At the PlayStation Meeting last week Sony officially revealed the long rumored PlayStation 4 Neo which is officially named PlayStation 4 Pro. The new, more powerful version of the PS4 will launch on November 10 this year and brings many cool new features to the console. Here are just a few of our reasons why you should pick a PlayStation 4 Pro up this November.
1. PlayStation 4 Pro Supports 4K Gaming and HDR
Probably the biggest reason why you should pick a PS4 Pro up is the fact that it supports both 4K gaming and has HDR support. Now while it is true that every PS4 has been patched with HDR support you’ll get the most out of it if you combine with with 4K games. The PS4 Pro is significantly better under the hood than the standard PS4 and developers are going to be able to use that extra power to run games at better resolutions. Some games will run at Native 4K such as Elder Scrolls Online and The Last of Us Remastered while others will upscale or do different things. It’s really up to each developer on how they use the extra power PS4 Pro provides.
Games running in 1080p like the standard PS4 will look better thanks to the HDR support as well. Having both HDR and 4K support guarantees that you’ll be ready for 4K whether you have a TV that supports it now or in the future.
2. It Improves the PlayStation VR Experience
If you’re one of those like me who is picking up a PlayStation VR in October than you’ll also benefit by picking up a PS4 Pro. This is because with that extra power the PS4 Pro will run your VR games better as well. It’s true that the PlayStation VR isn’t as strong as the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive but the PS4 Pro will help it further get close to those two platforms. These improvements include better and smoother framerates as well as better graphics. Now the PlayStation VR will still run great on the regular PS4 as we’ve seen from those who have played it but if you want the best experience PS4 Pro is the way to go.
3. PS4 Pro has a fantastic price point
When people started hearing the rumors about the PS4 Pro many assumed that the console would be pricey with some thinking it could cost $450-$499. Well Sony worked their magic and has come out with a very competitive price point set at $399. This is the same price the PS4 launched for back in 2013 and gives Sony a huge advantage with their upgraded console. For the same price as a 2TB Xbox One S, Sony is offering a machine that is around 4x better and supports 4K games, better VR support, HDR and 4K streaming.
Now while it doesn’t have a 4K blu ray drive which is disappointing you can still watch 4K content by streaming. Xbox One S also only runs games at a maximum 1080p (with some games such as Battlefield 1 running at far lower resolutions) and it then upscales those to 4K. That isn’t the same as PS4 Pro which is capable of higher resolutions than 1080p including some games that will run at 4K Native. At the end of the day it’s just a great price point for what you are getting.
4. You’re old games will look better
While PS4 Pro will let developers make their upcoming games look and run better some current PS4 games will also see improvements. Should a developer choose they will be able to patch their older games to use the new features of PS4 Pro. Some of these games include Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, Uncharted 4, Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor, Infamous Second Son and First Light and more. All of these games will make use of HDR support and could see framerate improvement or increased resolution. We’ve heard from people who have seen the difference between some of these games running on PS4 and PS4 Pro and they say the difference is night and day.
5. You’ll get the best versions of this Holidays new games.
Of course if you want the best console versions of this Holiday’s games PS4 Pro is where you will find them. Games such as Titanfall 2, Killing Floor 2, Battlefield 1, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Watch Dogs 2, and more have all been confirmed to be using the improvements that PS4 Pro is bringing. Whether that is HDR support or whatever you’ll find the best versions of all of them on PS4 Pro. Of course going forward more games will make use of it too such as Horizon: Zero Dawn, Spider Man, and Mass Effect Andromeda to name a few.
So there are just a few of our reasons why you should pick up a PS4 Pro this November. If you have a 4K TV, plan on getting a PlayStation VR, or just want better framerates for your 1080p games PS4 Pro has something for you at a great and competitive price point. Let us know in the comments if you’ll be picking up a PS4 Pro.