$299 (S$400), about US$50 less than a conventional PlayStation 4.

    Most of the launch event on Wednesday focused on the HDR offering, the PS4 Pro, aimed at gaming diehards and billed as a major change in terms of making games more immersive and lifelike.

    "It was always our intention to design the PlayStation 4 as a platform to simulate and fuel future revolution," said Andrew House, chief executive of Sony Interactive Entertainment.

    Games shown on the PS4 Pro during the 45-minute event displayed the textual detail of Spiderman's costume, the vivid emotionalism of Lara Croft in the popular Tomb Raider series and the intricacies of the alien universe in the Mass Effect: Andromeda game.

    Gaming developers Activision and Electronic Arts said popular games such as Call Of Duty: Infinite Warfare would be ready once the PS4 Pro launches.