A revolution is happening in video games with the emergence of mid-generation hardware upgrades. Microsoft and Sony are bringing out upgraded hardware and Sony will launch their’s next month.

PlayStation 4 is enjoying never-before-seen success, but Sony is hoping to capitalize on it with PS4 Pro. The system will launch in less than a month from now, and many of us are wondering what changes it will or won’t bring.

Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics have released Rise of the Tomb Raider on PS4 today, but the game will embrace PS4 Pro next month. Crystal Dynamics’ Chris Johnston talked about PS4 Pro and the features Rise of the Tomb Raider will have for it.

“Whenever there’s a new piece of hardware that comes out, it pushes us to find new and creative ways to push the technology further. It’s exciting for us so as we move forward, it teaches us new techniques to really push games forward.

“Players that have the PS4 Pro version will have sliders to be able to control how they run the game. [They can run it at] 30 frames per second at 4K or they can choose to run the game at 60 frames per second. It’s really about giving the player options…If they don’t have a new 4KTV but just bought a PS4 Pro, they can run the game at a silky smooth, 60 frames per second,” Johnston said.

Much like we see with new generations of consoles, these mid-generation upgrades may take time before we see what they are truly capable of. Crystal Dynamics’ features for Rise of the Tomb Raider are quite fan-friendly and accommodate the obvious fact that will face many PS4 Pro owners: they own a PS4 Pro but don’t own a 4KTV.

If  you’re looking for good 4KTV deals, Amazon consistently has solid ones and you can view some of them here. Remember the bigger the TV you purchase, the higher refresh rate it’ll need to have to ensure smooth visuals and no blurriness. Anything above 60″ you should be looking for 240Hz and higher. If you’re between 40″ and 60″ then 120Hz should work well. 60Hz still works for TVs in the 30’s and lower, but even for 30″ I would still try to find 120Hz just in case.

For some of the deals you see out there, a 55″ that’s on sale for $499.99 is usually because its refresh rate is 60Hz. Just be sure you’re getting what you want because refresh rate can make all the difference in the world, both good and bad. Case and point here. These are everything, so make sure you shop smart.

PS4 Pro will launch this coming Nov. 10, but you can pick up Rise of the Tomb Raider now on PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC. Stick around here at We Write Things for more on Rise of the Tomb Raider in the coming hours.

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