Did your friends play Fourteen days together and talk about it all day? Let yourself jump into your bed and fall back on insanity Fail Follow on your smartphone?
Why should you walk the FOMO trail when you can fight zombies with your friends? With futuristic weapons! On a futuristic earth! Get a Sony PlayStation.
But which model should you choose?
Presentation of PS4 Pro against PS4 Slim!
From a diplomatic point of view, both win in the fight between the versions. But there are a few bells and whistles that distinguish them. Read on to find out …
PS4 Pro vs PS4 Slim – overview
Nobody plays on Windows desktops anymore unless they’re a PUBG fanatic. On the other hand, the latest version seems to be the best in terms of PlayStations. Correct?
Since Sony is state of the art in technology and makes the best console in the world (no time for debate, people), they are smart enough to understand how the world works. For this reason, a Pro version of the PS4 was released at the end of 2016 instead of a Super Slim version like PS3. This was only a few weeks after they gave us PS4 Slim, the smarter version of the original PS4.
It is natural that potential players find themselves in a dilemma at times like this. Is PS4 Pro superior to PS4 Slim? If so, do you really need it? What’s the catch?
We’ll find out today.
PlayStation 4 Pro 1 TB console
(4.5 / 5)
PlayStation 4 Slim 1 TB console
(4.7 / 5)
Main differences between Pro and Slim
We believe that the biggest motivation for Sony’s plan to launch a hardware model was to adapt to modern technology. 2016 was a year for many things, and virtual reality (VR) and 4K resolution video were just two of them. But how exactly do these things affect the gaming experience?
|parameter||PlayStation 4 Original||PlayStation 4 Slim||PlayStation 4 Pro|
|hardware||1.6 GHz 8 core AMD Jaguar;
1.84 TFLOP AMD Radeon;
8 GB GDDR5 RAM
|1.6 GHz 8 core AMD Jaguar;
1.84 TFLOP AMD Radeon;
8 GB GDDR5 RAM
|2.1 GHz 8-core AMD Jaguar;
4.2 TFLOP AMD Radeon;
8 GB GDDR5 + 1 GB RAM
|USP||heritage||40% smaller than the original (size)||Almost 4K support, improved VR|
|camp||500 GB||1 TB
(500 GB model discontinued)
|USB||2x USB 3.0||2x USB 3.1||3x USB 3.1|
|Optical audio output||gift||Absent||gift|
|Wi-Fi & Bluetooth||802.11 b / g / n wireless
|802.11 a / b / g / n / ac
|802.11 a / b / g / n / ac
Superior processing units
The idea behind releasing newer models of a product is to provide users with a better experience. In this way, the PS4 slim model, which is a few pounds lighter, should consume little power (165 W compared to Pro’s 310 W), but still offer high-quality performance. However, players are not concerned with power consumption while playing, as this rarely affects gameplay.
What interests them is the processor’s ability to render graphics at acceptable frame rates. Nobody likes low FPS or sustained frame drops, and PS4 Pro is really trying to hit gold on this front. With 4.2 Teraflop’s processor power (GPU), it can stream 4K videos and supports checkerboard patterns. In layman’s terms, the latter is what gives you the ultimate pleasure of playing games like Blood borne or case at a resolution of almost 1080p with almost 60 FPS.
But does the Pro model really support 4k video and a frame rate of 60 FPS without drops? More on that later.
PS4 Pro has a higher CPU clock, which corresponds to the GPU performance, which makes sense. However, do not expect a significant upswing during the game. Since it’s up to the game developers (do you call them “Dev Overlords”?) How they use this extra power to render games, Sony can’t promise you anything. The last of us remastered is an example where developers have really improved gameplay using Pro’s increased hardware specifications.
But what can you use so much mojo for? You already know the answer.
It seems Sony took the name of the gaming engine that we all worship so much so seriously that it literally took it over. Although PS4 Pro can stream 4K video, games cannot run in UHD or native 4K. It’s more like “unreal” 4K, where the console upscales the image to a resolution of almost 4K.
There is also no UHD Blu-ray drive, which means that all content on your optical disc (your (g) old collection) is limited to 1080p.
Sure, the difference isn’t too big, but if you’re a 4K fan, this “come and eat everything you can but there is limited food” sit
uation will be disappointing. Run a game in native 4K and With 60 FPS, this is no child’s play, since a hybrid setup consisting of a more powerful graphics card and CPU is required. In this sense, Sony is doing us a favor. But is that it? Because Microsoft seems to be beating them in their own game by throwing UHD support into their Xbox One S. Ouch. (Halo 6, someone?)
Aesthetically speaking, the graphic differences are minimal when running a game at 1080p with a PS4 Slim and at 4K with a PS4 Pro. And we’re talking about textures and special effects. We can confirm that reaching 60 FPS is not possible with the latter, but it is not a deal breaker.
One little thing that we love in the Pro model is the additional 1 GB of RAM. This means that the most important 8 GB of RAM are only reserved for games.
If you own a 4K TV or monitor, or even want to invest in one, buying the Pro model is a breeze. With a slightly larger investment, you can enjoy your games in almost 4K resolution. And the luxury of enjoying something like this at such a price is good business.
But what if you’re not interested in 4K?
The alliance of PS4, 1080p and 60 FPS
As mentioned above, it is up to individual game developers and rendering engines to decide how effectively they want to use the updated PS4 Pro processors. Therefore, the answer to the question “Can PS4 Pro process 1080p at 60 FPS?” Never be easy.
Sony has raised these doubts numerous times and they always give developers the impetus. While developing a game, developers were able to use the extra power of the PS4 Pro to do many things. Such as maintaining 4K resolution, minimizing image dropouts, maintaining frame rate, supporting HDR (High Dynamic Range) images, or simply improving colors and textures.
The only catch is that they cannot use everything. One and with a little stretch two – that’s the best thing you can do. Because of this, some games can process 1080p at 60 FPS on PS4 Pro, others cannot. For example, we can confirm that PS4 Pro can handle it Battlefield 1 smoothly as Valve handles release date requests for Half-life 3. Come on, we have to create at least one Windows game reference!
If you are a Type I user (see below), it makes more sense to purchase a PS4 Pro. You will play some games in the best possible way, but you will have to get along with others at 1080p and low FPS.
VR is your friend
All PS4 models support Sony’s native PlayStation VR (PSVR). We should thank Sony again for making it available to us (not in addition) at a competitive price as Bigwigs like Facebook’s Oculus and HTC. But what exactly is the difference between the Pro and the Slim?
Negligible, to be honest. Even if you set up two systems and start one with Pro and the other with the Slim model, you won’t notice a big difference in the virtual reality experience. The Pro gives you slightly better graphics, and it’s like choosing Mario instead of Luigi Super Mario Kart.
The Pro model supports HDMI 2.0 and has an additional USB 3.1 connection, so that a total of three are available. While the 2.0 version helps you connect to a 4K computer, the additional connector for VR connectivity and charging is very convenient. The missing audio output in Slim has been brought back to Pro for obvious reasons. Is it really that important? We say yes.
Professional players can take this very seriously as it is always better to play The legend of Zelda in surround sound with nobody in the house. We will surely give the Pro additional points when it comes to various things.
The Pro model is the largest in terms of design and width. This gives him enough windows for that additional port that we mentioned above. However, all models support Blu-ray and DVD. Both have Bluetooth v4.0 and 1 TB storage space.
Learn more about how all of this affects the price in the next section.
The price difference is $ 100 (give or take). While this may feel modest to some, what you get for that amount matters.
With PS4 Pro, you want to achieve smoother video streaming and graphic rendering. And that’s the only professional (pun unintentionally) with this model. But you should also look at other investments such as a 4K TV / monitor and a VR headset to achieve an impressive gaming experience. That definitely shoots the bill.
An average 4K television costs more than the PS4 Pro and the PlayStation VR costs around $ 200, which is an additional expense for each player. Compared to a Windows gaming PC, we naturally speak of apples and oranges. If you are a new buyer, these investments should be considered.
If you ask if the difference in Pro is worth it, we would say yes considering all aspects. But as a player it’s up to you to decide.
But don’t go to playstation.com yet. Let’s answer a few questions first so you can make a better decision.
How do I choose between PS4 Pro and PS4 Slim?
Your own answers to these questions will help you make a smarter purchase.
What kind of player are you?
- Type I – I buy and try all the games as soon as they appear in the stands. I am a player who is always aware of what is happening in the gaming world and I spend more time playing than sleeping
- Type II – I have a number of legendary favorites that I play repeatedly. I have completed Eidos Interactive Hitman Ten times now and now Agent 47 looks like Agent 74 in age.
- Type III – Gaming pedant that perceives frame drops and lags as highly distracting. I prefer technical knowledge over everything
- Type IV – An occasional player with all dibs and setups; just like to have fun. I can’t go through the subtleties and frankly I don’t want to. I am a busy person who only plays part of my life
Types I, III and IV should be compatible with PS4 Pro, while Type II can be satisfied with a slim. For obvious reasons.
If you are a cross between these types, consider the remaining questions.
What’s your budget
If it’s tight, the answer is simple: get a PS4 Slim and be happy. If money is not an issue and someone else is funding your gaming needs, should we show you the way to additional PS4 accessories?
When we talk about the $ 100 difference, we think it’s reasonable enough for any improvements PS4 Pro offers. However, don’t forget the additional expenses for 4K TV and VR.
If you are on a tight budget, a used original PS4 is also a good option. Since it is no longer manufactured and can play almost all current games, albeit with restrictions, it is a good option. The only request we have is that we don’t just depend on online sites. Maybe your neighbor Markus wants to sell his old PlayStation …
Are you a thought leader
We don’t yet know when PS5 will be released, but PS4 Pro is as good as Sony and gaming technology. And if you’re the type who jumps the car when it does is finally released, then you already know what you want.
Owning a PS4 Pro is like the top of a console gaming user pyramid. None of your friends can speak to you, but it also depends on how well you can survive Fourteen days.
To build consensus, the PS4 Pro model is arguably the first choice for hardcore gamers, and rightly so.
So what will it be?
While we’re all waiting for Sony to announce PS5, we can all team up with our PS4 and keep fighting the zombies. Which model you should get depends entirely on where your dispositions are.
If you want to try new things, have an Ultra 4K TV and are already in
to a VR frenzy, then PS4 Pro is your machine. Otherwise, Slim looks like a better and easier offer for the casual gamer (again, pun not intended). You can save the cost difference for The last of us 2…