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Differences Between a PS4 Slim and a PS4 Pro

PS4 Pro vs. PS4 Slim – Differences

The PS4 Pro and the PS4 Slim are the two newest versions of Sony’s PlayStation 4 console. The former is a more powerful version that takes up a bit more room, while the latter is… well, a slimmer version of the standard. Of course, there is more to it than just a simple statement, so to help you out we’ll list each major difference between the two consoles.

Price


Slim – $300

Pro – $400

Available Colors

Slim – Black, Glacier White

Pro – Black

The PS4 Slim recently got a beautiful Glacier White version unveiled while the PS4 Pro is stuck with its standard color for the time being.

Size 

Slim – 11.3 in x 10.4 in x 1.54 in (weighs 4.6lbs)

Pro – 12.9 in x 11.6 in x 2.17 in (weighs 7.3lbs)

Surprisingly enough, the Pro isn’t too much larger than the slimmer model, though it actually looks much larger when they’re right next to one another.

Connectivity

Slim

  • 2x USB 3.1
  • 1x Gigabit Ethernet
  • 1x PS Camera
  • HDMI 1.4

Pro

  • 3x USB 3.1
  • 1x Gigabit Ethernet
  • 1x PS Camera
  • Optical Audio output
  • HDMI 2.0

The PS4 Pro actually has more ports than the PS4 Slim including an extra USB 3.1 and an Optical Audio out which was removed from the slimmer version when transitioning from the original model.

Performance

Slim

  • CPU: 1.6GHz 9-core AMD Jaguar
  • GPU: 1.84 TFLOP AMD Radeon (18CU, 800MHz)
  • Memory: 8 GB GDDR5 RAM
  • 500GB HDD (upgradeable)

Pro

  • CPU: 2.1GHz 8-core AMD Jaguar
  • GPU: 4.2 TFLOP AMD Radeon (36CU, 911MHz)
  • Memory: 8GB GDDR5 RAM plus an extra 1GB RAM for non-gaming processes.
  • 1TB HDD (upgradeable)

Going off what’s under the hood, the PS4 Pro is quite a bit more powerful than the PS4 Slim. This is necessary as it uses the extra power to deliver 4K resolutions as well as enhance other games with higher framerates and improved visuals even on a 1080p screen. The slimmer model does benefit from HDR like its more powerful counterpart, but outside of that it’s just a smaller version of the original standard model which boasts the exact same tech.

The Pro’s power doesn’t automatically mean games will run better, though. As it is completely up to the developers how they utilize that extra oomph offered by the hardware. But it does have the potential to do some exciting things, including boosting the quality of your VR experiences if you happen to own a PSVR headset.

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