Although it was codenamed the PlayStation Neo, PS4K or PS4.5 all throughout the build-up to an official launch, we now know that the new 4K PlayStation console is called the PS4 Pro.

We also know that it's coming sooner than originally thought.

So here's everything you need to know about the PS4 Pro in order to help you make a decision on whether to plump for one or not.

Right across the rumour period we always thought that a suped-up Sony console would likely be 2017 release. It made sense considering its major rival, Project Scorpio, was always planned for next year. And we didn't think Sony would want to deflect attention from its redesigned standard PS4.

We were wrong, however. During its 7 September "PlayStation Meeting", the company revealed that the PS4 Pro will be available from 10 November 2016.

Its price was another welcome shock that came during the official announcement event. The 4K, highly spec'ed console is to be just £349 on release. That's cheaper than some standard PlayStation 4s are selling for today.

Details of the PS4 Pro's specifications are now available and good reading for those interested in such things.

They are very similar to the specs leaked a month or two ago - in fact, like for like. But if you haven't seen them previously, here's what to expect from your new machine:

  • Model number: CUH-7000 series
  • Single-chip custom processor
  • CPU: x86-64 AMD "Jaguar", 8 cores
  • GPU: 4.20 TFLOPS, AMD Radeon based graphics engine
  • 1TB Hard drive
  • Approximately 295 × 55 × 327 mm (excludes largest projection)
  • Approximately 3.3 kg
  • BD × 6 CAV
  • DVD × 8 CAV
  • Super-Speed USB (USB 3.1 Gen.1) port × 3
  • AUX port × 1
  • Ethernet (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T) × 1
  • IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth 4.0 (LE)
  • AC 100V, 50/60Hz
  • Max. 310W
  • 5-degrees C – 35-degrees C
  • HDMI out port (supports 4K/HDR)
  • Digital out (optical port)

The PS4 Pro is more a mid-to-next generation console than a complete new-gen machine. It is designed to complement rather than discard the original PlayStation. instead, the company has created a new, slimmer PS4 - a machine also revealed at the special media briefing - and that is designed to replace the original box completely.

There were plenty of naysayers who suggested that, considering the leaked specifications, the GPU configuration would never been able to run games in a 4K resolution.

Sony, however, has proved them wrong. We saw it running several game demos in 4K Ultra HD and they looked superb. What's more, they adopt High Dynamic Range (HDR) picture tech too, in order to make use of a wider colour gamut and expanded contrast.

Some developers might choose to drop the resolution a tad in order to up frame rate, but the console itself seems to be capable of full 4K rendering.

During the launch, Sony Computer Entertainment boss Andrew House confirmed that both Netflix and YouTube are on board as streaming partners. New versions of their apps will be available to PS4 Pro owners from day one.

They will both offer 4K HDR video content for users to stream on their consoles via the internet. They will no doubt be followed by other services.

One bone of contention about the console's media ambitions though is that it cannot, for some unfathomable reason, play 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray discs. Considering Sony is a major driver in that format, with one of the biggest libraries of discs available, it seems an odd omission.

It doesn't seem to be something that can be added later through a software update either. The disc drive itself is not capable of spinning 4K Blu-rays.