Sony has released a new Playstation 4, only that is not a completely new one, it’s an update of the current Playstation 4 with some improvements. The Playstation 4 Pro offers better graphics than its predecessor. In order to see the most notable improvements you will require a 4K TV with HDR support, but if you don’t have one you can still buy it and feel the difference.
For those who want to make the upgrade to the PS4 Pro, the configuration of the PS4 Pro is no different than the standard PS4. Users connect the included HDMI cable to their TV, activate the console and go through the setup process, including signing in or creating PlayStation Network account.
If you already have a PS4, you have the option where you can transfer everything from your current console to the Pro. For this you will need an Ethernet cable to perform the transfer. In my case my PS4 had almost 500 GB of storage available occupied, it took me between 90 minutes to almost 2 hours to complete the transfer to the Pro.
The great attraction of the PS4 Pro are the games with 4K resolution. Several games support higher screen resolutions, including Uncharted 4, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, NBA 2K17 and the PlayStation VR game list. Along with 4K, PS4 Pro supports high dynamic range (HDR), which increases color depth and contrast in games.
Without a 4K TV, Sony claims that owners of standard HD games will see improvements, including better visual quality and consistent framerates.
To test the PS4 Pro, I played The Last Of Us Remastered (30 FPS + HDR) with a Samsung 4K TV with HDR support – the newest on the market at the moment – and I was impressed with the difference of this console compared to the standard PS4 and The Xbox One S. For example, the details of the characters and environments look more vibrant and detailes. This can’t be appreciated on the standard PS4 or Xbox One S. The PS4 Pro is completely focused on the performance and fidelity of the games.
The PS4 Pro introduces some minor upgrades, including a larger size compared to standard PS4, small adjustments to the DualShock controller and the long-awaited debut of a 1TB hard drive, essential for gamers who prefer to purchase digital games instead of physical ones.
The PS4 Pro offers the power you would look for in a high-end Gaming PC, but at a lower price. If you still have to buy a console of this generation, I would say that it is a no-brainer. You will not find better graphics on a gaming console this year.
But what if you already have a PS4? That is a less obvious option, considering that the standard PS4 got an upgrade for HDR support – without the 4K – that does not mean that the graphics will be appreciated as the Pro. However it is an investment because even if you own a PS4 standard and you do not have a TV with HDR support you will have the update in the console but you will not be able to appreciate the HDR.
The Xbox One S, can not reach the PS4 Pro, but does offer a Blu-ray UHD 4K player. If you want a mid-level console, Microsoft has a clear advantage in that area. Another thing to consider is the appropriate next-gen consoles. Microsoft has its next Xbox under the sleeve, codenamed Project Scorpio, which is destined to be a clear step forward in the world of video games.
My opinion depends on the importance you attach to that extra step towards realism in videogames. Although I do not feel that the PS4 Pro is an essential purchase for those who can’t spend a lot of money to be able to upgrade 100% with this current technology. But I insist that it is the best video game console on the market.
Translated by Angelica Lora.
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