PS4 vs PS4 Pro: The Differences Explained
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With the original launch PS4 model now six years old, it was always inevitable that a smaller, much neater-looking console revision would be released on the market. We eventually got this by way of the PS4 Slim hitting shelves in September 2016, but what history hadn’t taught us to expect was a second hardware iteration aimed towards hardcore players that want to enjoy the best graphics and performance possible on modern consoles. That is until the PS4 Pro arrived on the scene.
Released just a few months after the PS4 Slim in November 2016, the PS4 Pro is a super-charged variation of the UK’s best-selling console that affords players the ability to play games in glorious 4K. It’s been specifically designed and manufactured to boost anyone’s PS4 experience, easily identifiable from the classic PS4 model thanks to its three-tiered chassis design.
There are, however, multiple differences between the two, so we’ve put together this helpful guide to help those looking to upgrade lay the PS4 vs PS4 Pro debate to rest for good. If you’re still playing on the original PS4 model or PS4 Slim, here’s why the PS4 Pro might possibly tempt you into being a part of the 4K revolution.
PS4 vs PS4 Pro: At A Glance
|Features||Original PS4||PS4 Pro|
|Power||1.8 teraflops||4.2 teraflops|
|Noise level||50 decibels||44 decibels|
PS4 vs PS4 Pro: Performance
The biggest, most important modification made in the leap from standard PS4 to PS4 Pro is obviously the upgraded hardware working under the hood. The PS4 Pro almost doubles the amount of horsepower present in the original “fat” PS4, running at a GPU of 4.2 teraflops compared to the 1.84 teraflops of its 2013 predecessor. This is what’s needed to render games at 4K quality, also bringing with it steadier framerates, quicker load times and HDR (high dynamic range).
Outside of being able to run games at 4K quality, the PS4 Pro also features an extra 1GB of RAM reserved for non-gaming applications. That’s music to ears of any Netflix or Prime addicts out there, as switching between such applications is suddenly made much snappier. It’s also worth noting that since PS4 software update 4.50, a new feature called ‘Boost mode’ that will dramatically increase the performance of some games across all PS4 systems. It won’t reach the heights of 4K, but still results in smoother performance.
PS4 vs PS4 Pro: Design
We’ve already highlighted that it’s easy to tell the PS4 and PS4 Pro apart visually thanks to the three-tiered design of the latter. Outside of this though is the difference in size, with the dimensions of each being as follows:
- Original PS4: 27.5 x 30.5 x 5.3cm
- PS4 Pro: 29.5 x 32.7 x 5.5cm
The PS4 Pro might appear sleeker and slightly smaller at first glance, but as you can tell it is in fact slightly larger to help account for the extra processing power being done by the hardware under the hood. To put in more digestible terms, the PS4 Pro is 20% larger than the original PS4.
Another small but important design change in the PS4 Pro is how easy it now is to access the console’s fan. Whereas previously you’d need precise tools to get inside, simply slide off the top blowing away any dust with a can of compressed air, and no longer do you need to worry about the risk of your PS4 overheating.
PS4 vs PS4 Pro: Price
Of course, the ability to play your PS4 games at eye-widening 4K resolution means that it comes with a slightly higher price point. The standard RRP of a PS4 Pro without a game or subscription will net you around the £400 mark, but that’s not as unreasonable as it seems when you consider that the original 2013 console retailed for £349 when it landed on store shelves.
For just £50 than this original price you can enjoy the latest blockbuster games and PlayStation exclusives in stunning 4K. However, shopping around and finding a good bargain (like the many we compare here at Console Deals) is a good way to offset some of this cost. For instance, it isn’t unusual to find a 1TB PS4 Pro with a new release bundled in for as low as £349 every so often. The PS4 Slim, by comparison, is always significantly lower than the PS4 Pro but it’s without 4K support.
PS4 vs PS4 Pro: Games
While playing any game on PS4 Pro is sure to have a positive effect, there are a few blockbuster releases that have been specifically designed to take advantage of this extra boost in horsepower. It’s in these games that players can experience the most stunning graphical details like smoother curves, warmer skin tones and more believable environment textures such as grass.
Here’s a brief list of some of the PS4 Pro enhanced titles:
- Marvel’s Spiderman
- Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
- Resident Evil 2
- FIFA 19
- Red Dead Redemption 2
- God of War
PS4 vs PS4 Pro: Summary
If you’re a console player that enjoys getting the very best visuals and performance out of your blockbuster games, then the PS4 Pro is a very tempting prospect. It enhances the graphics to such a degree that even certain experiences are comparable to their PC counterpart, boosting the HDR so that greater detail can be seen in Whites and Blacks, steadying framerates to a smooth degree and upping the resolution to stunning 4K.
Those who are upgrading from either a launch PS4 or PS4 Slim console will see the biggest change, with PS4 Pro enhanced games looking and feeling more life-like than you would have been able to experience them previously. You do need a 4K-ready TV to take full advantage of the boost in visuals, but such screens are becoming more affordable by the day and a PS4 Pro acts as the perfect accompaniment.
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