Unfortunately, choosing between PS4 Pro and PS4 Slim is still a relevant decision. With Sony barely able to keep up with the demand for PS5 consoles, many gamers are better off sticking with the latest generation of PlayStation for a while longer. So if this is the choice you have to make, which one do you choose?
The $299 PS4 Slim (now known simply as the PS4) replaced the original model with a slightly scaled-down design. The $399 PS4 Pro is a 4K entertainment machine that can play games and movies in ultra-high resolution.
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Now that the PS5 is out, these two consoles may seem outdated. However, there aren’t many next-gen games available yet, plus PS5s are very hard to come by right now. We also recently heard that Sony is continuing PS4 production for longer than expected to try to meet the demand for consoles.
Read on for the difference between the PS4 Pro and PS4 Slim, so if you’re also sick of not having a PS5, you’ll know which backup option to go for.
PS4 Pro vs PS4 Slim: características
The PS4 Slim is the updated version of the standard PS4, with a design that Sony claims is 30% smaller, 16% lighter and uses 30% less power than the launch model. So unless you really need those extra few inches of space, people who already have a PS4 have virtually no reason to buy the Slim.
However, at $299, the Slim is the cheapest barrier to entry for aspiring PS4 owners who want to play Ghost of Tsushima or Death Stranding. Also, the Pro won’t do you much good if you don’t have a good TV with 4K compatibility, so if you don’t already have a 4K TV or don’t have the budget to buy one, go with the Slim.
If you don’t already own a PS4, have a 4K TV, and can afford to spend a bit more, you should definitely go for the PS4 Pro. For $100 more, you get a console capable of playing games and streaming movies in 4K resolution.
So should current PS4 owners upgrade to Pro? That is a more difficult decision. The ever-growing list of PS4 Pro Enhanced Games includes Red Dead Redemption 2, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Horizon: Zero Dawn, Uncharted 4, and Destiny 2, so it all depends on what you play and how much you want to see those games in brilliant 4K. Naturally, due to its extra power, the PS4 Pro is noticeably thicker than the PS4 Slim, which you might notice if you’re trying to fit it under your TV or in a cramped cubbyhole.
PS4 Pro vs. PS4 Slim: PlayStation VR y HDR
The PlayStation VR headset works on any PS4, though you’ll get the smoothest VR experience possible on Pro when immersing yourself in games like Tetris Effect and Resident Evil 7.
Both PS4 and PS4 Pro support High Dynamic Range for richer, brighter colors on compatible TVs. So whether or not your display of choice can use HDR won’t make a difference to your purchase decision.
PS4 Pro vs. PS4 Slim: game library
One thing you won’t have to consider when choosing your PS4 is the selection of games. All current and future PS4 games work on PS4, PS4 Slim and PS4 Pro; the only difference is that they can look a bit prettier in Pro. That means you’ll be able to play great exclusives like Spider-Man, God of War, and Uncharted 4, as well as third-party blockbusters like Assassin’s Creed Odyssey and Call of Duty: Modern. Warfare, no matter which console you choose.
PS4 Pro vs. PS4 Slim: What about the PS5?
If you’re debating between PS4 and PS4 Pro, you might also be wondering if you should get a PS5. The next generation of PlayStation is more powerful, offers new features such as its large number of haptics Controlador DualSense and 3D audio and comes with some new exclusive games. But it is more expensive and difficult to buy due to the ridiculously high demand. Also, it probably won’t develop on its own for another year or two, once developers have become familiar with making games for the system.
Arguably, it’s better to buy the PS4 Slim now because it’s cheaper, leaving you with more money for the PS5 when you feel like buying one. However, now that Sony has ended production on most PS4 models, you can agree to wait for the PS5 to become available again.
PS4 Pro vs. PS4 Slim: Conclusión
Overall, the PS4 Slim is a good budget buy, while the PS4 Pro is a good choice for gamers with 4K TVs who want the best experience available. That is, if you want a PlayStation right now. Waiting for the PS5 might be a good idea if you want to make a bigger, albeit more expensive, investment in long-term gaming enjoyment.
You also shouldn’t forget about Microsoft’s deals, even if you consider buying a non-Sony console blasphemous. There’s the $249 Xbox One S, which has a 4K Blu-ray player and offers HDR gaming, as well as the $499 Xbox One X, which offers even more 4K power than the PS4 Pro, even though it costs more. Then there is Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, the next generation Xbox consoles. Like the PS5, they’re more expensive and harder to find than previous models, but they’ll have a longer shelf life overall.
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