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Should you upgrade to PS4 Pro with PlayStation 5 being a year away?

Published: 08:27, 25 November 2019
Updated: 08:29, 25 November 2019
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With PlayStation 5 being released next year, we tackle the question of whether it still makes sense to upgrade to Sony's current flagship - the PlayStation 4 Pro.

Back in 2017, we made a guide on which PlayStation 4 you should buy given that you have a choice between the standard PS4, PS4 Slim and PS4 Pro. Sony are well known to release three different versions of their flagship console, and naturally, the PS4 Pro is by far the strongest of the bunch with its superiour hardware.

Now that the standard PS4 is over six years year old, and the Pro having celebrated its third birthday a few weeks ago, there's been some debate floating around as to whether the most powerful edition of the PS4 is worth upgrading to at this point with PlayStation 5 releasing next year.

Even though we don't have the official list of hardware specs that Sony's next-gen console is going to be packing under its hood, we do know that it will be quite a beast based on all the things we've heard so far. Extremely fast loading times thanks to the power of SSD storage, backwards compatibility, AMD based hardware and a bunch of other confirmed info make one thing abundantly clear - Sony are set to deliver a truly outstanding console gaming experience with PlayStation 5.

So, with PS5 coming next year, what about the PS4 Pro? Is it still worth buying or upgrading to at this point? The answer to this question is not exactly as straightforward as you might think, so let's break it down.

First off, if you don't own a single console at the moment, and the world of Sony's exclusive games is the one most appealing to you, then by all means, get yourself a PS4 Pro as it is the absolute best way to experience all the goodness the Japanese giant has to offer at the moment.

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While the Pro may be advertised as a 4K gaming system, it does not mean that 4K resolution is its only benefit. The supercharged console offers superiour performance across the board, especially in the FPS department.

There are numerous titles out there, such as God of War for example, that offer the PS4 Pro exclusive option of choosing between crisper visuals or higher frames per second. Another upside of the Pro is a feature called Boost Mode which enables older PS4 titles that never received proper PS4 Pro support to run at higher and more stable FPS. So even if you don't own a 4K TV, buying the PS4 Pro as your first PlayStation 4 console makes all the sense in the world.

However, if you do own a standard PS4 or PS4 Slim, we strongly suggest that you do not spend any additional money on upgrading to the Pro, as it is simply not a very rational thing to do with PlayStation 5 being essentially right around the corner. Besides, if you don't care much about the 4K resolution and occasional drops in FPS aren't gamebreaking to you, then you have virtually no reason to spend money on the upgrade.

Also, since all PlayStation 4 versions share the same library of games, not having the PS4 Pro doesn't mean that you're missing out on any exclusive titles. So whether you have the standard PS4, PS4 Slim or PS4 Pro, you can still play every single PlayStation 4 game with the only difference being in the performance and graphics department.

Sony Picture of PlayStation 4 Pro designed to resemble Kratos' runic axe from the new God of War. PlayStation 4 Pro - God of War edition

But, if you do already own a PlayStation 4, and you're still utterly adamant on upgrading just because you want the current best of Sony, then we recommend that you at least go for the newest edition of the PS4 Pro that features improved ventilation and far less fan noise. It is a known fact that the PS4 Pro is not exactly the quietest machine out there, so going for the improved version would most definitely be your best bet.

This new version is part of the CUH-7200 series, so make sure to look out for that specific model number if you're in the US. If you're in Europe however, the CUH-7216B is what you'll want, so make sure to scan the box, or the console itself carefully before purchasing.

So, let's sum this all up real quick: if you do not own a PlayStation 4 yet, and you don't want to miss out on its genuinely fantastic library of games - buy a PS4 Pro and fully immerse yourself in the world of Horizon Zero Dawn, God of War, Uncharted 4 and many other great titles. But if you already own one of the other two editions of the PS4, then save your money and wait for the holiday season of 2020 and make PlayStation 5 your next console upgrade.

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