So, with much use of the PlayStation 4, I have a pretty good idea if you should buy it or not.The PS4 was well established as the new winner of the console world in regards to pure power. Although, not that long ago, this trophy has been given to the PS4 Pro. At £100 more, is the slight performance boost worth it over the PS4?
Firstly, I’ll start with the aesthetic/hardware changes to the PS4. The PS4 Pro now looks like a burger in comparison to the PS4’s angular design approach. Sony have now decided to make the Pro all matte, which I’m sure everybody will agree is a great move. The PS4 Pro is now substantially thicker measuring 295mm x 55mm x 327mm (WxHxD) and weighing a hefty 3.3kg.
Games that support an increased ‘4K’ mode have to run as smoothly as they do on the standard PS4 console. Even if you don’t have a 4K TV, games will look better on the PS4 Pro, though to what degree is down to the developer.
The real difference between the two consoles is the GPU. The graphics on the Pro are about twice as fast, resulting in bigger performance gains if the game you are playing is GPU intensive. You will see less tears when gaming, and texture quality will be improved. YOu can play some games in 4K too, despite it being upscaled in most cases. It also features improved Wi-Fi. Here are the PS4 Pro specs:
- Main processor: Custom-chip single Processor
- CPU: x86-64 AMD “Jaguar,” 8 cores
- GPU: 4.20 TFLOPS, AMD Radeon™ based graphics engine
- Memory: GDDR5 8GB 1GB of VRAM
- Storage size: 1TB
- External dimensions: Approx. 295×55×327 mm (width × height × length)
- Mass: Approx. 3.3 kg
- Input/Output: Super-Speed USB (USB 3.1 Gen.1) port × 3, AUX port × 1
- Networking: Ethernet (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T)×1, IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth® 4.0 (LE)
- Power: AC 100V, 50/60Hz
- Power consumption: Max. 310W
- Operating temp: 5ºC – 35ºC
- AV Output: HDMI out port (supports 4K/HDR) DIGITAL OUT (OPTICAL) port
I will link below the Amazon links to both the PS4 and PS4 Pro (with no games). The PS4 Pro can be found for £375/$400, and the PS4 Slim can be found for £216/$268.
Should You Upgrade?
If you are upgrading from a previous gen console, then my answer would be a definitve yes. However if you are coming from the original PS4, then spending another £375 to get a little benefit won’t do you any good. Definitely don’t upgrade if you don’t own a 4K TV, since that’s the whole point of the release of the PS4 Pro. Sony is clear that there can be no games exclusive to the PS4 Pro. All software must work on the older hardware, be it the original PS4 or the slimmer 2016 model.