The PS4 Pro will be out on November the 10th 2016.
At the moment there's only a basic console option to buy: PS4 Pro, controller and wires. However, expect to see plenty of retail bundles closer to release, as well as potentially some official bundles including games that are enhanced on the PlayStation Pro.
Technically, yes this is a new PlayStation but it's only really an enhanced version of the one you already have. Think of it as a PS4.5 - it's got a little more power under the hood for better framerates, graphics and other effects but it essentially plays exactly the same games and uses the same Store, OS etc.
The PS4 Pro box contains all the essentials. There's an HDMI cable, a USB cable, and in-ear mono headset, a AC power cord and the new DualShock controller with the light bar on the touchpad.
You can see the full specs below but the main thing is that it's more powerful than the current PS4. Both share the same CPU but it's the GPU where the extra grunt comes from.
The original PS4/PS4 Slim currently rocks 1.84 TFLOPS (a measure of computing power) while the Pro has 4.20 TFLOPS. Here's a full breakdown of all the important numbers:
Product name PlayStation 4 Pro
Product code CUH-7000 series
CPU: x86-64 AMD “Jaguar”, 8 cores
GPU: 4.20 TFLOPS, AMD Radeon based graphics engine
Memory GDDR5 8GB
Storage size 1TB
External dimensions Approx. 295×55×327 mm (width × height × length (excludes largest projection)
Mass Approx. 3.3 kg
BD/ DVD drive (read only) BD × 6 CAV DVD × 8 CAV
Input/ Output Super-Speed USB (USB 3.1 Gen.1) port × 3, AUX port × 1
Networking Ethernet (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T)×1 IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Bluetooth 4.0 (LE)
Power AC 100V, 50/60Hz
Power consumption Max. 310W
Operating temperature 5ºC – 35ºC
AV output HDMI out port (supports 4K/HDR)
DIGITAL OUT (OPTICAL) port
Nope. This is just a PS4, albeit one with better graphics and more power. Apart from that it'll just run all the same things, use the same Store and when you log in, all your saves, games, films and so on will be exactly where you left them (once you redownload it).
The PS4 Pro will play the same games as the current PS4 or the PlayStation 4 Slim. However developers will be able to use the Pro's extra power to improve framerates, draw distance, textures, resolutions and add extra effects, as well as HDR (see below). Currently not every new game will use it, although the promise that after launch "virtually all" new releases will. A few things already out will have support patched in.
Here's the list of PS4 Pro enhanced games to date.
Nope. Sony are really insistent about that. Here's what its official word is on the matter:
"There will not be any PS4 Pro-exclusive games. Because PS4 Pro and the standard PS4 are members of the same family, both systems will be fully compatible with all past, present, and future PS4 titles, including PlayStation VR. All PS4 games are PS4 Pro games, and vice-versa."
Sony are promising the PS4 Pro will "render higher or more consistent framerates, increased environmental and character model detail, improved overall visual quality, and other related visual enhancements". So, a bit prettier then.
HDR or high dynamic range refers to an increased ability to render colours and contrast making games look sharper and more vibrant. That's actually been patched into current PS4 as well although you'll need a TV that can display HDR. It should be easy to spot in the difference in these two GIFs below. The top one is a normal PS4, the bottom a PS4 Pro with HDR.
Ummm... Not really. For games at least. Sony has repeatedly referred to '4K gaming' but avoided key terms like 'native 4K'. When pressed about it PlayStation boss Andrew House said that "the majority [of games] will be upscaled based on the game portfolio I have seen to date".
The Blu-ray player also won't support Ultra 4K Blu-ray because Sony are banking on most people streaming 4K shows and films instead. (Which will actually be true 4K.)
No. You'll get the best out of a PS4 Pro via a 4K TV with HDR but you can use the console on any TV with an HDMI.
However, you will need a premium HDMI input port on the TV and premium HDMI cable if you want to see the PS4 Pro at its best. A premium HDMI cable can display a 4K signal at up to 60 frames per second as apposed to older cables that can do 4K but only at 30 frames per second. The PS4 Pro does come with a premium cable but you might have to fork out if you want a longer one.
Check out this handy table to see what the PS4 Pro can do. Note this is for 4K content, not games.