The PlayStation 4 Pro is Sony’s most powerful console ever released. In fact, the new AMD Polaris GPU inside the PS4 Pro is more than twice as fast as the PS4’s. It can not only play 4K HDR TV shows and movies, but 4K HDR games as well. For $399, do you think the PS4 Pro is worth it?
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The Sony PlayStation 4 Pro has officially arrived. Originally codenamed Neo, this is Sony’s latest and most powerful gaming console to ever be released. Not only can it output 4K HDR movies and TV shows but it can also output 4K HDR games, the first mainstream gaming console to do so. What that means is that you’re going to want to make sure you have a 4K HD TV before you even consider picking this console up for about $400.
And I will say this before you unbox and set this device up, the biggest disappointment with the PS4 Pro in my opinion is the lack of a 4K Blu-Ray player; which is present on the cheaper Xbox One S. The reason they didn’t include the 4K drive (from what I’ve read) was because there wasn’t enough space for it and Sony really just wants to focus strictly on games, not so much on entertainment which is what the Xbox had going for. I think that’s a poor excuse but I can’t complain too much because this is a gaming console and it can actually play 4K games.
So we can start the unboxing by slicing off the single piece of tape holding the top portion of the box holding it together and fold open the flaps. As with the PlayStation 4 Slim, which we recently unboxed, there is one big white box inside. And inside that box, is two smaller boxes or compartments. The first item is the PS4 Quick Start Guide, which we don’t really need to take a look at as I’ll walk you through the set up process. The smaller compartment features a power capable and a micro USB charging cable for charging the included DualShock 4 controller. Next we have an HDMI cable which is capable of outputting a 4K resolution and there is a PS4 DualShock 4 controller here as well.
Now we can pull out the PS4 Pro and remove all of the protective plastic and cardboard. We’ll see a design that is very reminiscent of a PlayStation 4 and/or PlayStation 4 Slim, just bigger in almost every single way. There’s an extra layer added to the console so instead of two layers, you now have three due to the extra hardware necessary to run 4K games. The very last items that actually fell out while getting access to the PS4 Pro here include a card that details some freebies associated with the PlayStation Plus subscription and some very inexpensive earphones for chatting with your friends. It’s good to see some freebies included in the box but chances are you’ll probably opt in for some higher quality buds.
So if we take a closer look at the PS4 Pro, we’ll see upfront between the layers is a disc drive that unfortunately cannot play 4K Blu-Rays. There’s also a very slim power and eject button underneath the disc drive. On the right hand side, we also have two USB ports, which are very close together unlike the PS4 Slim that are spread apart from one another. I definitely liked how they are nearby one another for aesthetic purposes. As for ports on the rear of the device, (from left to right) we have a power port, HDMI out port, auxiliary port, digital out or optical port, another USB port and a LAN or Ethernet port.
So like I said earlier, the setup process is very straightforward. After you connect your PS4 Pro to your TV and power it on, you’ll need to use the micro USB cable to connect your controller to the console. You’ll then need to select your language to begin setting up your internet connection, which in my case will be a wireless connection. You’ll be asked to connect to a PlayStation Camera if you have one. Then comes time to set the time and date. You will then need to adjust Power Save Settings to your liking but for the purpose of making this video more streamlined, I just decided to keep all the settings default. The very last thing you will need to do is accept the User Agreement. And from there, you will have completed the setup of the PlayStation 4 Pro. It’s that easy.
So the PS4 Pro costs $400 and does not include any games with your purchase. That means you’re going on to be spending around $460 with everything set and done, unless you have some PS4 games already or buy a game that isn’t terribly new or from a big developer. You can also take advantage of the free games with PlayStation Plus, which you do get a 14-day free trial of but does cost about $60 a year. It’s a pricey little console but that’s really what you can expect to see until 4K becomes more widely adapted.
With that said, I’m using the PS4 Pro on a 4K video TV and content looks great. It’s going to really depend on the game you are playing and whether it’s been updated to support the PS4 Pro is all it takes is a software update to improve the visuals. If you don’t have a 4K TV, you can still reap the benefits of the PlayStation 4 Pro as games will be able to render higher and more consistent frame rates. There’s increased environmental and character model detail, improved overall visual quality and other related visual enhancements. Do I recommend this console if you don’t have a 4K TV? No but there are some other benefits besides just the improved resolution.