The PS4 Pro: Do You Need to Upgrade?

Whether or not to upgrade a gaming console can seem like a bizarre question. After all, with an often lengthy refresh cycle of around 7 years, by the time that the next generation console is ready to be released, technology has well and truly progressed.

However, the case for the PS4 pro is slightly different, in that it isn’t a full console refresh. Well, not the type that you would expect.

Breaking the cycle, Sony has squarely aimed the PS4 Pro to hard core gamers and those who enjoy living on the bleeding edge of technology. This aim is clear with the modest, yet beneficial upgrades which the gaming console receives. Let’s take a further look.

A 4K Upgrade. Or Is It?

Arguably the biggest upgrade to the system is the addition of native 4K resolution support. This means that if you simply must have all of your video games displayed in native 4K resolution then you need the PS4 Pro.

However, it also means that you need games which will play in native 4K and aren’t just upscaled.

That’s right – while the Pro system itself can handle 4K graphics, the majority of developers are still yet to join the bandwagon. And can you blame them? After all, a mid-cycle refresh wasn’t expected, coming as a surprise to developers and giving them little time to retool any games they have published or alter course for the ones they have in development.

This also goes for any apps that you may use on the system. Netflix, for example, will only work if you are subscribed to their 4K package and your internet connection can handle the bandwidth.

Let’s Look at the Specs

As impressive as the addition of 4K support is, it isn’t the only noticeable spec bump which the console received.

Up from a 1.6GHz CPU which powered the 2016 release of the PS4, the Pro edition features 2.1GHz CPU, keeping with the 8-core AMD Jaguar framework. Matched with a 4.2 TFLOPS AMD Radeon Graphics Card (up from the previous 1.84 TFLOP). Obviously, this is the upgrade which helps the system produce such beautiful 4K pictures at their native resolution.

If it’s peripherals that you’re looking to connect, you won’t find any USB 2.0 ports on this system. Instead, 3 USB 3.1 ports are present on the PS4 Pro, offering high 3.1 speeds along with offering backward compatibility for older USB 2.0 based devices.

Of course, connectivity doesn’t always take place with a cable. Whether you use your PS4 for online gaming or the browser to check out the latest deals on the Groupon Coupons page for Old Navy, if you are coming from the 2013 edition of the PS4 can you can expect the addition of the Wi-Fi AC standard along with compatibility to operate on the 5GHz network.

One small final spec note regards the storage space on the device. Where a PS4 could previously be purchased with only 500GB of storage, the PS4 comes in only options, 1TB. While that may strike people the wrong way who prefer to keep their storage minimal, many others are crying out that it isn’t enough, given that 4K assets take up considerably more storage space.

Well, there you have it! All of the major improvements which came along with the PS4 Pro. Whether or not you buy one is a decision only you can make. However, as excited as you likely are, it is important to remember that this console is merely a mid-cycle refresh, with a full refresh expected in the coming few years.