Sony just rocked our socks with the PS4 Pro reveal - it's the 4K resolution-packing, HDR-playing super console we've been waiting for.
There's plenty of reasons to get excited, whether you're itching to play the latest releases or have a backlog of old games you haven't got round to yet. It's because Sony has persuaded developers to remaster and optimise existing games for 4K and HDR.
That means there's going to be a lot to choose from by the time the November release rolls around - and that's before you include all the juicy upcoming launches set for the holiday season.
Here are a few of our favourites out of what's been confirmed so far.
The year’s best game so far deserves to be played in the best possible quality, so naturally Uncharted 4 is being updated to support the PS4 Pro. That means you’re going to see a whole bunch of historical buildings and artifacts crumble in astonishing fashion. As if we needed an excuse to play Nathan Drake’s final adventure all over again.
Infamous: First Light
This was the first game that truly sold the power of the PlayStation 4, so it makes sense to act as a PS4 Pro showcase too. Infamous: Second Son's standalone expansion had some pretty kick-ass visuals when they were running at 1080p and in SDR, but they'll be turned up to 11 for the more powerful hardware. If you thought the fictionalised version of Seattle was faithfully reproduced and the electrically-powered superpowers looked spectacular back then, you'll be blown away once you see them in 4K.
Shadow of Mordor is arguably the must-play game of this console generation, so that it’s being updated to support the PS4 Pro is fantastic news. Even if the mere mention of dwarves and orcs is usually enough to bring you out in hives, ...Mordor’s immense Nemesis system is worth putting those fears aside for. This is a title for Tolkien megafans and everyday geeks alike.
Infinite Warfare got a downright hostile fan reaction when it was announced earlier this year. So how do you respond to a record number of YouTube dislikes? By jazzing your space-themed frag fest in 4K, of course. Just imagine how gory those headshots are gonna be.
Killzone never really went beyond a reputation of being the best-looking shooter on PlayStation, but now developer Guerilla has been given a new franchise to turn its hand to. It’s fair to say this open-world action adventure game owes a stylistic debt to James Cameron's 3D-goggled spectacular Avatar. Given the studio’s heritage, it looks absolutely stunning, with a mix of high-tech dino-bots and nature reclaiming the planet back from humanity. And now HDR makes it look even better - which to be honest we didn't think was possible.
The best sci-fi RPG series yet may have ended with a damp squib (no spoilers), but if anything, that’s just made us more excited for the next installment. It’s a full character and story reset, with a new protagonist taking over from Captain Shepard hundreds of years in the future. The PS4 Pro reveal gave us a first look at gameplay, showing a familiar setting and gameplay - namely jet-packing around an foreign planet. The real draw here will be the stellar writing and voice acting, as well as playing another series of games where your choices have a real, lasting effect.
Sneaking, sniping or smashing your way through a neo-futuristic world where augmented humans are treated like second class citizens will look even better with HDR. Deus Ex is already beautifully stylised, but the extra dynamic range will really let sparks fly and add extra (colour) depth to Jenson’s adventure.
Rise of the Tomb Raider is the game that sold us the Xbox One S. Wrestling your way through a Siberian snowstorm at the game’s opening is absolutely glorious in Ultra HD on the PS4 Pro’s arch-nemesis, and it should look just as good on Sony’s new console. Plus its 20 Year Celebration edition comes with additional PS VR content.
Having watched Premier League football in 4K thanks to Sky Q, we weren’t looking forward to stepping back into old fashioned HD for FIFA 17. Thanks to the PS4 Pro, we’ll be able to enjoy Wayne Rooney’s glorious mug in all the detail it deserves. Sweet relief.