At Greatgames4u, we understand the dilemma you are facing. You hear PlayStation 4, PlayStation 4 Slim and PlayStation 4 Pro all flying around. You don’t know the one to buy. In this article, we shall tell you all you need to know about the PlayStation 4(PS4), PlayStation 4 Slim (PS4 Slim) and the PlayStation 4 Pro (PS4Pro).
PlayStation 4 (PS4)
This was the original PlayStation 4 that came out. Sony has phased it out but you can still get used or refurbished versions of it in the market. It is the cheapest of the three. It comes with 2 USB 3.0 ports, a 500 Gb hard drive, 1.84 Teraflops graphics processor, a 1.6 GHz CPU, 2.4GHz b/g/n Wi-Fi, 8 Gb GDDR5 RAM and Bluetooth 2.1. It has a maximum power consumption of 250W and it weighs about 2.8 Kg.
PlayStation 4 Slim (PS4 Slim)
The PlayStation 4 Slim is what you are going to find most available on the market. It came out after the first PS4. The major difference between it and the original PS4 is its size. It also comes with more quiet fans. The Slim weighs 2.8 Kg which is the least of all. Other improvements are Bluetooth 4.0, USB 3.1, the ability to choose between a 500 Gb or a 1 Tb hard drive, 2.4GHz and 5 GHz b/g/n AC Wi-Fi. It consumes less power as it has a maximum power consumption of 165W. It also comes with a slightly different DualShock 4 controller. Every other thing remains the same.
PlayStation 4 Pro (PS4 Pro)
The PlayStation 4 Pro is the king of all. It is the priciest and most powerful of the three consoles. It was released after the first two. The PS4 Pro is bigger and heavier than the other two. It weighs a whopping 3.3 Kg. But its benefits far outweigh its disadvantage in weight. Every upgrade that comes with the PS4 Slim is included in the PS4 Pro. Additionally, it comes with a 4.20 Teraflops graphics processor, a CPU that is overclocked at 2.1 GHz, an extra USB at the back and HDMI 2.0. It also comes with an extra 1 Gb RAM for non-gaming tasks. The 8 Gb GDDR5 RAM it ships with clocks faster than the RAM of the other consoles.
It is the only PlayStation 4 that can play games in 4k (2160p) resolution. The PS4 Pro comes with a standard 1 Tb model. It also comes ships with the improved DualShock 4 controller that came with the PS4 Slim. Unsurprisingly, the PS4 Pro consumes the most power. It has a maximum power consumption of 310W. The software of the PS4 Pro is mostly the same as that of the other models. A software feature that stands out is the Boost mode. Boost Mode allows existing PS4 games to run smoother and look better on the PS4 Pro.
So basically, with the PlayStation 4 Pro, you can run games on 4k resolution instead of the traditional 1080p resolution that came with the PS4 and PS4 Slim. If you connect the PS4 Pro to a 1080p TV, your games will look slightly better and will run smoother. Games that are optimized for the PS4 Pro will have a badge that says so. Some games will run on 30 FPS at 4k while some will run at 60 FPS on 1080p choosing to sacrifice graphics for framerate. PlayStation VR games will also run smoother on a PS4 Pro.
Which one should you get?
At greatgames4u, we know that this is the part you have been waiting for. You want to make a purchase decision and you want to get absolute value for your hard-earned money. If you have a 1080p TV and you are short on funds, then a normal PS4 is okay for you. But if you have some extra cash to spare, you can get a PS4 Slim. Depending on your location, you might only find a used or refurbished original PS4 available. So, you might be forced to get a PS4 Slim if you want something new. The PS4 Pro might give you better gameplay performance if you have a 1080p TV but it is not really worth it. You should only get it if you have a lot of cash and you are thinking of upgrading to a 4K TV in future.
If you own a 4K TV and you have funds to spare, a PS4 Pro is perfect for you. You will be able to play games in 4K resolution and you will have smoother gameplay. You can also stream content from Netflix and other sources in 4K resolution.
The table below will show the comparison between the three in more details.
|Feature||PS4||PS4 Slim||PS4 Pro|
|Dimensions||275×53×305 mm||265×39×288 mm||295×55×327 mm|
|Mass||2.8 Kg||2.1 Kg||3.3 Kg|
|Storage||500 Gb||500 Gb or 1 Tb||1 Tb|
|USB||3.0 (Two)||3.1 (Two)||3.1 (Three)|
|Wi-Fi||802.11 b/g/n||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac|
|Power Consumption||250W Max||165W Max||310W Max|
|GPU||1.84 Teraflops||1.84 Teraflops||4.20 Teraflops|
|RAM||8 Gb GDDR5 (176 Gb/s)||8 Gb GDDR5 (176 Gb/s)||8 Gb GDDR5 (218 Gb/s) plus 1 Gb|
|CPU||1.6 GHz||1.6 GHz||2.1 GHz|