PS4 Pro vs. PS4: Which PlayStation is Right For You?

Sony currently offers two versions of the PlayStation 4, and while they both look like elegant high-tech hamburgers, they're actually pretty different.

The $299 PS4 Slim (which is now simply known as PS4) replaced the original model with a slightly shrunk-down design. The $399 PS4 Pro is a 4K entertainment machine that can play games and movies in ultra-high resolution. So which one should you buy?

The PS4 Slim is the official replacement of the standard PS4, with a design that Sony says is 30 percent smaller, 16 percent lighter and consumes 30 percent less power. So unless you really need those few inches of extra space, folks who already own a PS4 have virtually no reason to buy the Slim.

At $299, however, the Slim is the cheapest barrier of entry for aspiring PS4 owners who want to play some Uncharted 4 or Horizon: Zero Dawn. Also, the Pro won't do you much good if you don't have a 4K television, so if you're on an extra-tight budget, go with the Slim.

If you don't have a PS4 yet, own a 4K television and can spend a little more, you should absolutely go for the PS4 Pro. For $100 more, you get a console capable of playing games and streaming movies in 4K, complete with HDR support for extra-rich colors on supported TVs.

The PS4 Slim (Left) and PS4 Pro (Right). Photo: Mike Andronico/Tom's GuideThe PS4 Slim (Left) and PS4 Pro (Right). Photo: Mike Andronico/Tom's Guide

So should existing PS4 owners upgrade to the Pro? That's a tougher call. Existing games such as Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Resident Evil 7 and Mass Effect: Andromeda are be 4K-optimized for the Pro, so your older games may get a bit of new life on Sony's new console. While the PlayStation VR headset works on any PS4, you'll get the smoothest virtual reality experience possible on the Pro. 

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One thing you won't have to factor in when choosing your PS4 is game selection. All current and upcoming PS4 games will work on PS4, PS4 Slim and PS4 Pro — the only difference is they might look a little prettier on the Pro.

All in all, the PS4 Slim is a good budget buy, while the PS4 Pro is a wise choice for gamers with 4K televisions who want the very best experience available. You also shouldn't forget about Microsoft's Xbox One S, which is the only current console with a 4K Blu-ray player and offers some neat extras like HDR gaming.

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  • NEO_2_
    What I want to know is. If I buy a PS4 Pro? In 1080p will it look the same as a Ps4/Ps4slim? Because from what I'm reading is that the Pro version is just to support 4k resolution. So if you plug a Ps4 Pro into a 1080p tv will it give me a benifit?
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  • NEO_2_
    If I plug a Ps4 Pro into a 1080p tv? What benefit will I have vs a ps4 slim?
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  • Bruno_23
    It will not run games in 4k, it can stream video but not games. Thus comes the HDR, "it's almost 4k".
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