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Sony Playstation 4 Pro Review
Released almost 7 years after the original PlayStation3, PlayStation 4 was hugely popular and it has spawned three models since then. The original PS4, PS4 Slim, and the latest PS4 Pro. The PlayStation 4 Pro brings support for 4K gaming and Sony has taken a step in the right direction. People who already have a PlayStation 4 on a full HD display, will see some improvements in terms of the visual quality and frame rates using a PS4 Pro. Those looking to buy a new console should definitely check this one out, even if they don’t own a 4K display as it can be purchased later on.
The titles that work on the PS4 will work without any issues on the PS4 Pro and vice versa. The new console, however, gives gamers the option to increase or decrease the graphics settings to their requirements. They can choose between better frame rates or a more enriching visual experience. So is the PS4 Pro a worthy upgrade or should you stay away from it?
Box contents and Design
The PS4 Pro uses a triple layer stacked design that looks pretty neat. If you own a PS4 Slim, the size difference would be obvious straight away. There is no arguing with the fact that the Pro is a much bigger device. It is not marketed as a compact and slim console and it comes with better horsepower to support 4K gaming.
The console uses a triple layer stacked design and is quite beefy
The contents of the box are listed on the side of the box itself, but for your convenience, we’ll go through the contents here. There’s nothing out of the ordinary and you get a quick start guide, a microUSB cable, a mono headset, a power cable, an HDMI cable, the PS4 controller and the PS4 Pro itself. The PS4 controller is slightly redesigned in terms of the placement of certain elements like the LED, but it is the same as that of the PS4 otherwise.
The box contents haven’t changed a bit and you get pretty much the same stuff as before
At the front of the console, there are 2 USB 3.0 ports and the Blu-Ray drive. The Blu-Ray drive only supports HD Blu-Ray but not UHD Blu-Ray. This is a disappointment considering the fact that the Xbox One S has a UHD Blu-Ray drive. Please do note that all this requires a 4K/60Hz display for the best performance. If you don’t own a 4K display now, you can still immerse yourself in the enhanced visuals and better frame rates until you get one.
There is an additional USB 3.0 port on the PS4 Pro along with all the other ports
At the back of the Sony PS4 Pro, we have a collection of ports. There is the power cable port, an HDMI port, a PlayStation camera port, and optical audio port, an Ethernet jack and a USB 3.0 port. The PS4 Pro comes with three USB 3.0 ports unlike the PS4 Slim and the original PS4.
Hardware and Performance
Up until now, you might not have noticed any reasons to consider the PS4 Pro over the PS4 Slim or the original PS4. But there are some significant changes in the hardware department that will change your decision. The PS4 Pro uses the same AMD Jaguar x86-x64 based octa-core CPU and the same 8 gigs of GDDR5 graphics memory. But there is a huge difference in terms of the graphics department that makes the console capable of playing 4K titles with ease.
Since they all use an APU, that is an Accelerated Processing Unit from AMD, the CPU, and the GPU is on the same chip. Sony has boosted the APU on the PS4 Pro and the GPU is now capable of handling up to 4.20 TFLOPs. In comparison, the GPU on the PS4 Slim and PS4 could handle only 1.84 TFLOPs. This means that the new console will be able to provide exemplary performance in current-gen titles as well as 4K-ready titles. If you use a 4K display and play a non-4K game, the PS4 Pro will upscale it to 4K. It can also stream 4K content from Netflix and YouTube.
Screenshot of the game Days Gone on the PS4 Pro in its full glory
The PS4 Pro is rated to draw 310W from the wall according to specifications but that is not the case at all. The console only draws around 150-160W of the wall and this is pretty decent comparing the boost in the GPU performance. The power consumption is nearly the same as that of the original PS4 that was launched in 2013. The noise produced is a bit of a concern. It is definitely much louder than the PS4 Slim and comparable to the original PS4. But, the pattern of the noise generated can be a bit frustrating and it can hit up to 55dB.
In terms of performance, there are only a handful of titles that are 4K enabled. But those titles do shine on the Pro. The improved graphics is evident immediately and the increase in the number of pixels is definitely soothing on the eyes. The added HDR support for games is also a valuable addition.
The PS4 Pro tends to over expose the darker regions a bit due to the increased lighting intensity, but the visuals are stunning
The Sony PS4 Pro is not for everyone. If you have a 4K/HDR display and do not own a PlayStation yet, the Pro is the only choice for you. If you have a full HD display and you do not own a PlayStation, then also you can get the Sony PS4 Pro for its improved frame rates and enhanced visuals. You can always swap out the display with a 4K display when you have enough savings. If you already own a PS4 and you’re on a full HD display, then the PS4 Pro might not seem like a worthy upgrade. The improvements are simply in terms of the graphics quality only and shelling out a lot of money for a 4K display and the Sony PS4 Pro is not logical. But Sony has made a move in the right direction and there are over 60 titles that are enhanced for the PS4 Pro. These games will have an ‘Enhanced for PS4’ tag on them, so don’t forget to check them out.
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