It seems that Sony’s going for a pinball theme in the penultimate PlayStation Store update before Christmas. Not content with confirming that Zen Pinball 2 will be flipping onto the next generation system on 17th December in North America and 18th December in Europe, the platform holder’s also revealed that The Pinball Arcade will be targeting a high-score on the exact same days.

Unlike its slightly more fantastical friend, Farsight Studios’ re-release will not be cross-buy compatible. If you’ve already splashed out on the title’s Season One bundle, though, you’ll be able to grab it again at a discounted sum for your shiny new system. There’s no word on specific prices just yet, but we’re sure that all will be revealed in the run up to release.

In addition to the most realistic physics on the market, the PS4 port of the popular pinball platform will ship with several visual improvements, including “per pixel ray casting, area lights [and] shadows, point lights, and screen space ambient occlusion”. In short, it will look almost as good as the real thing. Are you excited for next week’s steel ball showdown? Launch your thoughts in the comments section below.

[via blog.us.playstation.com, facebook.com]