A complete PS4 Pro breakdown

 

Phenomenal graphics, enhanced gameplay, faster frame rates, dynamic 4K gaming, and 4K entertainment are just a few of the incredible luxuries on the brand new PS4 Pro.

The PS4 Pro was first announced by Sony on September 7th, 2016 and was shortly released approximately two months later on November 10th, 2016.  The price point for the PS4 Pro is $399 USD, which is the same as when the original PS4 was released in 2013. 

The new PS4 Pro's main selling point is its improved in-game visuals, 4K gaming, and 4K entertainment.  This has been achieved by nearly doubling the GPU output. It is important to note that not all PS4 games support 4K and 4K entertainment requires a subscription to a 4K-compatible streaming service and a 4K TV or monitor.  On top of that, PS4 Pro does not support 4K Blu-ray discs, however PS4 Pro provides automatic upscaling for standard Blu-ray Discs.

The PS4 Pro comes with some shiny new features and upgrades

FPS Boost

PS4 Pro has seen an improvement to producing faster targeted frame rates, or a smoother locked frame rate.

Vivid Textures

In game textures are now captured on PS4 Pro in a much more elaborate environment. This really stands out with the simplest game details such as dirt, metal, or wooden textures seen within the PlayStation world.

Deep Shadows

Shadows appear sharper, cleaner, with crisp detail at a far greater distance than before. This creates stunning image depth and context.

High Fidelity Assets

Because the imagery on the PS4 Pro is so intricate, more images are able to be displayed on the screen at once improving overall game environments.

Greater Draw Distance

This means that visibility has improved significantly in terms of displaying objects off in the background with higher focus and greater detail.

Anti-Aliasing

Images with typically softer features such as a human face, or rounded corners on a design will appear smoother and be more realistic visually.

Visual FX

Even the tiniest and faintest details like steam or smoke have a more realistic feel. You can't even tell the difference.

HDR

HDR (High Dynamic Range) is a technique used to capture a larger spectrum of light to display a more realistic output, similar to what we'd see in real life. This same technique is used on the original PS4 as well.

PS4 Pro HD

PS4 Pro has the capability to outputs game in resolution ranging from 1080p to 1440p.

Dynamic 4K Gaming

Advanced resolution techniques are utilized to enhance game resolution on the PS4 Pro.

Native 4K on Pro

PS4 Pro has a native game resolution output of 2160p.

The PS4 Pro design has the classic Sony touch with a few modifications

 

 

The PS4 Pro dimensions are approx. 295×55×327 mm (width × height × length)

The design is similar to the original PS4 in the sense that it has a stacked layer feel, although the original PS4 has two layers, while the new PS4 Pro has three making it bigger overall. 

The PS4 Pro design has a very sleek casing using the traditional black, grey, and blue design.  Some of the accents are really neat on the PS4 Pro, specifically underneath the console as there are the classic playstation symbols used as the legs.

There is an additional USB port at the back of the console, and it looks like Sony did a better job of protecting all the port connections from dust by shielding them more efficiently within the overall design.

 

 

PS4 Pro Enhanced

Some games on the PS4 have enhanced capabilities for graphics, resolution, and frame rates.  These games will have the PS4 Pro enhanced badge on them.

Most of the new games will have the new feature built in, and a handful of previously released titles such as The Last of US Remastered, Uncharted 4, and Call of Duty: Blacks Ops III.  In addition to this, some PlayStation VR games will also be updated with PS4 Pro enhanced support.
 
All PS4 Pro enhanced games are playable at 1080p resolution.

PS4 Pro tech specs

 

The information below was taken from the official Sony website.  Compare the PS4 specs to PS4 Pro.

 

Product namePlayStation®4
Product codeCUH-2000 series
Main processor

Single-chip custom processor

CPU : x86-64 AMD “Jaguar”, 8 cores

GPU : 1.84 TFLOPS, AMD Radeon™ based graphics engine

MemoryGDDR5 8GB
Storage size*500GB, 1TB
External dimensionsApprox. 265×39×288 mm (width × height × length) 
(excludes largest projection)
MassApprox. 2.1 kg
BD/ DVD drive
(read only)
BD × 6 CAV
DVD × 8 CAV
Input/ OutputSuper-Speed USB (USB 3.1 Gen1) port × 2 
AUX port × 1
Networking

Ethernet(10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T)×1

IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac

Bluetooth®v4.0

PowerAC 100-240V, 50/60Hz
Power consumptionMax. 165W
Operating Temperature5 ºC – 35ºC
AV outputHDMI™ out port (HDR output supported)

How do the PS4 Pro specs compare to its competition?

Below is a breakdown of the PS4 Pro specs vs Xbox One and also vanilla PS4

 

PS4

PS4 Pro

Xbox One

CPU

Eight Jaguar cores clocked at 1.6GHz

Eight Jaguar cores clocked at 2.1GHz

Eight Jaguar cores clocked at 1.75GHz

GPU

18 Radeon GCN compute units at 800MHz

36 improved GCN compute units at 911MHz

12 GCN compute units at 853MHz

Memory

8GB GDDR5 at 176GB/s

8GB GDDR5 at 218GB/s

8GB DDR3 at 68GB/s and 32MB ESRAM at max 218GB/s

 

As you can see, the specs clearly favor the PS4 Pro over the Xbox One.  A more accurate comparison for the PS4 Pro would actually be for Microsoft's new Project Scorpio.  It's rumored to be quite powerful, in fact more powerful than the PS4 Pro in many regards.  Off the official website for Project Scorpio, they mention True 4K Gaming, 6 Teraflops of power, 320 GB/s Memory bandwidth, and 8 CPU Cores.  However, this console isn't set to be released until the Holidays of 2017.

 

What is different and what is the same about PS4 Pro and PS4?

There are actually quite a few differences that people are not aware of. Subtle upgrades for streaming, Wifi, and new features on the updated DualShock 4.  With that being said, with updated consoles there are bound to be an abundance of similarities which made the console successful in the first place.  Below we have highlighted the changes and similarities between the PS4 Pro and the PS4.

Differences between PS4 Pro and PS4

  • Supported games on PS4 Pro will have a graphical and performance improvement. This is also applicable to PlayStation VR games.
  • 4K resolutions with 2160p, YUV420, and 2160p RGB.
  • Native 4K games, and 4K up-scaling of games with checkerboard rendering for games.
  • 4K video support for popular streaming services such as as Netflix and YouTube.
  • The overall design is different in the sense that an extra "layer" has been stacked on top making the dimensions larger (265×39×288 mm). The finish is similar to the PS4 slim with the light strip on the front of the device.
  • An updated DualShock 4 controller with a light strip on the touch pad. It also has USB and blue tooth capabilities.
  • Third USB 3.1 port on rear of console device
  • Standard 1TB hard drive space.
  • Streaming improvements - Remote Play up to 1080p on PC, Mac and Xperia and Share Play from PS4 Pro at 1080p.
  • Wifi Improvements - 5GB IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac supported (Also available on the new PS4).
  • Share improvements - 4K screenshots, 1080p video, 1080p YouTube streaming.

What has not changed between PS4 Pro and PS4

  • The PS4 games library has not changed. There are no PS4 Pro exclusive titles, so you'll be able to play your games across both platforms. There is a piece of software which runs a package which essentially identifies which console the game is on.
  • Further to the point above, games without PS4 pro support will run the exact same.
  • The peripheral support has not changed from the DualShock 4 to the PlayStation camera.
  • No PS4 Pro exclusive DLC or game features. There are leaks which indicate certain modes can be enhanced however.
  • Save data, Trophy case, PS4 account log-in compatibility will be unified between the PS4 Pro and regular PS4.
  • The user interface has not changed much either, but expect changes to come for PS4 Pro extra added features with HDR visual support.

Finally, one of the most important questions: How do games look on the PS4 Pro?

According to critics, the in-game improvements to games played on the PS4 Pro console will vary from title to title.  4K gaming and 4K entertainment have been received with positive reviews.

While it's true that the PS4 Pro lacks the horsepower to display native 4K, it uses other methods to compensate.  The PS4 Pro uses a technique which enhances the look of its native 1080p display.  A side-by-side comparison of the PS4 Pro and PS4 were remarkably different.  The increase in detail is very noticeable as HDR is described as adding extra detail to the additional resolution.

On standard HD TVs and monitors, the games on PS4 Pro will run at 1080p.  It will be up to the games developers to make enhancements to visuals from there.

What about 4K gaming on the PS4 Pro?

Again, the general consensus here is that it varies from game to game.  For example, early reports have shown that games such as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered experienced an increase in image quality and performance while running at 1620p. Other games such as Uncharted 4 seem to have no major performance upgrades .

The early complete list of PS4 Pro supported games:

  • Battlefield 1
  • Battlezone
  • Bound
  • Call Of Duty: Black Ops 3
  • Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered
  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
  • Dishonored 2
  • Driveclub VR
  • EA Sports FIFA 17
  • Firewatch
  • Helldivers
  • Hitman
  • Hustle Kings
  • inFAMOUS First Light
  • inFAMOUS Second Son
  • Knack
  • Mafia III
  • Mantis Burn Racing
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
  • NBA 2K17
  • Neon Chrome
  • Paragon
  • PlayStation VR Worlds
  • Ratchet & Clank
  • Rez Infinite
  • RIGS Mechanized Combat League
  • Rise Of The Tomb Raider
  • Robinson: The Journey
  • Smite
  • Super Stardust Ultra
  • The Elders Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited
  • The Elders Scrolls: Skyrim Special Edition
  • The Last Of Us Remastered
  • The Last Of Us: Left Behind
  • The Playroom VR
  • Thumper
  • Titanfall 2
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
  • Until Dawn: Rush of Blood
  • Viking Squad
  • Wheels of Aurelia
  • World Of Tanks
  • XCOM 2

 

Buy PS4 Pro Bundle with extra controller

If you're looking to buy a new PS4 Pro this holiday season, Amazon is currently selling a PS4 Pro bundle that comes with an extra controller.  One thing I cannot stress about owning a PS4 is that you NEED an extra controller.  The battery life on the DualShock 4's as we all know isn't great.  So to always have a controller charged and ready to go is pretty crucial.

 

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