Categories: Hardware

PS4 original vs. PS4 Slim vs. PS4 Pro – Which PS4 version should you buy?

Any gamer looking to buy the latest gaming console from Sony is sure spoilt of choice. The most recent Sony gaming console comes in three versions; the original PlayStation 4, the slim PlayStation 4, and new PlayStation 4 Pro. So which PS4 console should you get?

That’s a somewhat complicated question because the answer would be; it depends on what you are looking for. That said, let’s dissect each of the three gaming consoles and see what lies under the hood. From there, you will be on better grounds to make your decision.

Category Original PS4 (2013) PS4 Slim (2016) PS4 Pro
GPU AMD Radeon (1.84 TFLOP) AMD Radeon (1.84 TFLOP) AMD Radeon (4.2 TFLOP)
CPU AMD Jaguar 8-core (x86-64) AMD Jaguar 8-core (x86-64) AMD Jaguar 8-core (x86-64)
Storage 500GB/1TB 500GB/1TB 1TB
Optical Out Yes No Yes
Dimensions 10.83inx12.01inx2.08in 10.43inx11.34inx1.54in 11.61inx12.87inx2.17in
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n (2.4GHz) 802.11b/g/n (2.4GHz+5GHz) 802.11b/g/n (2.4GHz+5GHZ)
AV out AV/HDMI 1.4 HDMI 1.4 HDMI 2.0
Power consumption 250w 165w 310w
4K Streaming No No Yes
USB 2 USB 3.0 2 USB 3.0 3 USB 3.0
PSVR support Yes Yes Yes (Enhanced)
Price $259 $269 $399


Original PS4 vs. PS4 Slim

According to Sony, the biggest difference between the original PS4 and the PS4 Slim is the power consumption. The company claims the latter draws a maximum of 165 watts, but independent reviewers claim the original PS4 draws (on average) maximum power of 150w. That is at its heaviest gameplay sessions.

Original PS4 vs. PS4 Pro

Sony fitted the CPU and GPU a little more than twice in performance in the PS4 Pro. The console also comes with an updated HDMI standard in the PS4 Pro. However, there is not much difference in performance to write home about; though games that struggle to maintain 30fps or 60fps on the original PS4 will run smoothly on the PS4 Pro when the console is set to ‘boost mode.’

PS4 also comes with 4K video streaming and improved graphics on supported titles. That means game developers will start issuing two version of the same titles; one for the high-quality graphics for PS4 Pro gaming. Such titles will bear the PS4 Pro Enhanced logo on their box.

You may be interested to note that not only are most new PS games being made to support the Enhanced ability for PS4 Pro, but older titles are being upgraded and released to look better on the new console.

Felix Omondi

Kenyan citizen with a passion for writing for as long as I can remember. In my spare time, I like to blog and read up on trends that's happening around the world.

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