What are the different PS4 models?
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When the PlayStation 4 launched in November 2013 there was only one 500GB model available, and this made it easy to step into the next generation of consoles with relative ease. Times have since changed, however, and now the original PS4 can only be picked up second hand, with shops stocking the new and improved PS4 Slim and PS4 Pro models only. So that’s three different PS4 models – each with their own slight differences.
Here’s today’s cheapest price for a PS4 Slim and PS4 Pro, both in brand new condition:
But which PS4 should you buy? This depends on multiple factors, such as whether your TV is 4K-ready; how much storage memory you need to play games; and if you plan on introducing PlayStation VR to your set-up in the future. Whatever your requirements, it’s good to stay informed so you can lay the ‘PS4 vs PS4 Pro vs PS4 Slim’ debate to rest.
The most powerful model: the PS4 Pro
Released on 10th November 2016, PS4 Pro is the newest version of the console. It’s a more powerful version of the original PS4, with a faster graphics processor and support for 4K and HDR TVs. It plays all the same games as the original PS4, with improved graphics and performance in certain games that have been specifically developed to make use of this increased functionality.
While the PS4 Pro is currently the only model capable of playing compatible games in true 4K resolution, those with a standard HDTV will still likely see image improvement thanks to what’s known as High Dynamic Range or HDR. This effectively boosts the vividness of the blacks and whites that sit at opposite ends of the colour spectrum, resulting in higher fidelity graphics as you play.
Even if you don’t have a 4K TV or interest in HDR, the PS4 Pro is a good choice if you want higher frame rates and detail levels. It’s the PS4 model most suited to players who want to experience the newest, latest and best.
What’s the difference between the PS4 Pro and the original PS4?
The difference between the 500gb PS4 released at launch and a 4K-ready PS4 Pro is almost night and day. The two consoles share the same PS4 game library, but the Pro features an entirely matte chassis design compared to the original PS4’s glossy top and is the only way to enjoy 4K visuals on PlayStation. Read our PS4 vs PS4 Pro guide if you have the original PS4 and you’re considering upgrading to the PS4 Pro.
How does the PS4 Pro differ to the PS4 Slim?
The biggest aesthetic difference between the PS4 Pro and PS4 Slim is what we’ll call the ‘lack of stack’, where the Pro features a three-tier chassis and the Slim only featuring two. The Slim is a worthy replacement for the original model PS4, despite the lack of 4K visuals.
Do I need a 4K TV to use a PS4 Pro?
Nope, it works with any HDTV. But, if you do have a 4K TV, then some games will display in 4K and, if your TV supports it, HDR. If you don’t have a 4K TV, you’ll still benefit from buying a PS4 Pro as the framerates will be higher and you’ll notice a higher level of detail.
Will the PS4 Pro play my old PS4 games?
If you’ve been a PlayStation 4 gamer for a while, and already amassed a huge game collection, fear not – the PS4 Pro will still be able to play all of them. You’ll even be tempted to dig out some of your old faves, as some games will have improved performance. Happy days!
Will there be any PS4 Pro exclusive games?
Even though the PS4 Pro offers greater performance, there’s no exclusive ‘PS4 Pro only’ games planned by Sony. Its policy is quite clear in that all PS4 games sold will be playable on any PS4 model you own.