PlayStation 4 Pro vs PS4: Do you really NEED the PS4 Pro?
PlayStation 4 Pro vs PS4: Features
On the features front, the PS4 and PS4 Slim are almost identical. For some reason Sony has felt the need to ditch the PS4’s optical-out port on the Slim, but it does include dual-band a/g/b/n Wi-Fi, allowing the PS4 to access both 2.4 and 5g wireless bands for the first time.
The PlayStation 4 Pro also has access to Sony’s improved Wi-Fi card, without ditching the optical-out, and features a much-welcome USB 3 port on its rear as well. Unlike the Slim and original PS4, the Pro makes use of the same thick kettle lead power cable found on the beefy launch PS3. As you can imagine, this also means it draws more power than either of its siblings.
The latest PlayStation software update has also brought about a new and handy feature to both PS4 and PS4 Pro – Ethernet transfer. Now, via the rear Ethernet port, you can transfer all your save data, game files, game installs and licenses to another PS4. As you can imagine, this completely slashes the time it takes to transfer content from PS4 to PS4 Pro, which is never a bad thing.
PS4 Pro’s best feature, however, is immense improvements to 1080p play in supported titles. Making use of Supersampling (a 2K image down-sampled to 1080p), running supported games on a Full HD TV has never looked so good. Not only is the picture sharper, but games benefit from improved textures, higher frame rates and faster loading times. It’s a great addition to the PS4 Pro and provides non-4K TV owning gamers a genuine reason to contemplate the PS4 Pro.
PlayStation 4 Pro vs PS4: HDR
Thanks to the latest PS4 software update, every PlayStation is now technically capable of displaying HDR content.
HDR, or high dynamic range, allows for a wider colour palette to be used in games and video content. So if your TV supports it, content will appear richer and more true to life. However, there’s one major problem with HDR content on the PS4: it doesn’t really exist.
Currently, HDR content on apps such as Netflix and YouTube is tied directly to 4K content – something only the PS4 Pro is capable of displaying. Right now, there’s only a slim selection of games on the PS4 that have been patched to support HDR content. If that wasn’t enough, the chances of finding a HDR-capable 1080p TV is pretty low, as many HDR-enabled TVs are also 4K-ready.
PlayStation 4 Pro vs PS4: Price
As with any new console, the the PS4 Slim and PS4 Pro are both more expensive than picking up a launch-model PS4 now. As our PS4 deals page shows, you can pick up an original PS4 with games for less than you can buy a PS4 Slim solus. You can pick up a standard PS4 for roughly £200; a PS4 Slim RRPs at £249; and the PS4 Pro is available at £349 – the same price the original PS4 launched at.
Clearly, the PS4 Slim is the cheaper option but, when you think about it, the PS4 Pro still offers great value due to its vastly improved power yet sensible price point.
PlayStation 4 Pro vs PS4: Verdict
The PS4 and PS4 Pro are clearly incomparable. The Pro is the better option if you’re talking pure power – even if you don’t have a 4K HDR set. However, if you aren’t fussed about 4K gaming and just want to play some great games and maybe dabble in PlayStation VR, a standard PS4 or PS4 Slim is certainly the better option.
Ultimately you’ll have to decide which console is better for yourself. I’d advise buying the PlayStation 4 Pro if you don’t already own a PS4, or if you have access to a 4K TV. If you’re just looking for a device to play some great games on, and you have no worries around 4K, 60fps gameplay and VR, the PS4 Slim is perfect. For those looking to upgrade from the PS4 to the PS4 Pro, I say hold off for now.