Versus: PS4 Pro vs PS4: What's the difference?


After a long wait, we finally have an official announcement from Sony that the new PS4 Pro – what the company originally codenamed Neo – exists, and is coming soon.

The console features 4K output alongside high dynamic range playback capabilities and upgraded internals components that will help games run smoother with even more details. To that end, developers will be able to start creating games with two modes – PS4 base mode, and “Pro Mode” – that is more taxing and power-consuming than the original system can handle.

After digesting what the new console is capable of – highly detailed 4K/HDR gameplay, Ultra-HD media streaming from apps like Netflix and the new Pro Mode – we compared it to the system we have at home on our shelves.

So, how does the new console compare to the existing PS4 we all know and love? That’s what we’re about to find out.

PS4 Pro

Appearance

The most obvious difference between the original PS4 and the PS4 Pro is the addition of an extra layer onto the console.

While the original PS4 had two layers separated by a gap for the disc drive and two USB ports, the PS4 Pro has three layers.

The dimensions of the console have also changed. The original PS4 measured 275.1 x 305.1 x 53.1mm, while the Pro measures 295 x 327 x 55mm. That means it’s slightly bigger, it’s 2cm deeper and 2cm wider, but interestingly it’s more or less the same height.

It’s also half a kilogram heavier, or just over a pound.

Connections

In terms of rear connectors, the PS4 Pro is nearly identical to the standard PS4, aside from the addition of an extra USB 3.0 port – which might or might not play an important role in hooking up the PlayStation VR.

This port is puzzling, since to our knowledge the PS4 doesn’t have any accessories that currently make use of a USB connector that would plug into the rear, the exception however being Sony’s upcoming virtual reality hardware.

PS4 Pro vs PS4 rear

Another theory is that the new PlayStation 4 camera might rely on USB rather than the current ‘Aux’ connector (which we should point out the PS4 Pro still absolutely includes).

Unlike the new slimmer PS4, the PS4 Pro does include an optical audio output on its rear like the original launch PS4.

The final difference between the ports on the back of the console is the HDMI port. While the original PS4 had an HDMI 1.4 port, the PS4 Pro has an HDMI 2.0 port to allow it to output at 4K resolutions (more on that later).

Optical drive

This is a particularly sore spot for Sony’s new system. Despite speculation to the contrary the PS4 Pro does not include an Ultra HD Blu-ray player. It can play Full HD 1080p Blu-ray discs just the same as the original PS4.

Sony’s decision to omit a Ultra-HD Blu-ray drive from the system is puzzling, considering that Blu-ray support was one of the major boons of the PS3. Now, Sony might be saving that for another console down the road, however, considering that Microsoft’s Xbox One S already has the high-end disc drive, it would’ve benefitted Sony to launch the Pro with one as well.