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Sony Announces PlayStation 4 Pro, PS4 Slim

Sony on Wednesday announced a hardware update to its current-gen home video game console: The PlayStation 4 Pro.

The console upgrade will display games at a 4K resolution. The current PlayStation 4 can only output game footage at 1080p, although it can display photos and stream video at 4K.

The GPU will receive an update, as will the clock rate of the CPU to better the framerate. The PlayStation 4 Pro will also ship with a 1 TB hard-drive, double the storage space of the base model out now.

The Pro will also allow games to pack more onscreen, from hordes of enemies to more flora and fauna in the environment.

Sony showed off footage from games such as a new "Spider-Man" game in development by Insomniac. The web-slinger's suit showed off distinct details that should be evident on 4K displays.

A new Netflix app was also announced, which will contain 600 hours of 4K programming.

Mark Cerny, one of the architects of the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita consoles, also explained the new console's high dynamic range -- HDR for short -- display output.

The PlayStation 4 Pro will launch on Nov. 10 for $399.

The presentation was a confirmation of rumors first reported by Kotaku back in March. Back then, Patrick Klepek published leaked details about the hardware update, then known by its codename: Neo.

As expected, Sony also announced a design revision to the base-level PlayStation 4. The PS4 Slim, like the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 2 revisions before it is a slightly smaller console with the same innards as its predecessor. It will come packaged with a new DualShock 4 controller and retail for $299.

The PS4 Slim will hit store shelves on Sept. 15.

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