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PS4 Pro Review and the Cheapest Way To Get

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PlayStation 4 is the best-selling console of 8th generation for a reason. Stunning design, awesome controller, game sharing feature and the most importantly – exclusive games gave Sony the edge in the fight with their main competitors from Microsoft.

PlayStation 4 is the best-selling console of 8th generation for a reason. Stunning design, awesome controller, game sharing feature and the most importantly – exclusive games gave Sony the edge in the fight with their main competitors from Microsoft.

But that was a long time ago – in 2013. Since then games have improved and so did the consoles. Sony’s PlayStation 4 Pro is now the main hope for the company in their battle for market dominance. In this article, we’ll review the console’s main advantages and give a tip on how to get it cheaper.

PS4 Pro

To begin with, we’ll give you some raw technical specifications.

Comparing to the original PS4, the Pro version features improved 2.1Ghz 8-core AMD Jaguar central processor, 2.3 times more powerful AMD Polaris graphics processor, 8Gb + 1Gb (for background operations) of GDDR 5 RAM, 1TB or 2TB 5400 RPM HDD storage, Bluetooth 4.0, 3x USB 3.1 ports, SATA III storage interface.

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What does it mean?

Simply put, the new console is two times more powerful from the PS4 or PS 4 Slim, support new features and hence improves average Joe’s gameplay dramatically. It is still too early for the 9’th generation, besides, the Pro version is simply not powerful enough to qualify as ‘next-gen’. Let’s see what this system has in store.

PS4 Pro

4K or not 4K

Probably the most important feature of this update is 4K support. PS Pro allows various games to run at native 4K resolution (if you have a proper TV). It can also run 4K videos via YouTube and Netflix apps. But there are some restrictions. For example, PlayStation can’t run demanding games at full 4K. Instead, it upscales 2K or 3K resolution with the help of Sony’s Checkerboard technology. On the sofa distance it looks almost indistinguishable from real 4K, but if you stick your face into the screen, you’ll see the blur. Plus, game developers have to update their games so they will recognize new hardware and support extra power. Without it, games will run just like on a regular PS4.

Another thing is that for some reason PS Pro does not support Blu-Ray 4K disks, so you’ll not be able to run the movies at ultra-HD on it.

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Alternative

For regular HDTV owners, the system offers various ways to make the games more comfortable. If you don’t have a 4K display or don’t need extra resolution, you can still use its power to improve the gameplay. It can either simply boost FPS or enable better textures and effects. The Checkerboard technology also can downscale from 2K resolution so it will fit 1080p TVs. This makes the game look much sharper and smoother while maintaining 60 FPS. Besides, the new SATA III interface allows replacing stock HDD with an SSD which will accelerate the boot speed and level loading time in games. New hardware will also improve PlayStation VR gameplay, background processes and game streaming, which is great for those who use these features.

THE PLAYSTATION 4K

Best way to get

If you’re not ready to purchase the PS4 Pro, there’re some ways to get it much cheaper. You can win the console in various raffles and giveaways online. Usually, you only have to make a couple reposts, leave a like, subscribe etc. The other option is to try your luck at Drakemall.com which offers new consoles for $29.99. With a little bit of luck, you can win a PS4 for almost free by opening their cases. DrakeMall has a worldwide delivery feature.

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Verdict

The PS4 Pro console is a great improvement overall if we compare it to previous models. It enhances the graphics and fully unleashes 4K TVs and monitors capabilities. The console’s power is comparable with a $1000 PC provided that the console itself is only $400 on retail. However, in comparison with its main competitor – Xbox One X, the Pro is weaker in performance and lack some features. But PlayStation’s main advantage – exclusives – is still alive. If you have a 4K TV then this is the best Sony can offer for you in 2018. But if you only have a regular 1080p Monitor, the Pro console will not give you much more than you can have with older models. Thanks for reading and have amazing gameplay!


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