PS4 Pro: What is in Store?


PlayStation has gained so much fame that its predecessors are simply known by the acronym “PS”.  Indeed, the developers have much to live up to when we consider that they truly revolutionised the gaming industry during the early 2000s.  It is interesting to note that the majority of reviews claim that the PS4 Pro is simply a PC-based game within a smaller console-sized box?  If this is indeed the case, what can we expect to enjoy, what are some of the major upgrades and are there any drawbacks associated with this model?  Let’s take a closer look.

The Design and Ports

There really is not much of a difference in terms of design between the PS4 and the PS4 Pro.  The Pro is constructed of plastic as opposed to partial composites while the touch-sensitive controls have been replaced for plastic options.  Although this enables the user to know when certain features are activated, we have to wonder if some will view this as a slight regression.  

In the same respect, not too much has changed when we turn the console around.  HDMI, Internet, digital audio and camera ports are still present.  However, the one notable upgrade is that the HDMI port now supports 4K resolution and the WiFi chip has been enhanced to 802.11ac; an obvious advantage in terms of speeds.  Also, the 4K support is great for those who are hoping to play games on televisions which support this level of definition.

Processing Power

Besides what can only be called ultra-high-definition capabilities, there are some other differences with the PS4 Pro.  Standard digital network cables enable you to easily transfer data between other PS4 systems although it is also possible to sign into the PSN Network to download and save games in progress.

Standard memory is equivalent to one terabyte.  Although this may sound like a lot, let us keep in mind that the average game size is around 50 megabytes.  So, many users will be looking to upgrade this capacity.  This is not an issue, for it is much easier to change out an existing hard disk drive while an SSD drive can be installed for those who are looking for cutting-edge processing speeds.

Media Playback

Although the main points of the PS4 Pro revolve around the truly incredible levels of high-definition gaming, the fact of the matter is that this unit is not without its drawbacks.  The most prominent tends to be that there is no 4K Blu-Ray drive found within the unit (unlike the Xbox One S).  The reasoning behind this move was that the majority of users are now downloading media files as opposed to purchasing disks.  Still, we have to wonder if this was more of a budgetary issue as opposed to a pragmatic step.  However, most owners of 4K televisions are not likely to be overly bothered; Netflix already supports 4K resolution and there are eve rumours that the majority of YouTube videos are headed in this direction.

Putting it All Together

All in all, we can view the PS4 as a slight step up from the standard PS4 version.  Some of the main advantages are:

  • 4K HDMI capabilities
  • The ability to upgrade hard drive space.

A handful of drawbacks for fans of the PlayStation franchise still might be:

  • A rather “cheap” plastic feel.
  • No Blu-Ray disc reader.

These are some of the most important points to keep in mind if you are purchasing this unit or comparing it to its counterparts.