It seems that the shift in focus from creating a new PlayStation to upgrading the PlayStation 4 Pro has meant incremental but important changes.
One such change is the announcement that the new PlayStation 4 Pro will have an additional 1GB of RAM. Lead architect Mark Cerny explains in a recent interview that, “We felt games needed a little more memory, about 10 percent more, so we added about 1GB of slow, conventional DRAM to the console.” This is particularly useful for moving between a running app and a running game on the PlayStation 4 Pro.
In addition, an extra 512MB of RAM can be utilized by games, bringing that number up from 5GB to 5.5GB. To PC gamers, this might not seem like a crazy jump, but a 10% increase in game power can make all the difference between impressive graphics and game-changing graphics.
This comes on the heel of the announcement (again from Mark Cerny) that the PlayStation 4 Pro will have a replaceable hard drive, something consoles last generation had. This will become increasingly necessary as 100+ GB games like Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare become closer to the norm.
The PlayStation 4 Pro releases November 10 for $399.