With PlayStation 4 pro Sony is trying to step into a new midrange territory with new and upgraded version of its successful gaming console,The PlayStation 4.The Performance of the PS4 pro can range from good to underwhelming depending on the game and the kind of display you are playing on.On paper the PlayStation pro is certainly a lot better than the PS4 but in practice the difference is quite unnoticeable .
Physically PRO packs a lot of potential in a relatively less space.The initial 1Gb of dRAM ,the second GPU and the extra power requires much less space than you would imagine…… It is 11.6 inches wide ,2.2 inches high and 12.9 inches long ,It can fit into the space the original PS4 could unless it was a really tight fit already.It is heavier from the PS4 by around 30%, It has 2 usb’s in the front and 1 at the back which is great for hooking up a PS VR , Overall the PRO feel quit premium except the cheap power buttons ,which are comically tiny.IT SADLY HAS NO SUPPORT FOR 4K BLURAY PLAYBACk
First things first: if you don’t have a display capable of 4K resolutions and/or high-dynamic range colors (or a PSVR headset—see below), you should probably put off even considering a PS4 Pro purchase until you get one. While users with standard HDTVs (1080p or lower) can get some benefit from the PS4 Pro’s additional horsepower, the difference is so marginal that it’s not worth the investment.
On a standard HDTV, the PS4 Pro’s extra horsepower sometimes means improving from a lower resolution (often around 900 vertical lines of resolution) to “true” 1080p high-def. For other games, the extra horsepower is used for supersampling, which renders a game at an internal resolution higher than that on the display, then uses that extra pixel data to smooth out lines and edges through improved anti-aliasing.
In both cases, the difference is slight enough that it’s hard to make out under normal viewing conditions on a 1080p screen. Yes, if you get right up to the TV and look for the stairstep patterns on diagonal edges, you’ll see some difference between the two consoles. If you’re just playing the game from a few feet away, though, you’re unlikely to notice much of anything has changed.
There are also games that offer improved frame rates on the PS4 Pro, usually through some sort of setting in the options menu. In a game like Infamous: First Light, the additional smoothness was noticeable but not revelatory. When I went back to the original frame rate, it didn’t seem unnecessarily juddery in comparison. Like the supersampling, it’s a small benefit that probably isn’t worth the purchase of a completely new system.
OK, so let’s say you do have a 4K display. Chances are it also comes with the ability to display colors in the high-dynamic range (HDR), an increased gamut that’s literally impossible on older sets. Displaying these kinds of colors is one of Sony’s biggest marketing points for the PS4 Pro, which makes it kind of odd that it’s not really a selling point for the system at all.
The improved color range makes everything look hyper-real in a way that’s hard to convey if you haven’t seen it in person (screenshots and videos shown on a non-HDR display won’t impart the difference). Blacks are much darker, bright colors end up seeming much brighter in HDR, and the improved contrast makes it easier to pick out detail even without any additional pixels of resolution.
The HDR effect is most apparent in scenes with fire and explosions or with the bright neon colors that are prevalent in games like Infamous: First Light. But you can see the effect more subtly in other scenes. It shows up in the way the light bounces off of Nathan Drake’s face in Uncharted 4 or in the richness of a leather couch under a lamp in the Last of Us. The effect ends up making everything seem a bit shiny, as if the non-HDR images were being displayed through slightly tinted glass.
The difference is noticeable enough that it’s a bit tough to go back to the non-HDR versions of these games after experiencing them in HDR. For those who spend a lot of time in front of a screen, it’s easy to feel like you weren’t seeing the world quite correctly before. It’s not quite the jump from black-and-white to color, but it ends up being something close.
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Here’s the thing, though: this great improvement doesn’t need the PS4 Pro. Back in September, Sony quietly announced that the existing PS4 would also support the expanded HDR color output natively. In our testing, games like Uncharted 4 already look a decent shot better with HDR even on a standard PlayStation 4.
Sony deserves high praise for making HDR a core part of its complete console line. But for those deciding between a PS4 and the more expensive Pro, HDR is not a reason to upgrade. If you have the suitable display, the existing PS4 will already look a lot better thanks to that HDR update on the PS4
If you’re the type that likes to count pixels, you should know that the vast majority of games that have been upgraded for the PS4 Pro so far are not running internally at the maximum 3840×2160 resolution supported by 4K TVs. The games that promise to achieve this native resolution on the hardware tend to be remakes of older titles (Skyrim: Special Edition) or simpler, abstract games without much in the way of complex graphical details (Thumper, Rez Infinite).
That said, many games see a bump to 1440 or even 1800 vertical lines of internal resolution thanks to the PS4 Pro. This has a noticeable effect on image quality on a 4K set, especially once the system’s own internal upscaler does its work.
Comparing to a 1080p image from the original PS4, you can pick out the effect of those additional pixels in small details on specific scene elements, especially in the textures of things like facial hair and fabrics. In Rise of the Tomb Raider, for instance, the individual snowflakes on Lara Croft’s coat look more defined and less like an abstract white streak. The icicles hanging off of ledges look craggier, too, with more depth and definition.
The rise in sharpness extends to the in-game models, which are often more detailed in the Pro versions of games. When Sarah looks in the mirror at the beginning of The Last of Us: Remastered, for instance, the copy of Sarah staring back has much more definition and smoother edges on the PS4 Pro. The bookshelf next to her features sharper lines with easier-to-read titles on the spines of the books. Even if you’re not focused on details, it’s easy to pick up on a general sense that everything is crisper and better defined when viewing a PS4 Pro game on a 4K display.
WORTH THE MONEY???
If you already have a PS4, these caveats make the PS4 Pro a questionable value proposition even if you already have a 4K TV. Your money doesn’t get you access to any new games and only gets you improved graphics and performance on a select subset of current games (as well as an unclear subset of future games). When you could buy close to seven $60 games (or even invest in a PlayStation VR headset) for the cost of the upgrade, you have to seriously consider whether graphical quality or gameplay quantity is more important to you.
If you don’t yet have a PS4, though, and are in the market for a system that can fully show off your 4K TV, the PS4 Pro is definitely worth a look. Though the Xbox One has its charms, the PS4 remains our favorite current console thanks to a wide array of exclusive titles and quality VR support.
- Extra resolution helps with jagged edges and graphical details on 4K TVs
- HDR makes colors pop and causes a hyper-real look (though it’s also available on the standard PS4)
- Sharper lines and distinctly less blurriness on PlayStation VR
- Easy to transfer your hard drive contents from an old PS4
- Reasonable price for the raw hardware power available
- Upgrades for non-HDR, non-4K TVs are pretty marginal
- Limited selection of games that have Pro updates planned (an uncertain support in the future)
- No exclusive content; all games will also run on the cheaper, standard PS4
- A 4K system that doesn’t support UHD Blu-ray discs
Verdict: Hold off if you already have a PS4, if you don’t have a 4K TV, or if you want to see what Microsoft has in the works. If you simply must have the best graphics a living room console can currently provide, though, this is your system.