PS4 Pro vs PS4: All the information you need on how the PS4 Pro stacks up against its predecessor, the PS4.
Sony has finally unveiled the new PS4 Pro, previously known as the PS4 Neo. And while the company says it isn't an entirely new console generation, it does bring a host of upgrades to the table.
The main draw is the new support for 4K HDR gaming but there's a few more important differences between the Pro and the newly redesigned standard console, which now comes in a more slimmed down case.
So, what exactly is the difference between the PS4 Pro and the PS4? Read on for all the information you need.
PS4 PRO FAQ
- PS4 Pro release date: 10th November
- PS4 Pro price
- PS4 Pro specs: More 2x faster AMD GPU, faster CPU and HDR support
PS4 PRO VS PS4 (NÉE PS4 SLIM) – POWER AND FEATURES
The PS4 Pro will exceed the original console in terms of processing power. Sony didn't provide overall figures, but it did claim the new AMD Polaris architecture GPU is more than twice as fast as the PS4's.
These are the new PS4 Pro specs:
- Main processor: Custom-chip single Processor
- CPU: x86-64 AMD "Jaguar," 8 cores
- GPU: 4.20 TFLOPS, AMD Radeon™ based graphics engine
- Memory: GDDR5 8GB
- Storage size: 1TB
- External dimensions: Approx. 295×55×327 mm (width × height × length) (excludes largest projection)
- Mass: Approx. 3.3 kg
- BD/DVD Drive: BD × 6 CAV, DVD × 8 CAV
- Input/Output: Super-Speed USB (USB 3.1 Gen.1) port × 3, AUX port × 1
- Networking: Ethernet (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T)×1, IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth® 4.0 (LE)
- Power: AC 100V, 50/60Hz
- Power consumption: Max. 310W
- Operating temp: 5ºC – 35ºC
- AV Output: HDMI out port (supports 4K/HDR) DIGITAL OUT (OPTICAL) port
So, what does that mean in terms of performance in comparison to the PS4? Well, the Pro will run games faster, with fewer framerate tears in more intensive games, providing a smoother gaming experience across the board. The increased GPU, which is more than double that of the original PS4, should go a long way, towards making that happen.
All new and recent PS4 games are required to support a 'Pro' mode, which means either improved resolution and/or increased texture and effects quality. Crucially, games that support an increased '4K' mode have to run as smoothly as they do on the standard PS4 console. Even if you don't have a 4K TV, games will look better on the PS4 Pro, though to what degree is down to the developer.
Of course, the PS4 Pro adds support for 4K output to facilitate all of this, meaning you'll be able to play games and stream certain content in Ultra HD provided you've got a 4K-ready TV set. It'll also upscale some games to 'near 4K' and offer improved frame rates – a welcome, if imperfect enhancement.