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PS4 Pro vs. PS4 Slim: Which Game Console Should You Buy?

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PS4 Slim is out and about, and Sony will roll out the PS4 Pro soon enough, so we pitted the two devices against one another so you know which one is the right purchase for you.

Technical Specs

This is probably the major gap between the PS4 Slim and the PS4 Pro. The PS4 Slim carries pretty much identical hardware with the original PS4 and packs it in a revamped, sleeker case that makes use of an updated controller.

In case you need a reminder, here are the standard PS4 specs: an octo-core CPU clocked at 1.6 GHz, 8 GB of GDDR5 RAM running at 176 GB/s, an HDD of 500 GB and a GPU from AMD Radeon, clocked at 800 MHz and capable of delivering 1.84 teraflop.

Sony says the PS4 Pro will bring 1 TB of storage space and double boosted GPU power (4.20 teraflop), with graphics tech inspired by AMD's Polaris architecture.

Both console variants will play nice with the PlayStation VR, but the PS4 Pro will make most of it due to enhanced graphical and processing power.

While the PS4 Slim features no support for 4K, the PS4 Pro can render games in the high resolution standard. What is more, it allows for 4K streaming as well. It should be noted that in order to experience the full 4K awe, gamers need to plug the console into a 4K TV.

Controller

The PS4 Pro and PS4 Slim are making use of the same controller, which is a slight improvement over the classic PS4 one.

Since PS4 Slim, the DualShock 4 features a light bar on the front. Thanks to it, players are always aware which color they are rocking without having to flip their controller over. A visual tweak in the form of gray paint and matte finish for the panels behind the face buttons are also visible in the new DualShock 4.

Price And Availability

Sony delivered a massive surprise when it announced the prices for the two consoles. Fans of PlayStation will have an upper hand over Xbox fans, as both the PS4 Slim and PS4 Pro sit below the cost of a new Xbox Project Scorpio.

The PS4 Slim asks customers to shell out $299.99. In comparison, those who want to get extra storage space and processing oomph from the PS4 Pro need to spend $399.99.

The PS4 Slim is already available from major retailers, as well as from Sony's official store, starting Sept. 15.

Gamers looking to make a more solid investment in a PS4 Pro must wait until Nov. 10.

Conclusion

The PS4 Pro is at the top of Sony's game, and most users who own 4K-ready TV sets might want to upgrade their console. The PS4 Slim remains a more affordable alternative, but it may soon be left behind by the competition.

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