PS4 vs. PS Pro: What’s the Verdict?


Sony finally unveiled its new PS4 Pro, which was known as PS4 Neo earlier. Although the company says that it’s not a new console generation entirely, it does bring a lot of upgrades to the table. Its main USP is the new support for 4K HDR gaming, but there are a few more crucial differences between the Pro and the newly redesigned standard console of the game. It’s a more slimmed down case now.

So are there any differences between the PS4 Pro and the PS4? Read on to find out!

Power and Features

The one thing that we know for sure is that the PS4 Pro exceeds PS4 in terms of processing power. Sony claims that the new AMD Polaris architecture is more than twice as fast as the PS4’s. What this means in terms of performance is that the Pro will run games much faster. The more intensive games will have fewer framerate tears, hence providing a smoother gaming experience across the board.

The increased GPU is more than double of the original PS4. This will go a long way in making sure that the gamers have access to unobstructed games.

Any new and recent PS4 games need to support a ‘Pro’ mode. What this effectively means is that either increased texture and effects quality and/or improved resolution. Essentially, games that support an increased 4K mode must run as smoothly as they do on any standard PS4 Pro console. So even if you don’t have a 4K TV, the games should look better on the PS4 Pro. But to what degree is all dependent on the developer.

On the other hand if you do have a 4K TV, the PS4 Pro adds support for the 4K output to easily facilitate all this. This means that you’ll be able to play games and stream certain content in Ultra HD.

However, the PS4 Pro doesn’t feature a 4K Blu-ray player and obviously the PS4 also doesn’t. So you won’t be able to stream content or play games in 4K.

Nevertheless, the latest software update by Sony has introduced support for HDR video and gaming as well as for the standard PS4 console. This means that while the PS4 will not be able to play games or stream in 4K, it will certainly bring HDR enhancements to the content. This includes more detail preserved in the image, more natural colours and brighter whites. Quite evidently, the PS4 Pro will no doubt support HDR, but you’ll need to invest in an HDR-ready set for both – PS4 and PS4 Pro.

Another valid reason for the performance boost on the Pro is the impending launch of PSVR, which is scheduled to be launched later this year. Both the PS4 Pro and PS4 will be able to support Sony’s new Virtual Reality (VR) platform. But some gaming developers seem disappointed in the current PS4 tech. They have said that it’s somewhat of a bottleneck when it comes to VR.

The Final Verdict

Depending on your media and gaming needs, both do look like that they will offer good value for money. Since both support the VR platform, they are all set to give you a futuristic gaming experience. But, all said and done, for a little extra money, the PS4 Pro seems like a more capable and better machine as it supports HDR as well as 4K technologies.

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