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The PlayStation 4 Pro sports an extra gigabyte of RAM

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The PlayStation 4 Pro is coming next month. For many, it’s an unnecessary (but nice!) upgrade, with higher clocks and a more capable GPU, the PS4 Pro will make games on look and run better. It’s especially lustworthy when paired with an HDR-capable UHD screen.

Even those sporting regular HD screens will see a benefit thanks to super-sampling, which will render games at higher resolutions, and then fit them to your current screen – resulting in a crisper, clearer image. Some games will even just add more effects and physics on 1080p setups.

Interestingly, to do all of this the PS4 Pro requires a little bit more RAM. 1GB of it, to be precise. The current PS4 sports 8GB of superfast GDDR5 memory. While the amount of GDDR5 in the PS4 Pro will remain constant, it’ll also sport an extra gigabyte of regular old DRAM. But why?

“We felt games needed a little more memory, about 10 percent more, so we added about 1GB of slow, conventional DRAM to the console,” the soft-voiced PlayStation architect Mark Cerny explained to IGN.

It’ll mostly be used for application switching, Cerny says – with the overall, net effect of the extra memory meaning that PS4Pro games get an extra 512MB to play with for their rendering needs.

In effect, “games have just a little more memory, 512MB to be exact, and most of that is used for the various buffers needed when rendering high-resolution or higher-quality graphics, and the game assets… stay the same, they just look a heck of a lot better on the new console.”

The PlayStation 4 Pro is out on November 10 – and can be used for doing step exercises when not being used for games.

Last Updated: October 21, 2016

44 Comments

  1. Pariah ???

    October 21, 2016 at 09:01

    Don’t overdo it Sony.

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  2. Ottokie

    October 21, 2016 at 09:01

    “and can be used for doing step exercises when not being used for games.”

    What’s been seen can not be unseen O.o

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    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      October 21, 2016 at 09:04

      It’s a good idea for the console couch potatoes.

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      • Ottokie

        October 21, 2016 at 09:05

        Because they don’t have a good sitting posture for gaming? 😛

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        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          October 21, 2016 at 09:16

          Exactly!

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        • Lord Chaos

          October 21, 2016 at 09:16

          Can always use it as a booster seat.

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    • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

      October 21, 2016 at 09:14

      It certainly is a “step up” from the previous PS4 O_o

      Reply

  3. Lord Chaos

    October 21, 2016 at 09:07

    And I thought I was overdoing it with 32GB RAM in my PC. 😛

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    • Ottokie

      October 21, 2016 at 09:08

      That’s cause we don’t “upscale” and call it 4K 😛

      Reply

  4. Dutch Matrix

    October 21, 2016 at 09:08

    But where’s the cupholder?

    Reply

  5. DragonSpirit009

    October 21, 2016 at 09:12

    Still don’t know if I should save money for this!

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    • Nikola

      October 21, 2016 at 09:17

      DO IT!!! haha

      Reply

  6. Nikola

    October 21, 2016 at 09:17

    So my bday is 2 days after this comes out, maaaybe someone will buy it for me:(

    Reply

  7. konfab

    October 21, 2016 at 09:19

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CvRfW-TUAAE_LHp.jpg

    Quick question, why don’t you guys show off your amazing photoshop work on the main site?

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    • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

      October 21, 2016 at 09:21

      Because some looks B-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-d when it’s enlarged?

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    • HairyEwok

      October 21, 2016 at 09:24

      Should’ve been a bigger ram, so it’s a Gigaram

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    • Geoffrey Tim

      October 21, 2016 at 09:59

      The ssecondary image is what gets sent out to FB and Twitter etc, so i use the silly images to hopefully draw people in.

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      • Ottokie

        October 21, 2016 at 10:01

        Hidden Freddy or Jason in pics soon?

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      • Lord Chaos

        October 21, 2016 at 10:01

        So clickbait. 😛
        How rude

        Reply

      • Admiral Chief

        October 21, 2016 at 10:13

        LOL

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  8. Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

    October 21, 2016 at 09:19

    • konfab

      October 21, 2016 at 09:20

      Only if you are planning to run the Goat simulator.

      Reply

  9. Pieter Kruger

    October 21, 2016 at 09:21

    Gears Of War 4 has old Marcus, Sony has old RAAM…..coincidence?

    Reply

    • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

      October 21, 2016 at 09:24

      And the new Nintendo looks like it was chainsawed to pieces. Starting to see a pattern here

      Reply

      • Pieter Kruger

        October 21, 2016 at 09:26

        3 Way Cross Platform Play CONFIRMED!

        Reply

  10. MakeItLegal

    October 21, 2016 at 09:30

    thats great and all, but whats happening with BF! and severs ? meant to pick up my pre order soon and need to know if i should cancel it ? lazy help a solider out here

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    • Lord Chaos

      October 21, 2016 at 09:38

      Can it like the British can beans

      Reply

      • MakeItLegal

        October 21, 2016 at 09:46

        seriously? i cant find any EA south Africa details… omg this is a epic failure

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    • Geoffrey Tim

      October 21, 2016 at 09:49

      • Ottokie

        October 21, 2016 at 09:50

        Well that’s disappointing

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        • Viper_ZA

          October 21, 2016 at 09:51

          Maybe we will get a few rent-a-servers going with lower pings? I am holding out until that happens…IF that happens.

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          • Ottokie

            October 21, 2016 at 09:52

            Yea there should be a few popping up and becoming popular enough, but that just means I will buy this only when it goes on sale.

          • Viper_ZA

            October 21, 2016 at 09:53

            Agreed, R800 odd is a no go. Funny enough, CNA honoured the initial preorder at R600 a copy…

          • Ottokie

            October 21, 2016 at 09:54

            CNA has actually become a very decent store for games the last few years. While BT games have lost the plot completely

          • Viper_ZA

            October 21, 2016 at 09:54

            Haha, ye they have definitely improved and that Store Card has been put to good use 🙂

        • Admiral Chief

          October 21, 2016 at 10:12

          No “that’s what she said” jokes?

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          • Ottokie

            October 21, 2016 at 10:14

            There is no “she”

      • MakeItLegal

        October 21, 2016 at 09:56

        omg…400 hours with bf4 give or take….i am in shock…this company…. i want to immigrate…not becuase of zuma and the cANCer , but because of severs… i want to jump ship now..also no titan fall 2…our country has hit a new low

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        • Viper_ZA

          October 21, 2016 at 09:58

          Give it time, I am sure we will get something locally for BF1 anyway. BF4 was a broken mess when it first launched, here’s hoping EA and some of the ISP’s put together a server or two for us SA folk ;p

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          • MakeItLegal

            October 21, 2016 at 10:01

            i will wait, but i am over level 9000 in terms of being pissed… EA tactics can jump into the 2nd game sections

  11. 40 Insane Frogs

    October 21, 2016 at 12:55

    I believe… I must have it.

    Reply

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