Playstation 4 Sony presents two console variants

Playstation 4 Sony presents two console variants

Playstation 4 Sony presents two console variants
Sony presented the Playstation 4 in New York.  Source: REUTERS

wants to consolidate its supremacy in game consoles with two new versions of the Playstation 4. The Japanese electronics giant presented the “PS4 Pro” in the Playstation Theater in New York’s Times Square, a more powerful high-end upgrade aimed at die-hard gaming fans.

In addition, with the “PS4 Slim”, a slimmed-down and more energy-efficient variant was shown, which is intended to appeal to new customer groups and to compete with the Xbox One S from Microsoft, which has been available since August.

The “PS4 Slim” will be available from September 15 for 299 euros, the “PS4 Pro” from November 10 for 399 euros. The new consoles are not a new generation of products, but Sony is putting its range on a broader basis. The debut of the Playstation 4, of which more than 43 million devices have already been sold, is now back to November 2013.

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According to expert Piers Harding-Rolls from the analysis company IHS Markit Technology, the Pro console reflects a market trend towards shorter product cycles: “Consumers are looking for more regular hardware updates and electronics companies want to sell more devices”.

Most of the games for the original version are compatible with the Pro version developed under the code name “Neo”, Sony promises. The company presented its first Playstation in 1994, and the next generations followed in 2000 and 2006.

The competition never sleeps

Sony clearly dominates the market for game consoles, ahead of Microsoft’s Xbox and Nintendo’s Wii U. But both rivals also want to launch new, more powerful machines next year.

Microsoft is planning a new generation with the code name “Project Scorpio” for Christmas 2017, which should be particularly suitable for games in virtual reality. It will be “the most powerful console that has ever been built,” the head of the Xbox business, Phil Spencer, announced in June at the E3 game fair in Los Angeles.

Sony also relies heavily on virtual reality. The Japanese want to bring their Playstation VR system onto the market in October. One was surprised by the high demand, said Uwe Bassendowski, Germany boss of Sony Computer Entertainment, in mid-August at the games fair Gamescom in Cologne. The pre-orders would already be in the five-digit range. At the Playstation event in New York, the company held back with further details in terms of VR.