There’s no doubt that the PlayStation 4 is one of the most popular home consoles of all time and certainly the most popular in recent years since its release back in 2013. Now there’s the PlayStation 4 Pro on the market but, with prices around the £350 mark, often more than £100 over what you can expect to pick up a regular 500GB PS4 for, is it worth the upgrade? With a plethora of technical upgrades and some impressive graphical capabilities, we think so. Here are ten reasons why you should upgrade to the PlayStation 4 Pro.
4K and HDR support
First of all, and probably most importantly, there’s the all important 4K and HDR support. Of course, this sounds impressive in terms of tech specs, but what does it actually mean? Well, it means more colours, a broader luminosity spectrum and immense graphic capabilities. This all adds up to dynamic lighting systems and a near infinite palette which allows for our gaming experiences to be more vibrant and true to life than ever. In game details such as fire and water look gorgeous and gone are the hardware limitations which dulled our games’ colours.
4K Digital Movies
All that 4K power isn’t just for gaming either. For owners of a 4K TV, this is where the PS4 Pro really begins to justify 4K capabilities in the home. Apps for streaming services such as Netflix and YouTube are also available in 4K, making movie nights with friends and family all the more exciting. Or it could just make catching up on the latest from your subscriptions that little bit more luxurious…
To run all that extra graphic tech, we need some more power and an upgraded GPU absolutely does the trick. With a bundle of tech upgrades under its hood, the PS4 Pro will really pack a punch when it comes to graphical fidelity, the likes of which have never been seen before on a home console.
But what good are all these graphic updates when you’ve already bought games for the original, less capable system? Problem solved. Many of our favourite old titles will be back and boasting enhanced 4K graphics. With titles such as Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End and Middle Earth: Shadows of Mordor among the many titles receiving graphical patches, you can enjoy your PlayStation 4 favourites on a whole new level.
Stunning Visuals, Amazing Games
And we haven’t even begun to consider what these graphical capabilities mean in terms of new games. Now that the PS4 Pro is offering up 4K possibilities, studios are now given the opportunity to create even better games with beautiful graphical detail. That means we can expect some really immersive gaming experiences in the years to come. With titles such as Days Gone, Assassin’s Creed Origins and Anthem all heading to the PS4 library soon, there’s no better way to experience these worlds than with the PlayStation 4 Pro.
With all these brilliant games set to release and the ones we already know and love being upgraded, where will we find all the space to store all that data? Well, with the PlayStation 4 Pro rocking 1 terabyte of storage, it should keep you going for a while without you having to worry about your games gobbling up all your precious RAM. Obviously, your big name games are going to take up some chunks, but on average, the Pro should be able to handle well over 25 reasonably sized games. That should tide you over till at least Christmas…
The Most Powerful Gaming Console Available
For first time buyers of the PlayStation, there’s also comparisons to consider. The PlayStation 4 Pro’s current rival, the Xbox One S, is currently no match for the Pro’s incredible horsepower. Boasting 4.14 teraflops of power over the Xbox One S’s 1.32, the Pro is clearly a more powerful machine. The PlayStation 4 Pro’s solution to upscaling to 4K is also much more finely tuned than the Xbox One S, with in depth software programming needed to achieve the detail, thus allowing for much better end results. Of course, Microsoft will take the crown in the near future with the release of the Xbox One X, however, it is unlikely to rival the PS4 Pro in many other areas.
The Best 4K Exclusive Games
Home console rookies may also want to consider the fact that the top ten best-selling games of 2016 are all playable on the PlayStation 4 Pro, so there’s no debate over who’s winning the console war in terms of software. The PlayStation 4 library also boasts some fantastic exclusives which will only look better if you choose to go Pro, including 2015’s game of the year Bloodborne; another title which has received performance updates for PS4 Pro players!
The Ultimate VR Experience
How could we talk about the PS4 Pro without mentioning PlayStation VR? Answer: we can’t. There’s lots of debate in the VR community over who has it best and, granted, PSVR isn’t the top dog of the Virtual Reality market. But, in terms of value for money, I’d say it’s a tough contender. Other VR kits could set you back upwards of £700, and that’s before you even consider the price you’d pay for a decent PC to run it on. PSVR headset stands at just over £300, and with the power of a PS4 Pro behind it keeping everything running smoothly, it could really give the competition a run for its money.
Speaking of money, when considering all these other reasons, the bigger price tag on the PS4 Pro (when compared to its predecessor) seems to pale into insignificance. For the small price increase, you’re getting a lot for your money. We think this is an exceptionally reasonable sacrifice to make when considering all the gaming possibilities of this powerful machine.
That concludes our ten reasons why you should pick up a PlayStation 4 Pro. With the Summer holidays fast approaching too, we think now is the perfect time to fall in love with your old favourites with gorgeous enhanced graphics, or start an entirely new adventure and delve into the vast library of games available to play on the PS4 Pro. Not to mention all those shiny new titles coming out later this year and next year! Now really is the time to snap one up and get playing! Will you buy the PS4 Pro? Be sure to leave your comments below.