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The PS4 Pro console is worth looking at, even in the face of the PS5. It can be difficult to find a PS5 in stock while the PS4 Pro is easier to find.

The Pro models are able to deliver 4K gaming, which is a significant improvement on the standard PS4. The PS4 Pro also boasts an impressive library of exclusive games, including the Last of Us, God of War, and many more.

Keep that in mind, and you’ll see why the PS4 Pro continues to be a compelling console.

Prices and availability for the PlayStation 4 Pro

PS4 Pro specs

Size 295x55x327mm

Weight 3.3 Kg

CPU: x86-64 AMD “Jaguar”, 8 cores

GPU: 4.20 TFLOPS, AMD Radeon(tm), based graphics engine

RAM: 8GB

Max. resolution: 4K

Storage: 1TB

The PS4 Pro was launched in November 2016 at a $399 price, $100 more than the PS4 Slim. This console had effectively replaced the standard PS4.

However, it has been discontinued and replaced by the PS5. To get a PS4 Pro, you will need to take the used route. Prices seem to be quite high if you do a quick Google Shopping or Amazon search.

As PS4 Pro may be more affordable at a local second-hand electronics shop, we recommend you do so. At this point, it’s probably better to search for a PS5 Restock.

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Pro 4 Design

Credit: Jeremy Lips / Tom’s guide (Image credit to: Jeremy Lips / Tom’s guide)

Sony has increased the stacking design of its original PS4 Slim model with the PS4 Pro. It looks almost like someone has cut a PS4 Slim in half, and then placed one of them on top of another PS4 – like a double-stuffed Oreo cookie. The PS4 Pro weighs 7 pounds and measures 15.6×11.6×2.6 inches. This is a lot more than the original PS4 which weighed 6.1 pounds and was 10.8x12x2.1 inches.

The PS4 Pro weighs in at just 11.8 x 9.4 x 2.4 inch and 8 pounds. It is lighter than the Xbox One X but slightly larger overall. Although neither console is strikingly beautiful, the triple stack on the PS4 Pro is a little more intriguing than the Xbox’s rectangles.

Credit: Jeremy Lips / Tom’s guide (Image credit to: Jeremy Lips / Tom’s guide)

There are two USB 3.0 ports on the PS4 Pro: one at the front and one at the back. On the back of the console, you will find an HDMI-out, optical out, a Ethernet, an Auxiliary, and a power socket. The Pro’s Wi-Fi has been upgraded from 802.11n to 802.11ac. This is a significant upgrade over the PS4’s 802.11n. It will allow for faster digital downloads.

 

The textured matte black finish on the plastic is my favorite feature of the design. This design is a lot more sophisticated that the mix of matte and glossy materials used in the original system. The Pro is similar to its predecessor and can be placed horizontally or vertically to save space in the entertainment center.

This console looks better in your living space than drawing attention to it. This is what the apps and games are for.

Controller for Microsoft Office 365

Credit: Jeremy Lips / Tom’s guide (Image credit to: Jeremy Lips / Tom’s guide)

The PS4 Pro comes with the DualShock 4 controller. There aren’t many differences between the PS4 Pro and the Slim PS4. The shiny area around the D-Pad buttons and face buttons has been eliminated by the new controller. Also, the D-Pad buttons now have a matte gray rather than a shiny black. For extra long gaming sessions, the device still has the raised texture on the sides and back.

Pro: Specifications

Sony did not invent the wheel to enable 4K and high dynamic range, but they tweaked it slightly. The Pro uses the same AMD processor that the original PS4. The only difference is that the PS4 Pro’s CPU was overclocked to 2.0 GHz, while the Slim’s CPU was 1.6 GHz.

For more efficient performance, the Pro features a higher memory bandwidth. The GPU still has eight cores but includes many features from AMD’s new Polaris architecture. This raises the TFLOPs from 1.84 – 4.2 which nearly doubles the Pro’s power compared to the Slim or the PS4.

However, all that effort is not enough to defeat Xbox One X. Although they have almost identical components, the Xbox’s CPU of 2.3GHz and 6 TFLOP GPU are more powerful than the PS4 Pro. The Xbox can play UHD Bluray discs, so power can be better used.

PS4 Pro: 4K & HDR

High dynamic range (HDR) televisions are highly recommended. HDR increases the brightness and provides more contrast between light and dark. This is combined with the 4K resolution on the 65-inch Samsung KS9000 SUHD TV I tested, it made it difficult to look away from the console whether I was watching Netflix or gaming.

This was when Cottonmouth hurled a rocket into Genghis Connie’s restaurant during “Luke Cage”, the resulting red-orange, yellow, and white plume dripped in the night sky like it was reveling in its own destruction. The mother-of pearl on the gun of the gangster gleamed with smugness, and I could clearly see every nick and scratch on the worn piece. The “Moving Art”, documentaries were a treasure trove of vivid pinks, golds and oranges that I was able to see the flowers blooming.

What’s it like to play in 4K HDR? It’s mixed right now. Rise of the Tomb Raider was great. Lara’s brunette hair flows like silk as she runs and guns her path to victory. The textures in-game were realistic and sharp, especially the waterfalls which created fine mists that created subtle rainbows within the lush green hidden valley.

Watch Dogs 2 and older titles like it could do with a little more love. The textures are stunning, standing still. Even the areas where someone made a slapdash fix were impressive. Even the smallest details of my hipster-ish fox sweater were visible to me. As the system made the ground below me, I noticed an outline around my legs when I ran. Also, during driving missions I noticed drops in frame rates.

These problems will likely be solved when games that support native 4K/HDR and HDR will come on the market. It’s worth keeping in mind for the moment.

Although it’s cool that the Pro can stream Netflix and Hulu 4K, I still don’t understand why Sony didn’t support UHD Bluray — a feature the Xbox One X does. The ability to play Bluray discs on the PS3 was an important feature when it launched in 2006. Perhaps Sony is looking to streaming media as the future or trying to reduce consumer costs. It’s noticeable, in any case.

Multiplayer and online for the PlayStation 4 Pro

You can unlock the full potential of your PS4 Pro by connecting it to the internet. Play more digital games through the PlayStation Store. You can save them to your 1TB hard drive. Or, if you subscribe to PS Plus, you get online multiplayer, two games per month, cloud storage, and other benefits.

PS Now is a streaming service that allows you to play many games from the PS2, PS3 or PS4 libraries. A $10 monthly subscription will get you a PS Now subscription. You can play these games on your computer too as it is a streaming service. Additionally, you can save your games online to allow you to swap between devices.

Subscriptions can be expensive. 12 months for either one will cost $60. However, it is the average rate for these services. Xbox offers more, but at twice the price per month. Nintendo Switch Online, on the other hand, is much cheaper, but offers far fewer goodies.

Pro 4 VR

Although the PS4 Pro can be used with PlayStation VR, there aren’t many advantages to using it with the Slim or standard versions. While the graphics and text were sharper when I was battling through enemy drones in Battle Zone it was still a small improvement over using PSVR on a regular PS4. PlayStation VR Worlds was the same, but it didn’t make a significant difference. Both titles had smoother frame rates, but I wouldn’t recommend the PS4 for VR gaming at its best.

The Game Library for PlayStation 4 Pro

Every PlayStation 4 game is now Pro-enabled as of 2017. These titles are identified by a “PS4 Pro Enhanced” badge on the box. They will play in 3840 x 2260 and HDR on 4K TVs. 1080p could have smoother frame rates. Sony has also patched some older fan favorites like The Last of Us and Uncharted 4. Shadow of Mordor and Rise of the Tomb Raider are now available in 4K.

Although PS5 titles won’t look as good on older consoles, many will still be accessible on the PS4 Pro. Some will also offer transferable save games if you upgrade. In case you are able to afford a new release on an older console, it is worth looking at which games they are.

In terms of titles, however, the PS4 Pro offers the same mix of exclusive and multi-platform games as the PS4. The PS4 Pro is a more expensive option if you want to access the PlayStation library of games.

 

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