Sony has announced its initial lineup of games that will benefit from the added processing power and improved display capabilities of its upcoming PlayStation 4 Pro console, including standouts like Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor and Rise of the Tomb Raider.
PlayStation 4 Pro owners will also see performance improvements in upcoming releases like Horizon: Zero Dawn, Days Gone, and Mass Effect: Andromeda.
Sony detailed its many planned hardware improvements for the PlayStation 4 Pro console during a lives-treamed presentation Wednesday, revealing that players can expect a faster GPU, improved processing power, and display capabilities that support high-dynamic range and 4K resolution.
A number of previously issued PlayStation 4 games will be updated to support the PlayStation 4 Pro’s capabilities, including Sony’s downloadable Infamous: Second Son spinoff Infamous: First Light, Warner Bros’ open-world action game Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, and Square Enix’s Rise of the Tomb Raider and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. Sony notes that select games will be given performance-boosting software updates after the launch of its upgraded hardware, making them “forward compatible” with PlayStation 4 Pro consoles,
Publisher Activision also plans to support the PlayStation 4 Pro at launch with an optimized version of its upcoming first-person shooter Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. Activision will also issue a software update for last year’s Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 that will enable faster frame rates on PlayStation 4 Plus consoles.
Many of the PlayStation 4 Pro-compatible titles showcased during today’s event are slated for release in 2017, including BioWare’s spacefaring RPG Mass Effect Andromeda, Guerrilla Games’ sci-fi third-person shooter Horizon: Zero Dawn, and Sony Bend’s zombie apocalypse action game Days Gone.
Sony revealed that it will upgrade “more than half a dozen” first-party games with support for PlayStation 4 Pro-specific features. A number of undisclosed third-party publishers are preparing similar updates for dozens of additional PS4 games, according to Sony.
The PlayStation 4 Pro console will be priced at $400 when it hits retail on November 10.