PS4 Models

What are the different PS4 models?

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Quick links to the three PS4 models we feature in this buyers guide:


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:

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    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

    white PS4 ProReleased 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.

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    PS4 Pro + Red Dead Redemption 2 for just £349.00
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    The small one: the PS4 Slim

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    The Pro wasn’t the only new PS4 to launch in 2016. In September that year, Sony replaced the original PlayStation 4 with a smaller and cheaper version that’s been unofficially named “PS4 Slim”. The outer design of the Slim is, however, better to maintain by design thanks to easier access to the internal fan. Because of this, the PS4 Slim’s lifespan is much improved over the original.

    In terms of performance, the PS4 Slim spec is identical to the original PS4, and is available with 500GB or 1TB storage.

    Is the difference in gameplay quality noticeable compared to the PS4 Pro?

    The major difference between the slim PS4 and PS4 Pro is the former’s inability to play games at 4K resolution. Thankfully this is the kind of flourish only really made noticeable when comparing the same game side by side, and those with a HDTV and a PS4 Slim will still see some improvements in HDR. Both the Pro and the Slim sport the same neat stacked design.

    Should I upgrade to the PS4 Slim?

    Compared with the original PS4, the only drastic feature missing from the PS4 Slim spec is an audio out jack, which most won’t find themselves needing. The main reason you’d likely consider an upgrade to the Slim is if you care about the size of the actual console. The PS4 Slim is about 1/3 smaller than he PS4 Fat. The other benefits include a more rounded case design and a new version of the DualShock 4 controller. Other than that, the specs are the same.

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    And finally, the original version: the PS4 Fat

    PS4 Console

    You’d be hard-pressed to find the original PS4 still available in shops these days. This is because the PS4 Slim was designed as (and now is) a straight replacement. Those original PS4 consoles should have all but disappeared.

    Should you buy an original PS4? We would have originally said yes due to the Slim’s initial limited storage possibilities, but since the PS4 Slim is now available with a 1TB as well as a 500GB option there really is no reason to. The only place you’re likely to find an original PS4 these days is at an outlet that sells them refurbished for a discounted price.

    Should I trade-in my PS4 and upgrade to the Pro?

    If you’re considering upgrading from original PS4 to the Pro, you’ll notice a huge difference with a 4K-ready TV when opting for the latter. For the more serious gamer, it’s a no brainer. But if you need a bit more persuasion, we have an in-depth guide for gamers upgrading to the PS4 Pro.

    Does PS4 Fat play the same games as PS4 Pro?

    Yes, all PS4 models can play the same games, but play them on a PS4 Pro and the visuals will be improved – especially if you also have a 4K tele.

    Where can I buy a cheap refurbished original PS4 console?

    It’s been a long time since the original PS4 was released, so finding decent conditioned original PS4’s isn’t an easy task. That’s where we can help, as we compare gaming deals every day! Check out today’s cheapest refurbished PS4 consoles from leading retailers including MusicMagpie, Argos and Ebay.


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    Now we’ve given a quick summary of each PS4 console available, you’re hopefully ready to take the leap an buy yourself a new console. We’ve been comparing prices of games consoles since 2011, so you’re already on the right website of you want to pay the cheapest price possible for your awesome new PS4. Hit the button below to see every single PS4 bundle available to buy today from the UK’s leading gaming retailers. Or if you’re not ready to buy just yet, why not sign-up for our WhatsApp price alerts to make sure you know exactly when the time is right to part with your hard earned cash.

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