Sony PlayStation 4 Pro

88
Engadget
Score
88

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

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Sony's PlayStation 4 Pro is a perfect way to show off your 4K TV

Summary

The PlayStation 4 Pro is the most powerful home console yet, though you’ll need a 4K/HDR TV to truly take advantage of it. If you already have a PS4 and are stuck with a 1080p, you can wait before upgrade.

from $426.99+
Pros
  • Best graphical performance in a console.
  • Your existing games will get upgraded for free.
  • Makes PS VR much smoother.
Cons
  • Not a huge upgrade for existing PS4 owners with 1080p TVs.
  • No 4K Blu-ray drive.
  • You’ll have to wait for games to get patched to take advantage of it.
Sony's PlayStation 4 Pro is a perfect way to show off your 4K TV

The PlayStation 4 Pro is a new breed of console. It's not going to replace the original system. Instead, it's meant to tide over gamers who've upgraded to new 4K TVs with fancy high-dynamic-range (HDR) lighting features. It's a more significant step up than the Xbox One S, which is mostly centered around upscaling 4K content, but it'll compete directly with Microsoft's bigger console upgrade, Project Scorpio, next year. Welcome to the new era of gaming systems, which is beginning to resemble the world of PC games with a multitude of minor upgrades, rather than completely new system generations. (Nintendo, ever the iconoclast, is trying to do something both new and traditional with the Switch.)

There's no doubt that the $399 PlayStation 4 Pro is the closest we've gotten to high-end PC-quality graphics on a home console. But the thing is, it's not going to be a major upgrade for existing PS4 owners. And to really see the benefits of its faster hardware, you'll have to wait for games to get upgraded. At the very least, though, it's a welcome reward for anyone who's held off on buying a PlayStation 4 until now.

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Scores

Engadget

88
 

Breakdown

Game library
8.0
Graphics
9.2
Controller(s)
8.0
Design and form factor
8.0
Other features (media, online, etc.)
8.0
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Specs

PlayStation

Game format
Optical disc, Downloadable
Backward compatible
no
Controller type
Wired, Wireless
Motion controls
yes
Video outputs
HDMI
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Specs

PlayStation

Game format
Optical disc, Downloadable
Backward compatible
no
Controller type
Wired, Wireless
Motion controls
yes
Video outputs
HDMI
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