The PS4 Pro, which had the working title of PS4 Neo in the past few months, will be released this week. This has lead many gamers to ask, “Should I buy this new console or not?”
If you’ve been asking yourself this question, here’s what you should know: the answer depends highly on your gaming needs, personal preferences, and budget. To help you decide, we’ve created a guide on why you should and shouldn’t get a PS4 Pro.
Reasons to Buy a PS4 Pro
If you’re a dedicated gamer who’s very particular about graphics, you’ll want to invest in a PS4 Pro. It’s designed to provide high-quality 4K and HD gaming experiences, especially for those who own a 4K TV. But, even if you don’t, you’ll still get to enjoy better-looking games; early reviewers who tested the PS4 Pro with non-4K TVs observed excellent image quality and more details.
Another reason to buy a PS4 Pro is the increase in performance over the original PS4. It comes with an 8-core x86-64 AMD Jaguar CPU, 8GB GDDR5 RAM, and an extra 1GB RAM for various applications — all of which combine to give the console up to 4.2 teraflops. These, in turn, make the PS4 Pro more than two times faster than its predecessor (theoretically, at least).
The new console also comes with 802.11ac Wi-Fi capability and supports 5 GHz networks, which means you’ll find it easy to download large games. Despite the fact that its faster components produce a lot of heat, the PS4 Pro is as quiet as (or even quieter than) the older PS4 models. This is great if you have sensitive ears and easily get irritated by fan noise.
Reasons NOT to Buy a PS4 Pro
Perhaps one of the biggest things that can put you off from buying the PS4 Pro is the price. At $399, it’s more expensive than the PS4 Slim by $100 — although the cost is justified by the Pro’s more advanced features like those listed above. Still, if you’re on a tight budget and aren’t really particular about image quality (nor obsessed with 4K graphics), you’ll want to consider older and cheaper PS4 models.
Another thing that might stop you from getting a PS4 Pro is the lack of content. As of this writing, there are only a handful of titles that are optimized specifically for the console, although this can change in the coming months. There’s also the matter of semantics: developers can claim that their games are “PS4 Pro Enhanced” without having to specify exactly how they have been enhanced. Are they rendered in 4K, or do they simply have faster frame rates with improved 1080p graphics? You’ll need to do your research to know the answer.
The Verdict: Should You or Shouldn’t You?
The PS4 Pro is an excellent investment if you’re a dedicated console gamer who has the budget. It will likely remain to be Sony’s flagship product for the next few years, so there’s no need to worry about the Pro getting overshadowed by a newer device. With 4K and HD graphics and faster clock speeds, coupled with the hope that more titles would be released soon, the PS4 Pro is definitely worth your time and money.