Wants to know the difference between PS4 and PS4 Pro? The Sony PlayStation is one of the best-selling gaming consoles of all experience. The PlayStation 2 alone outsold all other home video game console with a total of 153.68 million machines sold. A very high standard has been set for any new members of the PlayStation family.
Sony had since rolled out the PlayStation 3 & 4. Ending its strong run with a total of 50 million consoles sold, Sony has released a hardware step-up model of the PS4, called the PlayStation 4 Pro, which boasts of a faster, more powerful, 4K gaming experience.
Difference between PS4 and PS4 Pro: Comparison
4K HDR video
A similar story plays out when it comes to 4K video output through the PS4 Pro – it is able of Ultra HD video while the PlayStation 4 is locked to a maximum of 1080p.
As for HDR video, few sources utilize it, to be honest. Netflix does, but Amazon Prime Video doesn’t, for instance. Also, for some reason (that hasn’t been fixed in a couple of years), Netflix looks to force an HDR output when connected to a supported TV, no matter whether the content is in the format or not.
Another new anomaly is that, although it is technically possible for the PS4 Pro’s HDMI output to operate with 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Sony has not put a compatible drive in the machine, so it is not a UHD player in that regard. The Xbox One S is currently the only console available with that ability.
Performance in Games
While it is obvious that the PS4 Pro is better than the vanilla PS4 when it gets to graphical power, it is also enhanced in overall oomph. The PS$ has an AMD processor with eight Jaguar cores that are measured at 1.6GHz. It also has 8GB of GDDR5 RAM running at 176GB/s.
The PS4 Pro has a related processor, but it runs faster, at 2.1GHz. It also has more active RAM – still 8GB of GDDR5, but capable of up to 218GB/s. This all indicates that its processing abilities run at around 1.3 times the speed of its stablemate, while the RAM has 24% more bandwidth. When coupled with the 4.20 teraflops of graphical power, developers have much more to play with.
In terms of classic games, the extra power is often used to improve graphical performance and effects. PSVR developers also regularly add advantages afforded by the higher-spec, including further draw distances and more detail to their virtual reality titles. All PS4 games run on both consoles, but they can be better looking and smoother on PS4 Pro.
Even though PS4 Pro games more often require more significant space on your hard drive, Sony decided on a standard 1TB HDD to put inside it. We would have liked there to be 2TB, considering.
However, as with the standard PS4, you can always increase the capacity by either swapping the included drive for another internal alternative or plugging an external USB 3.0 drive into one of the ports.
The standard PS4 can be purchased in 500GB and 1TB variants. Both make use of Sony’s cloud storage, too, with save games and other files able to be stored when you have a PlayStation Plus subscription.
While both the PS4 Pro and standard PS4 share a related design aesthetic, the former is chunkier. The PS4 contains 265 x 39 x 288mm and weighs 2.1kg. It is neater when tucked off in an AV cabinet and has a smaller footprint when stood on one end, using an optional vertical stand.
The PS4 Pro is a beast compared to an extra wedge in the sandwich design style. It contains 295 x 55 x 327mm, which is even more significant than the real model and weighs a whopping 3.3kg.
When choosing between the consoles, the price could well be your most important driving factor. A standard PS4 sells at around £250 for the 500GB model, but you do invariably get it with a decent games bundle for that price these days.
The 1TB edition will set you back around £280. The PS4 Pro is rarer, naturally, with a retail price of around £340 (Amazon UK)/$370 (Amazon US).
The price will determine which PlayStation 4 you opt for, but other factors could sway your decision. One of the most significant will be the TV you own or plan to purchase.
If it’s not 4K and HDR, you will get few benefits from owning a PS4 Pro. There are some, including better PSVR performance, but the main selling point will be moot to you.