Date
16 December 2017
Andrew House, chief executive of Sony Interactive Entertainment, speaks about the company's partnership with Netflix during the unveiling of PlayStation 4 Pro in New York City on Wednesday. Photo: Reuters
Andrew House, chief executive of Sony Interactive Entertainment, speaks about the company's partnership with Netflix during the unveiling of PlayStation 4 Pro in New York City on Wednesday. Photo: Reuters

Sony unveils new versions of PlayStation 4

Sony Interactive Entertainment, a division of Sony Corp., has unveiled two new versions of its PlayStation 4 Console.

The PlayStation 4 Pro, which will launch on Nov. 10, will support higher resolution and more realistic imagery by enabling 4k resolution and higher dynamic range (HDR), said Andrew House, chief executive of Sony Interactive Entertainment, at a PlayStation event in New York City on Tuesday announcing the new products. 

The console will cost US$399.

Additionally, the company unveiled a slimmer, lighter and more energy efficient version of its PlayStation 4 Console, which will come out on Sept. 15 and will cost US$299.

PlayStation Pro, whose code name is “Neo”, will support Sony’s virtual reality headset, due to launch in October.

The PlayStation VR headset will go on sale in the United States on Oct. 13 with 50 titles available by the end of the year, the company said.

Sony is also planning an upgrade that will enable all 40 million users of its PlayStation 4 console to upgrade to HDR, House said.

Netflix Inc. will launch a new app when the console launches with 600 hours of 4k content, including its hit crime series Narcos, House said.

Google’s YouTube unit is also planning an app for PS4 Pro, he said.

Since the 2013 launch, Sony has sold more than 40 million units of the PlayStation 4 console, far outpacing Microsoft Corp.’s XBox One and Nintendo Co. Ltd.’s Wii U.

In the financial year through March 2017, Sony expects the gaming unit to account for 45 percent of its overall operating profit.

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