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Up close with the powerful PlayStation 4 Pro

This is Sony's latest, greatest game console.

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Sean Hollister
When his parents denied him a Super NES, he got mad. When they traded a prize Sega Genesis for a 2400 baud modem, he got even. Years of Internet shareware, eBay'd possessions and video game testing jobs after that, he joined Engadget. He helped found The Verge, and later served as Gizmodo's reviews editor. When he's not madly testing laptops, apps, virtual reality experiences, and whatever new gadget will supposedly change the world, he likes to kick back with some games, a good Nerf blaster, and a bottle of Tejava.
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Sony PlayStation 4 Pro

Sony's PlayStation 4 Pro arrives November 10 for $400, £350 or AU$560. It's the most powerful PlayStation yet...and we got up close and personal with the new game system.

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Sony PlayStation 4 Pro

The PS4 Pro is like a double-decker sandwich. Twice the graphical power, and twice the physical layers as well compared with the original PS4. You can barely see the Blu-ray optical disc drive inside the top layer of filling. Sony's also keeping up a fine tradition of hiding the power button.

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Sony PlayStation 4 Pro

The eject button is similarly hard to find, along with a pair of USB ports.

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Sony PlayStation 4 Pro

On the right, you'll find some hidden PlayStation button symbols (cross, triangle, square, circle). Why? The translucent pegs in the vertical stand are shaped like those button logos!

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Sony PlayStation 4 Pro

You'll also find the PlayStation button logos on the bottom of the PS4 Pro, acting as rubber feet to keep the system from sliding around.

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Sony PlayStation 4 Pro

Around back, all your ports. The PS4 Pro uses a chunkier, PC-style power cable (like an Xbox) though the power supply is still thankfully on the inside. The PS4 Pro also uses faster USB 3.1 ports instead of USB 3.0.

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Sony PlayStation 4 Pro

Here's the easy-access hard-drive tray, if you want to replace your PS4 Pro hard drive. Sony won't say whether the SATA speeds have improved, so we don't know whether a solid-state drive would make a difference for game loads.

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Sony PlayStation 4 Pro

In some light, the PS4 Pro looks downright gray...

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Sony PlayStation 4 Pro

...but in other light, it can look quite black.

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Sony PlayStation 4 Pro

And that shiny silver PlayStation logo sure is shiny -- it acts like a little mirror!

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