The PS4 Pro is looking to be a beast of a machine. Its greatest selling point and the one emphasised most by Sony, is its 4K HDR output. It is equipped with a staggering Terabyte hard drive and appears to be the big brother of the PS4 that we’ve come to know and love. Other useful features for this slightly larger console include an extra USB port, higher GPU, and a CPU that overclocks at 2.1 GHz, in comparison to the 1.6 GHz limitation of the PS4 and PS4 Slim. The dimensions have also changed. The original PS4 measured at 275.1 x 305.1 x 53.1mm, while the Pro measures at 295 x 327 x 55mm, meaning it’s slightly bigger and also weighs half a kilogramme more, or just over a pound.
In order to get your hands on all these wonderful goodies, you’re going to have to fork out $399US/£349/$560 AUD, which isn’t that much of a jump if you’re looking at what you get.
Or is it?
While all these features are welcome, especially in the gaming community, 4K HDR output does require a screen good enough to actually display such amazing graphics. This also opens up one of the biggest complaints attributed to the Pro, its inability to play 4K Blu-Ray disks. This has already caused the biggest groan throughout internet forums, feeling like a cop out for Sony to have put so much into the Pro, without following through on the Blu-Ray front. Furthermore, if you already have a PS4, to get in on the new action you will have to more than double your investment. As seen in a trend with the Wii U, revamping a product is not necessarily the way to go in order to boost sales. The PS4 Pro does have a lot of significant things going for it, but it essentially comes down to whether you really want to play in beautiful 4K definition or not, and if you crave that extra little oomph of power to satisfy your gaming experience.
The Slim, on the other hand, seems to be targeting those on the fence about buying a new console. For the people who missed out on taking a PS4 home when it first hit the shelves, the PS4 Slim is the cheaper, smaller, lighter model that has come to seduce new consumers. While the Slim does not match the heavy hitting specs of the Pro, it does allow the play Station brand to remain more accessible; a cheaper price tag significantly leads to more money conscious individuals considering the console worth their time. In having the same specs as the standard PS4 (aside from being lighter and thinner), it is likely that the Slim will replace its forebears on the shelves of every EB, JB and gaming collective throughout the world.
Both these consoles are new and improved, and only time will tell if Sony is able to escape the dreaded example set by the Wii U, while its original has already spent so much time carving its place in our lounge rooms, Wi-Fi usage and power bills. Sony also revamped its DualShock 4 making the touchpad slightly see through allowing the line on top to display the colour of the light bar. Additionally, it can send data to the PS4 via USB as well as Bluetooth. Sony also released its new Platinum Wireless headset coming in at $159 USD. Finally, there is a new PlayStation Camera that has the same design but will be easier to adjust, not to mention will have a new vertical stand for the PS4 Pro and PS4 Slim.
Comparative stats are provided below:
|Product name||PlayStation®4||PlayStation®4 “Slim”||PlayStation®4 Pro|
|AV output||HDMI out port DIGITAL OUT (OPTICAL) port||HDMI™ out port (HDR output supported)||HDMI™ out port (supports 4K/HDR) DIGITAL OUT (OPTICAL) port|
|BD/ DVD drive (read only)||BD × 6 CAV DVD × 8 CAV||BD × 6 CAV DVD × 8 CAV||BD × 6 CAV DVD × 8 CAV|
|Colour||Jet Black||Jet Black||Jet Black|
|External dimensions||Approx. 275×53×305 mm (width × height × length) (excludes largest projection)||Approx. 265×39×288 mm (width × height × length) (excludes largest projection)||Approx. 295×55×327 mm (width × height × length) (excludes largest projection)|
|Input/ Output||Super-Speed USB (USB 3.0) port × 2 AUX port × 1||Super-Speed USB (USB 3.1 Gen1) port × 2 AUX port × 1||Super-Speed USB (USB 3.1 Gen.1) port × 3 AUX port × 1|
|Main Processor||Single-chip custom processor CPU : x86-64 AMD “Jaguar”, 8 cores GPU : 1.84 TFLOPS, AMD Radeon™ based graphics engine||Single-chip custom processor CPU : x86-64 AMD “Jaguar”, 8 cores GPU : 1.84 TFLOPS, AMD Radeon™ based graphics engine||Single-chip custom processor CPU: x86-64 AMD “Jaguar”, 8 cores GPU: 4.20 TFLOPS, AMD Radeon™ based graphics engine|
|Mass||Approx. 2.8 kg||Approx. 2.1 kg||Approx. 3.3 kg|
|Memory||GDDR5 8GB||GDDR5 8GB||GDDR5 8GB|
|MSRP||US $399, Canada $399, €399, £399||500GB HDD: 29,980¥, US$299, EU€299, £259, $480 AUD|
1TB HDD: 34,980¥, $470 AUD
|44,980¥, US$399, EU€399, £349, $560 AUD|
|Networking||Ethernet（10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T）×1 IEEE 802.11 b/g/n Bluetooth® 2.1 (EDR)||Ethernet（10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T）×1 IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Bluetooth®v4.0||Ethernet (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T)×1 IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Bluetooth® 4.0 (LE)|
|Operating Temperature||5ºC – 35ºC||5ºC – 35ºC||5ºC – 35ºC|
|Power||AC 100-240V, 50/60Hz||AC 100-240V, 50/60Hz||AC 100V, 50/60Hz|
|Power consumption||Max. 250W||Max. 165W||Max. 310W|
|Product code||CUH-1000A series||CUH-2000 series||CUH-7000 series|
|Storage size||500GB||500GB or 1TB||1TB|
Written by George Papandreou