When it comes to the current generation of Play Station consoles you have two choices. The first one the old but reliant PS4, or the more powerful, but more expensive, PS4 Pro. The Play Station 4 Pro may be a more powerful PS4. It plays every standard PS4 game there’s but has added horsepower to enable high-resolution 4K HDR output for high-end TVs.
Well, Play Station 4 and Play Station 4 Pro are great options that tick all the boxes. So, if you are looking to get yourself a PlayStation this year rather than next, the only question now is which one?
So, now we’re going to deeply into the price, design, specs, graphics, VR performance and other aspects of both consoles to help you make your choice to what is the difference between Play Station 4 and Play Station 4 pro.
The PS4 VS PS4 Pro Price Difference Comparison
When choosing between the consoles price could well be your most important driving factor. A standard PS4 retails 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 Play Station 4 Pro is more expensive, naturally, with a retail price of around $370 (Amazon US).
- PS4 – $300 – 500GB HDD (user upgradeable)
- PS4 Pro – $400 – 1TB HDD (user upgradeable)
Knowing the difference between the Play Station 4 and Play Station 4 Pro models can make all the difference during sales, as you’ll be able to find it much more easily.
- PS4 Pro has an extra USB port.
- PS4 Pro also has an optical fiber audio port.
- Original PS4 uses HDMI 1.4, and Pro uses HDMI 2.0a.
While both the Play Station 4 Pro and standard Play Station 4 share a similar design aesthetic, the former is definitely chunkier. The PS4 measures 265 x 39 x 288mm and weighs 2.1kg. It is neater when tucked away in an AV cabinet and has a smaller footprint when stood on one end, using an optional vertical stand.
The Play Station 4 Pro may be a beast as compared, because of an additional wedge within the sandwich design style. It measures 295 x 55 x 327mm, which is even bigger than the original model and weighs a whopping 3.3kg.
4K Gaming Performance
While it is clear that the Play Station 4 Pro is better than the vanilla Play Station 4 when it comes to graphical power, it is also enhanced in terms of overall oomph.
The Play Station 4 has an AMD processor with eight Jaguar cores that are clocked at 1.6GHz. It also has 8GB of GDDR5 RAM running at 176GB/s.
The PS4 Pro features a similar processor but it runs faster, at 2.1GHz. It also has faster RAM – still 8GB of GDDR5, but capable of up to 218GB/s.
This all means that its processing abilities run at around 1.3 times the speed of its stablemate, while the RAM has 24 percent more bandwidth. When combined with the 4.20 teraflops of graphical power, developers have much more to play with.
In terms of standard games, the extra power is often used to improve graphical performance and effects. PSVR developers also regularly add benefits 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 have the ability to be better looking and/or smoother on PS4 Pro.
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4K TV Performance
This is the big one – the main reason it’s worth making the jump from the original hardware to the PS4 Pro. The PS4 Pro supports 4K output, as against the quality PS4’s Full HD 1080p resolution.
When it comes to streaming services such as Netflix this means that the console is able to play movies and TV shows in their maximum resolution – but unfortunately, the lack of an Ultra HD Blu-ray drive means the console won’t be ready to play physical 4K media.
The Play Station 4 Pro supports a 4K output, as against the quality PS4’s Full HD 1080p resolution.
Games are slightly more complicated because it’s up to developers to decide how they want to use the PS4 Pro’s extra muscle. We’re seeing it bear more fruit now the jacked-up console has been on the market for a while.
- PS4 Pro supports 4K/HDR.
- Original PS4 just supports HDR.
- Developers decide how to use the extra power.
PlayStation VR Difference
Although prior to the PlayStation VR’s release there were rumors circulating that the headset’s performance on launch consoles was going to be ‘terrible’, now that the hardware is out the distinction appears to be much more subtle.
In fact, a recent analysis by Digital Foundry suggests that in some games the difference between PS4 and PS4 Pro can be a struggle to find. Having the cheaper console doesn’t mean you’re locked out of virtual reality.
Other games appear sharper on the Pro because of how the developers have enabled super-sampling techniques, effectively rendering games at a higher resolution in order to enhance detail levels.
The differences between the two consoles are too slight to conclusively recommend the Pro on the basis of VR performance alone
In Robinson: The Journey, for example, details are much crisper, and textures benefit from a higher level of texture filtering.
The bottom line with the PlayStation VR is that the differences between the two consoles are too slight to conclusively recommend the Pro on the basis of VR performance alone.
If this changes in the future as developers get better acquainted with the PS4 Pro then this may change, and we’ll update our thoughts accordingly.
- PS4 Pro offers an improved PSVR experience
- But it’s not a major difference
The PS4 Pro is undoubtedly considerably intensified from the Play Station 4, but ‘true’ 4K gaming is difficult for it to realize without compromise. The price will definitely determine which PlayStation 4 you opt for, but there are other factors that could sway your decision.
One of the most important will be the TV you own or plan to purchase. If it isn’t 4K and/or HDR you’ll 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.
So do you have to make the upgrade from your existing PS4? The answer largely depends on if you’ve got a 4K TV or plan on upgrading to at least one. If you aren’t, well, there’s likely isn’t anything on the PS4 Pro that will be worth the extra money, at least not yet.