The PS4 Pro has been long since rumored and finally became official when Sony revealed it at their PlayStation Event.
And for the first time in PlayStation history, we’re being introduced to a mid-cycle PlayStation console upgrade! Launching on November 10 at $399, gamers looking for the option for a more powerful PS4 can opt for the PS4 Pro.
With a more powerful infrastructure than the PS4 it’s no surprise that the PS4 Pro’s price tag will be much more than a PS4 or PS4 Slim. The good news is that for those of us who already own a PS4, the PS4 Pro is designed to live alongside it rather than replace it.
So whether you already own a PS4 or have been waiting to jump into the new generation of PlayStation gaming, this guide to the PS4 Pro will cover everything you need to know. And if you want a rundown of facts for the PS4 Pro we’ve listed 31 of them in our latest PS4 Pro article.
About the PS4 Pro
The PlayStation 4 Pro is Sony’s answer to gamers who love the PS4 but want to get a bit more out of their current console and the standard 1080p gaming televisions they own. It was also designed for gamers who have already invested in advanced television display technology in this generation of gaming as well.
“PS4 Pro will become the number 1 provider of high resolution and HDR content” – Andrew House
The PS4 Pro is all about delivering heightened experiences. It’s all about being able to see the difference and take advantage of the new display technologies available to us. So just like Virtual Reality and 4k HDR TVs, the PS4 Pro is something you need to see and experience in person to be able to understand what Sony has done.
The most important thing you should take away from all this though is that Sony is committed to keeping the PS4 community together. So all the PS4 games, downloads, gaming headsets, PS4 accessories, and televisions you own are all compatible with the PS4 Pro.
Here are some of the things you’ll find the PS4 Pro has and can do:
- An upgraded GPU
- A boosted CPU clock rate
- A 1TB Hard Drive included
- HDR (High Dynamic Range)
- 4K streaming with Netflix and YouTube
- Streamlined rendering techniques
- Enhancements for HDTV owners
- Easily transfer your game library from your PS4 to PS4 Pro
- The ability to play together across PS4 and PS4 Pro
- Automatic detection of the display PS4 Pro is hooked up to
- Improvements to PlayStation VR
The PS4 Pro supports things like high rendering resolution that can make games like For Honor’s standard PS4 models and textures even better. And with PS4 Pro’s HDR, image quality and lighting is improved even further. It’s quite obvious that Sony believes the potential of HDR is incredible and with the PlayStation 4 Pro gamers will understand why.
With the PS4 Pro, a number of games you already own will be patched to work on the new console with what Sony is calling Forward Compatibility. This simply means that older games that work with the standard PS4 model will need to be patched to take full advantage of what the PS4 Pro can do.
The extra power of PS4 Pro will help to boost imagery in scenes, enhance visual effects, add greater texture fidelity and more. But in order to do this the game developers need to put forth an effort to support the system. Unfortunately, that means and extra cost to developers, as well as more time and resources needed to make this happen.
And although PS4 Pro gives developers the tools they need to push their games further, not all developers need to support PS4 Pro.
But don’t worry! All PS4 digital downloads and game discs will work on the PS4 Pro with no problem. It’s just that they will not be able to run the way they should on the new console without being updated.
“PS4 Pro is not intended to blur the lines between console generations. Instead, the vision is to take the PS4 experience to extraordinary new levels.” – Mark Cerny
With the PS4 Pro, Sony wants to deliver high fidelity graphical experiences never seen before. The PS4 Pro has more than double the power of the standard PS4’s GPU. And they have adopted many new features from the AMD Polaris architecture.
The PS4 Pro has enacted many hardware innovations such as efficient rendering for 4k displays. It’s got a boosted clock rate for its CPU as well as greater memory bandwidth and an enhanced GPU.
With all the innovations added to the PS4 Pro, game developers can push the fidelity of their games to new heights easily because the original PS4’s simple programming model remains the same on PS4 Pro.
PS4 Pro and PlayStation VR
Ever since rumors of the PlayStation 4 Pro have been circulating the web, one thing has made absolute sense. If you want to utilize the PlayStation VR to its fullest potential, then you’re going to need a more powerful machine than the standard PS4.
With the PlayStation 4 Pro being more powerful right out of the box, you now have your opportunity to play PlayStation VR games as they were meant to be played.
With the PS4 Pro you can look forward to:
- Higher frame rates
- Improved rendered pixel count
- Improved VR scenes and details
- Enhanced special effects
All these things can come together to provide a much more immersive and better overall VR experience than ever thought possible with the standard PS4.
Is your PS4 outdated?
As of now with the PS4 Pro, your PS4 has officially become outdated. Some gamers would say that the PS4 has been outdated for a long time when it comes to the PS4 versus PC gaming. But this isn’t what we’re talking about.
What we’re referring to is strictly within the family of PlayStation hardware. The PlayStation Pro is new hardware that is directly in competition with the PS4 as far as gamer adaptation. Granted it doesn’t matter to Sony whether you buy a PS4 or PS4 Pro. But to us gamers, we now have a choice that may not be so easy for some.
When the PS4 was announced it was said to be the most powerful console ever created. Which is of course true. But what gamers actually got was not what some expected.
- It couldn’t play all games at 60 frames per second.
- It couldn’t play all games at the same ultra-settings as a PC.
- It couldn’t play all games at 1080p.
- It can’t properly take advantage of the PlayStation VR
Some of us were hoping that the PS4 would be powerful enough to at least be able to play all games at 1080p/60fps. It didn’t have to match PC gaming’s ultra-settings. It just needed to be able to play games in the current generation at 1080p/60fps.
Obviously this wasn’t the case.
Then there is the issue with PlayStation VR. We won’t get heavy into this but we just want you to be aware that it has been stated the PS4 may not be powerful enough to give gamers the VR experience they expect.
Video: Is PS4 Powerful Enough for Virtual Reality?
Sony has stated that the PS4 is more than adequate to deliver a great PSVR experience. Some who have tried the VR headset have said otherwise. No matter what, it’s obvious to everyone that the PS4 Pro will absolutely make your PSVR experience better.
Should I buy a PS4 or PS4 Pro?
Now that Sony has gone ahead and announced the PS4 Pro, a lot of you may be wondering whether to buy a PS4 or PS4 Pro.
It’s always great to have choices but as of right now these are some pretty tough decisions for a gamer. Luckily the PS4 Pro isn’t too much more expensive than the PS4. But to many, the price difference might be something of concern regardless.
Here are a few things we’d ask if you can’t decide whether to buy a PS4 or PS4 Pro:
Do you already own a PS4?
Do you have the budget to buy a PS4 Pro?
Do you still own a PS3 and want to upgrade to the new-gen?
How many gamers live in your home that use the standard PS4?
Do you want to take full advantage of your 4k television?
Are you willing to trade your PS4 in for a PS4 Pro? That way you can save some money by trading up. By trading up to the PS4 Pro you can make it so that it is a much more affordable purchase.
There is just one problem though.
If you just bought a PS4 recently, then trading up to the PS4 Pro may be something you strongly want to consider. For those of us who are Day One PS4 owners, trading up to the PS4 Pro just makes more since for us. We’ve already gotten a lot of miles out of our PS4. So the money lost on the trade up isn’t as painful.
It still is…just not as much.
But if you just recently bought a PS4 and want to upgrade to the PS4 Pro, the money you’re losing out on may be too much for you to just ignore.
If you’re determined to get a PS4 Pro and you just bought a PS4, then our advice is if you can, return your PS4 for a full refund immediately. But if you’re outside the refund period it might be in your best interests if you just hold on to your PS4 for a while.
Most likely, if you just got a PS4 then you’ll be blown away by what it offers you in terms of visuals and gameplay. So don’t think you’re missing out on a whole lot by not getting the PS4 Pro immediately. You can always trade-up at a later date.
Another thing to consider is if you already own a PS4, do you want to sell it or keep it? If you have more than one gamer in the house who uses the PS4, this is something you really need to consider.
Well, because two PlayStations are better than one! Let’s face it, there are not a lot of triple A couch co-op games this generation. To play games with someone else in your home like Destiny you need another console.
Instead of trading in your PS4 and buying a PS4 Pro to share, why not just keep the PS4 and get a PS4 Pro? That way you can all play a lot more games together.
Look, at the end of the day it’s up to you and how you feel about buying a PS4 or PS4 Pro. Some people are perfectly happy with a $20,000 car and some only want luxury cars in their garage.
Both cars will get you from point A to point B. The only difference is how they get you there. Some want a car that gets them there in style and luxury while to others it matters little to them as long as they arrive safe and sound.
The same goes for the PS4 and the PlayStation 4 Pro. Both will play the same games. It’s just how they will play that makes the difference.
Do you want to get the most out of your games?
Or are you happy with how your games are performing now?
Here’s an example:
Speaking about Call of Duty on the PS4 Pro, Activision’s CTO talks about taking advantage of the PS4 Pro’s capabilities without compromising the game.
“With its greater memory bandwidth and enhanced GPU we can now deliver richer textures and 4k graphics on top of our trademark 60 frame a second gameplay.” – Andy Hendrickson
So with the standard PS4, you’re still getting the Call of Duty you know and love at 60fps. And with the PS4 Pro you’re getting the exact same game but with enhanced visuals, effects, and resolution at the same frame rate as the standard PS4 version.
No PS4 Pro exclusive games
This may be disappointing to some and reassuring to others. At some point in this console generation, PS4 Pro owners are going to want games to take full advantage of the hardware. On the other hand, PS4 owners aren’t going to want PS4 Pro exclusives they can’t play.
Sony has come out and said that the PS4 Pro won’t have exclusive games and that’s totally fine. Sony wants to keep the PS4 community together. The bottom line is they are offering a new console that only improves things on the standard PS4.
Will things change in the future? Will they offer PS4 Pro exclusives at some point? Who knows.
Are you happy to have the PS4 Pro become a part of the PlayStation family?
Here at TechU4ria we’re all just happy we have the option to upgrade to a more powerful console that will take advantage of new TV display technologies.
It’s always great that we as gamers have options tailored to our specific gaming situation. Game developers are happy to be able to improve the quality of their older games as well as create newer games with a more powerful console.
So what did you decide to do? Are you getting a PS4 or PS4 Pro. Let us know in the comment section below.
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