The PS4 Pro is still an easy buy for newcomers to the world of PlayStation, early PlayStation VR adopters and 4K HDR TV owners. For everyone else, though, there’s a chance the Pro’s benefits aren’t worth the extra cost.
PS4 Pro supports 4K TV GAMING & MORE. The most advanced PlayStation system ever. PS4 Pro is designed to take your favorite PS4 games and add to them with more power for graphics, performance, or features for your 4K HDR TV, or 1080p HD TV. Ready to level up?
- 4K TV Gaming– PS4 Pro outputs gameplay to your 4K TV. Many games, like Call of Duty: WWII, Gran Turismo Sport, and more, are optimized to look stunningly sharp and detailed when played on a 4K TV with PS4 Pro.
- More HD Power– Turn on Boost Mode to give PS4 games access to the increased power of PS4 Pro. For HD TV Enhanced games, players can benefit from increased image clarity, faster frame rates, or more.
- HDR Technology – With an HDR TV, compatible PS4 games display an unbelievably vibrant and lifelike range of colors.
- 4K Entertainment– Stream 4K videos, movies, and shows to your PS4 Pro.
4K Entertainment requires access to a 4K-compatible content streaming service, a robust internet connection, and a compatible 4K display.
Enhanced for PS4 Pro
Many of the biggest and best PS4 games get an additional boost from PS4 Pro enhancements that fine-tune the game’s performance.
From the stunning Manhattan skyline of Marvel’s Spider-Man and the towering Norse mountains of God of War, to the vast plains of Red Dead Redemption 2 and the intense battlegrounds of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, you’ll feel the power of your games unleashed wherever you see the Enhanced for PS4 Pro badge.
It’s been nearly three years since the PlayStation 4 Pro first launched and we still consider it to be one of the best consoles around that your money can buy – especially if you’re happy to pay for 4K capabilities and premium quality.
The question is, is it the best console out there? That’s hard to say. Microsoft’s Xbox One X gives it some serious competition as the best console currently available and it does pack in significantly more power under the hood.
PS4 Pro important properties are given below,
PS4 Pro HD:
PS4 Pro outputs an enhanced HD resolution.
Dynamic 4K Gaming:
PS4 Pro utilizes enhanced resolution techniques to increase game resolution to approach 4K.
Native 4K on Pro:
PS4 Pro enables game resolution output at native 2160p resolution.
Greater draw distance:
Improved visibility of objects further in the background with the greater focus and detail.
Images with soft features such as rounded corners and faces appear smoother and more visually realistic.
Visuals with very small features like smoke and steam have a heavier look and realistic feel.
PS4 Pro enables more elaborate design of images that create the detail we see in games, like dirt on the clothing or rust on metal.
PS4 Pro enables sharper shadows with cleaner detail at a greater distance, creating depth and image context.
High fidelity assets:
PS4 Pro displays imagery that is more intricate, increasing the amount of images on screen at once.
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HDR balances the light in games, coming closer to the full spectrum of light we see with the human eye (also available on Base Model PS4)
FPS Boost: Locked
PS4 Pro produces smoother locked frame rates.
FPS Boost: Targeted
PS4 Pro produces faster targeted frame rates.
Boost Models unlocks more power for select PS4 games. Depending on the game, the increased processing speeds can result in shorter load times and faster and smoother frame rates.
If you don’t yet have a PS4 console, then the PS4 Pro gives you those 4K capabilities (on some titles) and extra power over the PS4 Slim, in return for paying a bit more money. As we’ve said though, the same games work on both consoles. But remember, the PS5 is just around the corner so it may be better to hold out for Sony’s next-generation console instead of investing in the Pro.
You should also note that Sony’s PS4 Pro system has a few deficiencies in the home entertainment department: particular in not having an Ultra HD Blu-ray player installed. If that’s important to you, you might need to look elsewhere.
The game library on the PS4 is of course very solid, with the likes of PlayStation Vue, PlayStation VR and PlayStation Now emerging since its launch. The pros and cons of PS4 Pro are given below,
- First 4K HDR Sony console
- Larger 1TB hard drive
- The best Pro Mode games look great
- No 4K Blu-ray player
- Pro Mode support varies