The video game console as we’ve known it for decades is starting to look a little old-fashioned. In the past, you’d buy a game console and keep it for five to seven years until the next generation of hardware emerged, at which point you’d graduate to a new console. But now we live in a world where phones and graphics cards get updates much faster than that. That’s why Sony and Microsoft are breaking with tradition and releasing hardware updates like the PlayStation 4 Pro much earlier than in the past.
Ever since Sony announced the PlayStation 4 Pro, gamers have had a big question hanging over their head: Should they buy the more powerful PS4 Pro, or go with the more affordable PlayStation 4 Slim? Complicating matters further are the roughly 45 million original PS4s in play. Should someone who already has a PS4 upgrade to a PS4 Pro?
Initially, the sound advice seemed to be that you didn’t need a PS4 Pro unless you had a 4K television to take advantage of its graphical power. But now that a number of Pro-compatible games have come out, and some older games have gotten updates to take advantage of the new hardware, that advice doesn’t seem so clear cut.
Let’s take a look at the differences between how the games actually play on the standard PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 4 Slim (which have the same specs), and the more powerful PlayStation 4 Pro.