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PS4 Slim vs PS4 Pro

The choice between a PS4 Slim or a PS4 Pro isn't easy for everyone, but when you compare the two to each other, you can choose the best console for you. I compare the most important aspects of console gaming and explain the differences.

PS4 Pro

With the arrival of the 4K supportive PS4 Pro, the PlayStation 4 line has finally grown up. Double the computing power and the same amount of power consumption is quite the performance, and, in combination with HDR support, the Pro displays very realistic graphics with lively colors on your screen. Almost each PS4 game has special PS4 Pro support, which means there are more beautiful graphics available on the PS4 Pro, or that certain games simply run better on the Pro.

PS4 Slim

The PS4 Slim is the classic PS4 in a smaller, more energy-efficient jacket. In terms of performance. it's equal to the classic PS4, but it achieves the same performance while using 35% less energy and being 65% the size of a classic PS4. The Slim is very suitable for lighter games, such as FIFA, Rocket League, and Fortnite. The Slim can reach a maximum resolution of 1080p with 30 fps and, after a firmware update, supports HDR.

Specifications

To quickly get to grips with the differences between the PS4 Slim and the PS4 Pro, I'll outline the most interesting specifications. After that, I look at the same aspects in more detail and help you choose between the Slim and the Pro consoles.

Side by side

PS4 Pro PS4 Slim
Size 100% 75%
Maximum image quality 4K + HDR 1080p + HDR
Performance mode Graphics/performance No
Power consumption and temperature Max ~155W - 42C (4K) Max ~80W (1080p)

Size and Design

Ps4 Slim and Ps4 pro comparison

The design of the Slim and Pro series is more calm than the sharp angles of the classic PS4. The corners are rounded and the lighting is less bright and present. The Slim has 2 layers, and the slightly larger Pro has a third layer. The stylish black, rounded design of both models suits your existing home cinema setup perfectly.

Image quality

Fifa 2018 on the Ps4 Slim

Smart

With a PS4 Slim, you have the power of a classic PS4 in a smaller jacket at your disposal. The graphics are virtually the same, except for the new HDR support. You do need a suitable display to use this feature. The maximum image resolution of the Slim is 1080p, which matches most standard TVs and monitors perfectly. Most games can be played at 30 frames per second (fps). That's nice enough to play FIFA, but with faster games, you really want to play at a higher fps.

God of War on the PS4 Pro

Pro

The PS4 Pro really shines when it comes to image quality. With 2 times as much computing power than a Slim, the Pro supports new and older games in 4K quality. In combination with an HDR compatible display, this provides lifelike images. Older games have been optimized for the Pro, which means you get to see more details and/or more fps. This ensures the game looks better and the images are much smoother, which is handy for fast, competitive games.

Performance mode

Horizon Zero Dawn performance mode

With the PS4 Pro, you can choose how exactly to use the extra computing power of the Pro for most games. With the PS4 Slim, you have to use the standard settings, which means that for the latest games, the Slim can't always keep up. In the graphic mode of the Pro, more and more detailed images are loaded. You can also choose for the speed mode, which focuses on smoother images, even in 4K.

Conclusion: choose the PS4 Slim

The PS4 Slim with controller

The PS4 Pro provides better performance and image quality, so why would you choose a PS4 Slim? Well, not everyone thinks it's worth it to invest in a PS4 Pro. If you don't have a 4K TV and if you're not planning on buying one, you won't use the 4K capacity of the PS4 Pro. If you usually play lighter games, such as FIFA, Fortnite, and Rocket League, you don't really need all of that extra computing power.

Conclusion: choose the PS4 Pro

The PS4 Pro with controller

The PS4 Pro is aimed at serious gamers. Whether you want optimal performance in competitive multiplayer games such as Destiny or Battlefield, or want to make the most of the lifelike world of games such as Horizon Zero Dawn, the PS4 Pro offers plenty of computing power. The PS4 Pro gives you everything you need, for both 1080p or 4K TVs.


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