What a weird yet exciting time it is for video game hardware this holiday. It was a little less than a month ago when PlaySation VR launched and now Sony’s launching their supercharged PS4 Pro. The Pro hopes to usher in a new era of 4K HDR games and video content and, according to early reports, it manages to do so pretty consistently. You may be wondering what the main differences between the PS4 and the PS4 Pro are, so I’ve compiled a handy little guide below.
The main idea here is that the PS4 Pro has a faster CPU by rougly 30% while the GPU has over twice the processing power. (1.86 Teraflops vs 4.2)
PS4 Pro: What’s Different
- Graphical and performance improvements to supported games when played on Pro, including PSVR titles
- 4K resolutions: 2160p, YUV420, and 2160p RGB
- 4K upscaling of games with checkerboard rendering with some games running natively in 4k
- 4K video support with apps like Netflix and YouTube
- New ‘three-layerd-cake’ design that is surprisingly close to the original PS4’s dimensions with a all over matte finish similar to the PS4 Slim
- Updated DualShock 4 controller with light strip visible on touch pad and ability to be plugged in direct via USB for incredibly quick lag-free controller input
- Third USB 3.1 port on rear of device which is a godsend for PSVR owners
- 1TB hard drive space as standard with support for SATA-III hard drives (I’m still upgrading to 2TB)
- Wifi Improvements – 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac supported (also available with new PS4 Slim model)
- Remote Play streaming up to 1080p on PC, Mac and Xperia. Share Play from PS4 Pro at 1080p
- Sharing improvements – 4K screenshots, 1080p video, YouTube streaming at 1080p60
PS4 Pro: What’s The Same
- Same library of games with no PS4 Pro exclusives. Each piece of software will run on both consoles, although they may be ehnanced in various ways on the Pro.
- PS4 games with no PS4 Pro mode will run exactly the same as the do on the regular PS4.
Both systems support identical peripherals from the DualShock 4 to the PS Camera and everything in between
- No PS4 Pro exclusive features or DLC in any games. However, certain play modes could be expanded on. An example is two player split-screen on PS4 and four player on Pro.
- Both utilize the same PSN ecosystem and network, so regular PS4 users can play and interact alongside Pro users with no differences online, and vice versa
- Save data, Trophy data, and identical PSN account log-in between the two systems
- The Pro’s user interface is identical to it’s smaller sibling, albeit rendered in native 4K if your TV supports it
- PlayStation Store will be the same, but expect pages and physical game-packaging to list PS4 Pro-added features
- Support for HDR visuals on both consoles thanks to firmware update 4.0