Buyers Guide: Sony PS4 vs. PS4 Pro

Back in 2016, Sony launched the mid-life upgrade to its popular PS4 console. It not only introduced the PS4 Slim which essentially packed similar features in a much smaller footprint, but also introduced the PS4 Pro. PS4 Pro boasted a significant upgrade for enthusiast gamers. To begin with, it promised to deliver 4K gaming with High Dynamic Range (HDR). Furthermore, a number of existing titles were said to get updates in order to support 4K playback. This took the console gaming on a spin as it was going to be the first gaming console capable of 4K gaming.

Differences between PS4 and PS4 Pro

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Talking about the difference in physical size, PS4 Pro is about 20% bigger than the original PS4. Its dimensions are 29.5 x 32.7 x 5.5 cm as compared to original PS4’s 27.5 x 30.5 x 5.3 cm. However, the difference in weight between original PS4 and PS4 Pro is negligible. Hence, it shouldn’t be a deal breaker.

Talking Teraflops and Performance

 Sony took a great pride in announcing the exponential increase in the Teraflops of PS4 Pro over the original PS4. In essence, Teraflops is the measure of computing performance, hence, higher the better. However, in order to see a real difference, other components should be taken into account as well. For instance, PS4 Pro has similar memory as the original PS4 i.e. 8GB GDDR5, however, it has an extra 1GB of memory reserved for non-gaming applications and processes, making it easier to multi-task.

Apart from its efficient GPU, the PS4 Pro also has a faster CPU which is clocked at 2.1GHz instead of original PS4’s 1.6GHz. It’s also compatible with dual band Wi-Fi for steady connections for online gaming. Hence, all these features, makes it a much better console than its original counterpart.

 What is HDR? Why does it matter?

High Dynamic Range (HDR) is basically a tool to make the picture brighter, vibrant and life-like. Overall the range of contrast between dark and bright levels is enhanced. It makes a huge difference as it provides a more immersive experience and details of the surroundings. Many games like Battlefield 1, Fifa 2017 & 2018 have been updated to support 4K HDR and they look phenomenal on a HDR-supported TV like the Sony’s 4K HDR TV.

Should you get a PS4 or PS4 Pro?

Whilst PS4 is a very capable gaming console, it has started to show its age. With new titles becoming larger than life and utilizing every possible processing unit, it is better to go for the PS4 Pro. Even if you don’t have a 4K or HDR TV, PS4 Pro performs smoothly and multi-tasking is a breeze. It’s a good way of future-proofing your gaming hardware. However, if you are tight on budget then PS4 Slim is also a decent buy and costs $100 less than its Pro counterpart. YourTechDose recommends PS4 Pro over PS4!



Xbox One X: Your Next Gaming Console?

Microsoft has just unveiled the latest generation of Xbox, called Xbox One X, this was previously code named as the Project Scorpio. At the E3 conference last night, the tech giants also unveiled over 40 new game titles which will be coming soon to the new console.

Let’s talk about the main features first. It now offers

  • 6-Teraflops of graphical processing power, for reference, the PS4 Pro has 4.2 Teraflops whereas the Class Leading GTX 1080 GPU has a 8.9 Teraflops of graphical power. In terms of performance, it is capable of running 4K games at 60 FPS.
  • An 8-core CPU clocked at 2.3GHZ with a 12GB of GDDR5 RAM, which would definitely make the overall processing much smoother than before.
  • 1 TB of storage comes standard as well. Considering it will be running 4K games, so 1 TB is definitely an improvement over the original Xbox one’s 500 GB HDD
  • Backward compatibility with all the Xbox games is definitely a great feature for all the Xbox enthusiasts.

Some Interesting Facts about Xbox One X

  • In order to keep the temperatures under control, it uses an advanced liquid-cooled vapor-chamber cooling solution. It is a much more sophisticated cooling solution and is used in the high-end GPUs like GTX 1080.
  • Despite being the most powerful Xbox, the new Xbox One X has the smallest foot print than all its predecessors. Definitely, a commendable job done by the Microsoft engineers!
  • It will be the first console capable of processing 4K games at 60 FPS. For folks who haven’t upgraded their displays to 4K yet, they will also experience a clearer and smoother gaming experience due to its superior performance.

Value for Money?

Xbox One X launches on November 7th at a retail price of $499 in the US. This is $100 more than its prime competitor, PS4 Pro, which is also capable of 4K gaming but at 30FPS. Unlike the PS4 Pro, the Xbox One X would have backward compatibility with all the previous titles, however all the titles are also available on Windows PC as well. In a nutshell, if you don’t want to spend on a PC and are a die-hard fan of Xbox exclusive titles, then the new Xbox One X is definitely for you! Otherwise, in terms of specs, right now it is quite hard to justify the $100 premium on the Xbox One X.