Sony has just announced its new line of consoles in its event last Sept. 7. During the said event, Sony unveiled the new Playstation 4?Pro and the update of the existing PS4 console, now called the PS4 Slim.
Come November, there will be three different models of the Playstation 4 in the market. Perhaps the biggest question is, which one do you buy?
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Below is a comparison table between types of PS4 consoles.
|Playstation 4 Comparison|
|Category||Playstation 4||Playstation 4 Slim||Playstation 4 Pro|
|CPU||8-core AMD Jaguar||8-core AMD Jaguar||8-core AMD Jaguar|
|GPU||AMD Radeon (1.84 TFLOP)||AMD Radeon (1.84 TFLOP)||AMD Radeon (4.2 TFLOP)|
|AV Out||HDMI 1.4||HDMI 1.4||HDMI 2.0|
|Wi-Fi||802.11 b/g/n||802.11 b/g/n/ac||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac|
|Maximum Power Consumption||250W||165W||310W|
|Dimensions||10.82in x 12.10in x 2.08in||10.43in x 11.34in x 1.54in||11.61in x 12.87in x 2.17in|
The most compelling differences between the PS4 and PS4 Slim are the dimensions, power consumption, and price. Performance wise, both consoles are pretty much the same. Gamers who currently own a PS4 need not upgrade to the Slim version as there is no difference between the two.
On the other hand, the PS4 Pro uses a much more advanced and powerful GPU. The PS4 Pro?s GPU is actually more than twice the performance of the existing and slim version of the PS4. Perhaps the most noticeable difference of the PS4 Pro is its ability to play 4K games. The Pro can also stream 4K videos.
Of all the three console versions, the Pro consumes most power. This is due to the updated GPU chip. As for storage, the Pro is limited to 1TB option. Meanwhile, the original and slim PS4 have the 500GB and 1TB options for storage. To this point, it is still unclear if the PS Pro will have the feature or ability to swap HDD.
As to which one to buy, for those who currently own the original console, there is no point upgrading to the slim version at all. An upgrade to the Pro version is only justifiable if the buyer already owns or have plans in owning a 4K television. If not, again, there is no point to upgrade.
Those who are in a tight budget but still want to enjoy console gaming, the PS4 Slim is the best option. However, If this will be your first console and money is not an issue, going for the PS4 Pro is the best bet. This offers consumers longevity and much more flexibility.
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