PlayStation 4 Pro review: Serious technophilia

A new console for those that want to sit on the top of the tech heap, no matter what the cost.

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Sony was quite clear during its media presentation of the PlayStation 4 Pro – the current PS4 is powerful enough. It's powerful enough to run all the current and upcoming games. It's powerful enough to run virtual reality just fine. It's powerful enough to even show off the fancy visual HDR trickery Sony has just patched into the existing firmware. And it will be powerful enough right up until the release of the PlayStation 5.

So why would you want a Pro? Because it looks better. It runs faster. And, if you have an existing 4K television or monitor, it also maximises that investment when little else out there does. You certainly don't need it; you just may well want it.


  • Similar size to original PS4, but extra grill looks harsh
  • Really needed extra USB ports
  • Best for owners of 4K TVs
Dualshock 4 controller close up


  • Will make your games look better
  • PSVR doesn't see as big of an impact to performance
  • Game sharing in 1080p now
PSVR Job simulator


  • The best option for new PS4 owners
  • Limited reason to upgrade from existing PS4
  • No real advantage for PSVR fans
PS4 Pro


Product name
PlayStation®4 Pro
Product code
CUH-7000 Series
Single-chip custom processor
Main processor
CPU: x86-64 AMD "Jaguar", 8 cores
GPU: 4.20 TFLOPS, AMD Radeon™ based graphics engine
Storage size
External dimensions
Approx. 295x55x327mm (width x height x length)
(excludes largest projection)
Approx. 3.3kg
BD/ DVD drive
(read only)
Input / output
Super-Speed USB (USB 3.1 Gen. 1 ) port x 3
Aux port x 1
Ethernet (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T) x 1
IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth® 4.0 (LE)
AC 100-240V, 50/60Hz
Power consumption
Max. 310W
AV output
HDMI™ out port (supports 4K/HDR)


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