Sony unveils PlayStation 4 Pro

NEW YORK — Sony announced on Wednesday a powerful new version of its PlayStation 4 gaming console.

Called the PlayStation 4 Pro, the system will be capable of playing on 4K — or ultra-high resolution — and on HDR televisions. It’ll also be able to play 4K games.

The company showed off its new console system at a press event in New York City, providing a closer look at what’s ahead for gamers.

“It’s for the hardcore gamer — or the one who’s invested in a high-definition [display],” PS4 Pro creator Mark Cerny told attendees during a press event in New York City.

The console will feature a 1TB hard drive, advanced graphics and a faster processor.

The PS4 Pro is Sony’s answer to Microsoft’s XBox Scorpio. That system debuted at the G3 conference in June, but it won’t go on sale before the the 2017 holiday season. It’s expected to cost about $600.

Microsoft said Scorpio will be able to put games onto 4K. The company no longer releases XBox sales data, but the PS4 is known to be a better seller than the XBox One.

The next product launch gamers await is one from Nintendo, which is expected to unveil its mobile gaming device, the NX, in the near future.

Riding a wave of renewed mass appeal thanks to Pokémon Go, Nintendo will look for the NX to be a hit on the hardware market. Its Wii U console — launched in 2012 — has failed to gain much traction.