Sony has finally unveiled the highly secretive PlayStation 4 Pro, formerly known as the Neo, 4.5 or PS4K. Revealed at the New York convention on Wednesday, Sony proudly showcased the new system to the world. And what a machine it is.
The PS4 Pro represents the mid-cycle prowess of the company and is in no way to be confused with a next generation machine. The PS4 Pro does not aim to blur the lines between the generations but sharpen them, to further enrich our gaming universe with the addition of 4K resolution and HDR compatibility.
Now that Sony has made their big reveal, Microsoft are free to unleash their rebuttal on the PS4 to their heart's content. It is no secret that Microsoft is currently working on its own mid-cycle console; the company have given away little detail surrounding the upcoming machine. But what we do know are a few outline spec expectations and that it has been coined, the Xbox Scorpio.
Speaking with Polygon earlier, Xbox director Albert Penello stated that the Scorpio's performance advantage over Sony’s newest console will be "obvious."
We know that the PS4 Pro’s new overclocked GPU will offer up 4.2 teraflops and that the Xbox Scorpio will proffer 6 teraflops. That means that, on paper, the Xbox Scorpio already has a 43 percent advantage over the Ps4 Pro (going on that metric alone).
Penello was quick to stress that it was important to the company for the Xbox Scorpio to be more powerful than the PS4 Pro.
We know it's important to deliver an experience that demonstrates the power gap between [the PS4 Pro and Scorpio] at a price that makes sense to console gamers.
Penello was resistant to divulge any further information regarding the Xbox Scorpio. When asked if he knew of a potential release date, he replied with a vague guesstimation of “holidays 2017.”
What was interesting, though, was the response to Sony’s HDR patch that will make every PS4 HDR compatible. When asked if Microsoft would do the same for Xbox, Penello replied:
Until I know more about how they're doing it, I can't speak to whether or not we can offer something similar.
The advantage that Sony have here is the fact that they will have a year of dominant position in the 4K market. On the flip side, Microsoft has a year to figure out how to better the PS4 Pro on every level. An exciting year ahead, I do believe, the battle once again, is on.