PS4 Pro review

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It's perhaps not the best though, with Microsoft's Xbox One X giving it some very stiff competition as the best console currently available (it does pack in significantly more power under the hood).

Before the PS4 Pro, all of Sony's new gaming consoles were a clean break from their predecessors, but with this and the PS4 Slim, we're talking about smaller steps forward from the original PlayStation 4.

We're not talking about a PlayStation 5 then, but there are some significant upgrades over the previous PS4 to mention: the biggest is support for new technologies, such as 4K and HDR, enabling you to use the newest TVs to their full capabilities.

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It might be easiest to compare the PS4 Pro to a new iPhone model – hands-down shinier, faster and prettier than last year's version, but it's not a totally different type of device.

So while there's no dispute that the PS4 Pro is the best gaming machine Sony has ever put together, with 4K HDR capabilities and higher frame rates, it's not necessarily worth the upgrade if you have an older PlayStation 4 at home.

Do you own a 4K TV, or will you be buying one soon? What about a PlayStation VR headset? How important do you find higher frame rates and 500GB of extra storage? Your answers to those questions will help you decide if you want to upgrade.

If you don't yet have a PS4 console, then the PS4 Pro gives you those 4K capabilities (on some titles) and extra power over the PS4 Slim, in return for paying a bit more money. As we've said though, the same games work on both consoles.

You should also note that Sony's system has a few deficiencies in the home entertainment department: particular in not having an Ultra HD Blu-ray player installed. If that's important to you, you might need to look elsewhere.

The game library on the PS4 is of course very solid, with the likes of PlayStation Vue, PlayStation VR and PlayStation Now emerging since its launch. We'll talk later about how these systems continue to shape the platform, and help make the PlayStation 4 a fantastic choice for gamers.

When Sony first unveiled the PS4 Pro, there were jokes that the system felt like two PS4s stacked on top of one another, but the second you pull the system from the box that observation becomes less of a joke and more a fair observation.

Compared to the original PS4's 27.5 x 30 x 5.3 cm package, the PS4 Pro takes up a bit more shelf space at 29.5 x 32.7 x 5.5 cm (W x L x H). It's both a little wider and a little taller than the original PS4, and a fair bit heavier, too (though unless you carry your console around a lot, that's unlikely to matter).

Another design difference is the silver PlayStation logo that sits in the center of the top surface, adding a nice touch of elegance. The PS4 Pro also uses a bulkier female connector on its power cable to draw more power, instead of the generic two-prong cable Sony has traditionally supplied with every PS4.

On the front of the console, you might notice that there are no touch-capacitive buttons: Sony has decided to ditch the accident-prone pads for more traditional plastic buttons, but they do the job just the same.

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