It is usually confusing when you are purchasing the PlayStation as you come across a couple of options to pick from. They do not look different, even their performance range apparently appears to be same, as both can run the same games. But why would Sony add Pro to a top-rated model of the gaming consoles?
The similarity between the standard PlayStation 4 and the PlayStation 4 Pro is unquestionable. But unless you have tried gaming on both consoles, you cannot really feel the difference. The PS4 Pro is a new addition to the Sony PlayStation family. They have refined the hardware to render the graphics better than the previous console and made it capable to run at 4K and HDR. Though some guys would prefer calling the PS4 Pro as the PS5, it is not that.
When PS4 came out, it was one hell of a thing you would have picked for the gaming. It was impressively different than the previous version, PS3, and offered compatibility for a wide range of games. Certainly, Sony had that as an answer to Microsoft’s Xbox. Nevertheless, it is a phenomenal pick for home gaming and even the TV.
In this review, we are going to mention all the differences between the PS4 and the PS4 Pro. They are based on their pricing, graphic performance, additional features, and some other things.
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The biggest difference
Among all the differences, the graphics resolution is the biggest one. The PS4 is designed to operate at 1080p or more common HD graphics. On the other hand, the PS4 Pro is mastered to operate at 2160p which is referred to as 4K. Soon after the 4K technology hit the market, game developers shifted their designs to the newer technology. Certainly, this cuts out the performance of the PS4 making it a bigger brick placed at home. In the coming future, all you could play on PS4 are the older games that have not been updated to the newer resolution.
But most of the games are still not designed with the 4K resolution. It means they still have the 1080p graphics. The clarity results would not be different either if played on PS4 or the PS4 Pro. In order to get the clarity, the Pro-Mode or the Pro-Patch would be required. The patch adds the required enhancement detail to the game making it look different than when is played on PS4. But it is not sure every developer would launch the game with a Pro-Patch.
Making the games perform at 4K would not only need the PS4 Pro. Instead, they also require a 4K display. A 4K TV would be required to complete the game display enhancement potion. So, running the Pro on the standard TV with 1080p resolution would be pointless.
There is plenty of performance enhancement made in PS4 Pro that makes it more advanced than PS4. First, it comes with the GPU which has been doubled in performance. The clock speed has jumped from 1.6 to 2.1 GHz with the powering jumping from 800 to 911 MHz. Although the processor is the same the improvement has been made to support the 4K. Additionally, the Wi-Fi has been updated from 802.11b/g/n to 802.11ac. Similarly, Bluetooth has jumped from 2.1 to 4.0. In the end, PS4 Pro features 1 GB of additional RAM that will support the system with the boot and non-gaming features.
Connections and Drive
Another handy improvement in PS4 Pro is the addition of a USB Port. The PS4 counts 2 USB 3.0 ports, while the PS4 Pro gets 3 ports. The additional USB port would also come useful with the VR as it requires a USB connection to run the headset. The remaining two ports already serve as the charging port for the controllers. Ahead of that, the HDMI has been updated from 1.4 to 2.0a. This change is made for the 4K output. Plenty of users having the HDMI cable for the standard PS4 would question themselves if they will need to get a new cable for the PS4 Pro having HDMI 2.0a. As per Sony, that is not required as the same HDMI cable would work properly and bring the required result. Further, an optical audio port is added to the PS4 Pro. It was planned for the original PS4 but was not included.
The Blu-ray drives are the same in both the consoles. It is the standard Blu-ray with HD graphic resolution support instead of 4K. This would certainly appear like a catch in PS4 Pro which is deemed to be a 4K system but its drive is not characterized for such performance. Certainly, this gives an advantage to the Microsoft Xbox series that offers the 4K Blu-ray disc drive.
It is not obvious that improved hardware would require more space. But the PS4 Pro has received a slight increase in size and weight. The standard PS4 gets the space for the disc drive and other ports between the two layers of its structure. But the Pro gets an additional third layer, increasing nearly 0.79-inches in depth and width. Ahead of that, the weight has topped to 1lbs as well. If you’re already set the special place for the PS4 and are going to purchase the PS4 Pro, you would need to make a little more space to get it fit easily.
On a regular chart, the PS4 would cost you somewhere around $260 while for the improved version you must have 90-100 dollars more. The pricing is not too much different but if you have a modern smart TV with the 4K display at home, then why not go with the PS4 Pro? It would indeed be a special treat to have one when you have the requisite power. If 4k is not so important to you, then surely PS4 is the best deal.