Is the Playstation 4 Pro worth it? PS4 Pro vs PS4 Slim vs PS4 Original!

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What’s the deal with PS4 Pro?

In case you are behind the loop PS4 Pro is the latest and greatest console release for Playstation. It’s bigger, better, and packs better graphics! Does that mean you should run out and buy it right now? No. No it does not mean that. Let us help you decide whether Playstation 4 Pro is actually a good fit for you.

Let’s talk about money!

First let’s talk about the several different Playstation 4 models available right now: Playstation 4 original, Playstation 4 Slim, and Playstation 4 Pro.

Playstation 4 Original 

This is the best economic option as it sports the lowest price in addition to having many used/refurbished consoles that you can buy. Generally the original PlayStation 4 will cost from 200.00 USD to 300.00 USD depending on the condition, hard drive, and the bundle package (Which can push it past 300.00 USD).

Playstation 4 Slim

Financially this is the 2nd best (or worst) option. The Slim almost always costs 300.00 USD for 1TB, but often comes with bundles and extra goodies. This is the system that Playstation is pushing, but if you don’t care about a lighter, slimmer model then maybe just stick with the original.

Playstation 4 Pro

The most expensive Playstation 4 version starting at a raw price of 400.00 USD for 1 TB. Bigger and better than the original but also not cheap. The increase in GPU power may not even be worth the price unless you have a nice 4k television.

Spec Playstation 4 Original (Nov. 2013) Playstation 4 Slim (Sept.  2016) Playstation 4 Pro (Nov. 2016)
Price 200.00 – 300.00 USD 300.00 USD 400.00 USD

Ok, so how does the hardware compare?

Playstation 4 Pro, Playstation 4 Slim, Playstation 4 Original

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Generally speaking the PS4 Original takes more power than the PS4 Slim but they are pretty much the same. The PS4 Pro has upgraded hardware, better CPU, and GPU (Central Processing Unit, and Graphic Processing Unit, respectively). View below table for specifics!

Spec Playstation 4 Original (Nov. 2013) Playstation 4 Slim (Sept.  2016) Playstation 4 Pro (Nov. 2016)
GPU 1.84 TFLOPS, AMD Radeon™ 1.84 TFLOPS, AMD Radeon™ 4.20 TFLOPS, AMD Radeon™
CPU x86-64 AMD “Jaguar”, 8 cores x86-64 AMD “Jaguar”, 8 cores x86-64 AMD “Jaguar”, 8 cores
Hard drive 500GB 500GB, 1TB 1TB
HDR Support Yes Yes Yes
4k Support No No Yes
USB Version 2 – USB 3.0 2 – USB 3.0 3 – USB 3.1
Wi-Fi Capabilities IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 Ghz) IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 Ghz/5.0 Ghz) IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 Ghz/5.0 Ghz)
Bluetooth Version Bluetooth®v2.1 Bluetooth®v4.0 Bluetooth® 4.0 (LE)
Power Consumtion 250-watts Max 165-watts Max 310-watts Max
Mass 2.8kg (6.2 lb) 2.1kg (4.6 lb) 3.3kg (7.3 lb)

Basically you are paying for 4k support and slightly better graphics for only specific games that are PS4 Pro compatible. Speaking of which… what games are those?

The Best Playstation 4 Games for 4K!

Days Gone
Death Stranding
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
F1 2017
Final Fantasy XV
 Gran Turismo Sport
Horizon: Zero Dawn
Infamous: Second Son
Infamous: First Light
Madden NFL 18
Mass Effect: Andromeda
 NBA 2K18
 Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
The Last Guardian
The Last of Us: Left Behind
The Last of Us: Remastered
The Surge
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
The Witness
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
World of Tanks
Horizon: Zero Dawn
Assassins Creed: Origins
Shadow of Colossus
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
Rise of the Tomb Raider
Forza Motorsport 7
Dragonball Fighterz

Look at these Comparisons!

Playstation 4 Pro Comparison

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Playstation 4 Pro Comparison

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The Verdict

Playstation 4 Original – Buy this if you are on a price limit and do not own a 4k television.

Playstation 4 Slim – Buy this if you have limited space, transport your console around, or have problems with high powered devices.

Playstation Pro – Buy this if you have no spending limit or if you want the best graphical experience and have a 4k television.

That’s it folks!

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Chris Mumpton
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2 Comments on "Is the Playstation 4 Pro worth it? PS4 Pro vs PS4 Slim vs PS4 Original!"

  1. Excellent blog you have here but I was curious about
    if you knew of any community forums that cover the same topics discussed in this article?
    I’d really love to be a part of community where I can get opinions from other experienced individuals that share the same interest.
    If you have any recommendations, please let me know.

    Thanks a lot!

    • Thank you for your input and I’m glad you are enjoying the site the far! While doing research for this article I came across a lot of good info from Forbes. I don’t know about any community forums specifically for consoles and gaming hardware off hand but Gamespot has a great Playstation 4 Forum. Check out Playstation Nation:

      Also remember to come back and check out our new articles, and subscribe! We won’t spam you I promise.

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