Sony has thrown down the gauntlet to Microsoft and its Project Scorpio Xbox sequel with its 4K and HDR-capable console (which oddly doesn't support 4K Blu-ray) that's going to pump-up both your existing PS4 gaming catalogue and the next wave of PS4 VR titles.
So how exactly is that going to happen? Developers will be able to patch support for the PS4 Pro's power into older games to take advantage of the new visual features. But that shouldn't give original PlayStation 4 owners anything to fear –PlayStation 4 games sold from October onwards will have to support both the new PS4 Pro console and the standard PS4 and PS4 Slim models.
While Sony has yet to announce brand-new games that will launch with PS4 Pro support, it did reveal existing titles and previously announced games in development that will be given an additional benefit: some combination of enhanced performance via boosted CPU and GPU, with resolution up to 4K, HDR imaging technology and faster, more stable frame rates.
Sony says that there will be 30 games with Pro Mode support on PlayStation 4 Pro launch day, with around 15 more to come before the end of 2016.
Here's the list of every game we know about so far with PlayStation 4 Pro's "Pro Mode" support:
- Battlefield 1
- Call Of Duty: Black Ops 3
- Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered
- Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
- Dishonored 2
- Driveclub VR
- EA Sports FIFA 17
- Hustle Kings
- inFAMOUS First Light
- inFAMOUS Second Son
- Mafia III
- Mantis Burn Racing
- Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
- NBA 2K17
- Neon Chrome
- PlayStation VR Worlds
- Ratchet & Clank
- Rez Infinite
- RIGS Mechanized Combat League
- Rise Of The Tomb Raider
- Robinson: The Journey
- Super Stardust Ultra
- The Elders Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited
- The Elders Scrolls: Skyrim Special Edition
- The Last Of Us Remastered
- The Last Of Us: Left Behind
- The Playroom VR
- Titanfall 2
- Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
- Until Dawn: Rush of Blood
- Viking Squad
- Wheels of Aurelia
- World Of Tanks
- XCOM 2
After the slew of launch games get the Pro treatment, the next games coming down the pipeline include Watch Dogs 2, Killing Floor 2, The Last Guardian and Final Fantasy XV, with the likes of Nioh, Resident Evil 7 Biohazardand For Honor to follow in early 2017.
One of the titles we're most curious about is the PlayStation VR title Far Point. At the PlayStation 4 Pro reveal event in New York City, the sci-fi first person shooter seemed to be running with textures far more detailed than the earlier builds allowed for. This is particularly important for Sony's headset, as some criticism has been levelled at its visual fidelity compared to the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive competition.
The PlayStation 4 Pro will launch November 10 for £349/$399. And while they're not getting 4K support, all PlayStations (including the £249/$299 PlayStation Slim launching on September 15) will be getting a software update activating HDR support. Australian pricing has yet to be announced.
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Gerald is Editor-in-Chief of iMore.com. Previously he was the Executive Editor for TechRadar, taking care of the site's home cinema, gaming, smart home, entertainment and audio output. He loves gaming, but don't expect him to play with you unless your console is hooked up to a 4K HDR screen and a 7.1 surround system. Before TechRadar, Gerald was Editor of Gizmodo UK. He is also the author of 'Get Technology: Upgrade Your Future', published by Aurum Press.