Last September 15, Sony unveiled the PS4 Slim in a PlayStation event in New York City. The console is a slimmer and lighter version of the current PS4 model, which it will replace in the market as the standard. It was released on the same day as the announcement.
In the same event, Sony also finally revealed the PS4 Pro (previously known as the PS4 Neo), a “mid-generation” upgrade that will run alongside the regular PS4. The console will arrive this November 10, just in time for the holiday season.
Do you have questions about the PS4 Pro?
Before we get into whether you should buy a PS4 Pro or PS4 Slim, we want to make sure you fully understand what the PS4 Pro is all about.
We’ve put together an article that covers a lot of facts you need to know about the PS4 Pro. And we’ve listed facts about how the PS4 Pro will benefit gamers who only have a standard 1080p television.
Here’s our list of 31 PS4 Pro facts right here or click the image below to read the article.
Should you buy the PS4 Pro or PS4 Slim?
If you don’t own one yet and plan to buy a PlayStation 4, you might think that the PS4 Pro is the better buy at first glance. After all, it’s an upgrade to the original PS4 model, and thus the PS4 Slim. But don’t punch in your PS4 Pro order just yet – it may not be what you really need.
Check out this head-to-head comparison first to see which console is a better fit for you. Well, unless you plan to buy both.
We also have a comparison guide to help you choose whether to buy a PS4 or a gaming PC so check that out as well.
PS4 Slim is more portable
PS4 Slim: The PS4 Slim…isn’t actually known as “PS4 Slim”; its official name is still “PS4”. Anyway, this slimmer model is 30% smaller in volume, 16% lighter, and has 28% reduced power consumption. The pointed edges of the original PS4 model have now been replaced by rounded edges, and it now has a full matte finish, eschewing the original glossy one. Thanks to its more compact design, the PS4 Slim can be easily carried and stored – perfect for the holidays if you want to bring your games with you on a trip.
PS4 Pro: The PS4 Pro looks strikingly similar to the PS4 Slim in terms of design, except that it has a third “layer” which makes it look like a sandwich. It packs the same matte finish and rounded edges, too, and comes with the same revamped DualShock 4 controller with grey face buttons. Obviously, the PS4 Pro is on the heavy side, which you can tell simply by looking at it.
PS4 Pro packs more juice
PS4 Slim: Hardware-wise, there’s nothing new with the PS4 Slim. It has the exact same technical specifications as the original model inside its slim body. And…yeah, that’s about it.
PS4 Pro: The PS4 Pro has a much more powerful GPU, which is more than double of the original console, and a faster CPU. This translates to even higher resolutions, all the way to 4K, as well as smoother frame rates.
Although the PS4 Slim is also HDR-capable thanks to a recent software update, the PS4 Pro easily beats it in terms of visual spectacle. And it doesn’t matter if your TV has HDR support or 4K capabilities – the PS4 Pro will still run your games at 1080p.
The only thing missing from the PS4 Pro is a built-in Ultra HD Blu-ray player, which is something Microsoft is quick to point out. If you’re all about the most immersive console gaming experience, then the PS4 Pro is the way to go.
Sony has repeatedly said that the PS4 Pro will share the same game library as the standard PS4 and will not have exclusive games. Of course, thanks to its hardware advantage, everything will be much better-looking in the PS4 Pro, whether the games are 4K native or not.
If you don’t really care much about eye-popping graphics and only want to catch up on all the PS3 and PS4 games you missed out, then you can’t go wrong with simply the PS4 Slim by your side.
PS4 Slim is significantly cheaper
PS4 Slim: The PS4 Slim comes with a $299 price tag, while the PS4 Pro is set at $399. However, holiday sales and discounts could cause the PS4 Slim to be even cheaper, which is perfect if you’re looking to gift the console instead of buying one for yourself.
PS4 Pro: On the other hand, it’s unlikely that we’ll see the PS4 Pro with a discounted price during the holidays. It would be bad for Sony, sales-wise, so don’t expect them to lower the price just a month after the initial release. More likely, we’ll see different PS4 Pro bundles. There’s also another factor to consider…
The PlayStation VR
Note: Read our article on whether you should buy a PlayStation VR now or later.
Sony’s entry into the virtual reality party has just been released with a price tag of $399 – similar to the PS4 Pro. If you’re looking to get into the VR craze, keep in mind the PlayStation VR does not come with a PS4 by default. You need to buy the console separately. Both the PS4 Slim and PS4 Pro are PlayStation VR compatible, although the PS4 Pro is recommended due to its hardware superiority that will make PlayStation VR run and look better.
But that equals to an instant $800 in PlayStation splurging. So if you don’t really plan on diving too much into VR games except for the simpler ones, then the PS4 Slim should be enough as your PSVR sidekick.
The verdict on PS4 Slim versus PS4 Pro
If you’re on a tight budget and don’t care about drool-worthy visuals, then don’t hesitate on the PS4 Slim. But if you want the best console gaming experience available in this generation, then place your money on the PS4 Pro.
It’s the better investment for the long haul, too, especially with the potential of PlayStation VR gaming (if you’re buying the PSVR as well). This decision would have been much easier if the PS4 Pro will have exclusive games.
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