It’s the moment which all gamers love and dread at the same time. On the one hand, they are getting a mid-cycle hardware refresh with the introduction of Sony’s PlayStation 4 Pro. This means upgraded internals enable the console to take full advantage of 4K gaming. This is arguably the biggest advancement in gaming consoles to ever occur mid product cycle.
Of course, on the other hand, there is your wallet which currently has a limited amount of money inside it. How much it weighs depends on how much you NEED to buy the new PS4 Pro.
If you’re stuck in the middle and are hovering your mouse over the buy button on the Groupon Coupons page for Origin, and are looking for some information to help you decide, you’ve come to the right place. Let’s take a look at the key differences and use cases.
When it comes to the gaming experience, the real wins come from increases in the performance of the Graphics Processing Unit (GPU). This is the chip which is responsible for all of the 3D effects and graphics in the games.
Inside the PlayStation 4 (released 2016), sits 1.84 TFLOPS AMD Radeon chip. As you can tell from your current gaming experience, this is more than enough to drive solid 1080p HD alongside true 7.2 surround sound.
So consider the level of graphic performance you can expect from a 4.2 TFLOP Radeon Chip, such as the one which sits inside the PlayStation 4 Pro. You’re reading that correctly. That’s more than double the graphics processing power that’s sitting inside your current PS4, now.
Now, before you decide on that alone, it’s important to remember that there are very few games which currently take advantage of this processing power. While there will be games to come which will soon max out these processors, as it stands right now, your options are somewhat limited.
If physics and artificial intelligence in games are important to you, then you will be pleased to know that the PlayStation 4 Pro includes an improved Central Processing Unit (CPU), clocking in at a smooth 2.1GHz, thanks to an 8-core AMD Jaguar chipset.
When it comes to memory, there is a 1-gigabyte increase for non-gaming related tasks such as streaming apps and browsing the web. The standard size of the RAM stays the same at 8GB, the ram included in the PS4 Pro runs at a higher speed.
As for connectivity, apart from an additional USB port, all of the same wi-fi radios are there, along with Bluetooth 4.0.
Of course, at the end of the day, all of these all add up to one major thing – on the games which are designed to take advantage of the PS4 Pro’s power, you will definitely feel a noticeable improvement in your gaming experience. If you just plan on sticking with the games that you have until more games become available, then it might be worth waiting until the price reduces.