The Playstation Meeting event of September 7th brought us some long-expected news about our favorite console, or, in other words, two completely new editions of PS4. The first one was totally expected – once again we got a slimmer version of Sony’s current gaming system, but who’d expect that we’re also going to get an upgraded model, with raw power under its shell and completely oriented to (more and more popular) 4K gaming?
The name of this powerful new console is Playstation 4 Pro, and many people who were about to buy PS4 are now confused – which one to buy? There’s the old, regular version from 2013, the new slimmer version, and now the Playstation 4 Pro. But, have no worries – we’re going to help you with this dilemma right now and here.
The difference between the original and the upgraded PS4 is quite obvious, as there is an extra layer on the top of the console. Even though the whole thing still looks pretty sleek and modern, we have to say that it’s quite bulky, and weighs half a kilogram more than the standard version. Nevertheless, you’ll still be able to put this thing at the same spot where the original console already was.
To put it as simply as possible, the Playstation 4 Pro provides a smoother experience when it comes to gaming, as it has a faster graphics card. This thing can now also run the graphically-intensive games in the 4K resolution, which is pretty impressive if you ask us. Why? Well, the standard Full HD resolution measures 1920 x 1080 pixels, while the 4K resolution measures the stunning 2160 x 3840, making the games (and all other media content) look sharper and easier for the eyes.
The other important thing here is that the new PS4 Pro handles the VR (Virtual Experience) games much easier, with the older model of the console already being dismissed by some of the game developers as having a weak technology for such games. There’s also a matter of sharing the screenshots and videos – unlike the older model, the Pro version allows you to share your pics in the 4K resolution, by using the well-known share button on the Dualshock controller.
One of the most interesting things about the games for PS4 Pro is that there won’t be any exclusives for it, i.e. every game that works on it must also work on the original console. Now, this is, of course, a good decision – no matter which PS4 console you have, you only have to buy the game and it will certainly run on it, but it also brings a problem.
This means that the game developers will have to make their games run on all Playstation 4 systems, which will take more time to develop the game and will also require a bigger team and more resources. This leads us to the conclusion that we won’t see the true potential of PS4 Pro until at least the second half of 2017. But have no worries – you can still play a bunch of games that are already out there for PS4, and one way to get them is to obtain the Playstation 4 voucher on our website.
The 4K resolution
Seeing this as the main new feature of gaming on Sony’s systems, let’s take a more in-depth look at the 4K resolution on Playstation 4 Pro. As we already said, the new console has the 4K output, compared to the standard 1080p resolution on the original PS4. If you don’t have a 4K TV, there’s really no point in buying this piece of technology. But if you plan to buy such a TV, and do some gaming on it, then the PS4 Pro is the only viable solution.
You will also be able to watch Netflix shows and movies in their maximum resolution, with the only downside here being that the Pro doesn’t have the Ultra HD Blu-ray drive, which means that you won’t be able to play the physical media that comes with the native 4K resolution. This, actually, isn’t such a big deal – streaming is becoming more and more common, while the optical discs are fading into history.
Let’s take a look at some games and their performance in the 4K resolution:
- The Last of Us, one of the best Playstation 3 games ever made, also works on the PS4 – and the Pro version is able to run it in two modes. The first one is the 4K resolution with 30 frames per second, while the second one is the standard 1080p at 60 fps.
- Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, a big hit from 2014, can now also be played on Pro, and it runs at 40 fps in the native 4K resolution. Yes, 60 fps is much better, but 40 fps is still quite a bit more than the standard 30.
- Uncharted 4 not only runs in the 4K resolution without any problems, but it also has better lighting effects and much more additional details.
The Playstation 4 is a great piece of hardware made for gaming. It has a much faster graphics card than the original console, and while the CPU is similar in the architecture, it has been clocked and now works at the much faster speed. All of this has been done in order to bring the 4K gaming experience to everybody who has (or plans to buy) a 4K TV. This is exactly where the answer to the question from the beginning of this text lies – if you have such a TV, then yes, it would be a wise decision to choose the Pro version over the standard one.
It will bring you some pretty impressive visual benefits, as well as the ability to play the VR games without any lag or performance issues. This is currently the most powerful gaming console in the world, and it will stay like that until the Microsoft reveals their Project Scorpio, an upgraded version of Xbox One and a direct future rival of Playstation 4 Pro.