Honorable Mention: PS4 Pro
It’s award season here at Twinfinite! Starting with a few runner ups, let’s look back at the best new hardware from this year and our 2016 winner!
With 2016 marking the three-year anniversary of the PS4 and Xbox One’s release, both companies decided it was time to release some revised versions of the hardware. While both companies launched a streamlined, slimmer version of their flagship systems, Sony decided to raise the bar. The PS4 Pro was revealed back in September, boasting 4K capabilities, an enhanced PSVR experience, and a 1TB HDD as standard. Essentially, the PS4 Pro is the system for those wanting to get the very best gaming experiences right now without having to turn to PC gaming.
When playing with a PS4 Pro, the results can be incredible. Exploring the serene locations in Uncharted 4 is a burst of vibrant color and extra detail thanks to the HDR and 4K combo. Some PSVR games that have been patched run smoother and make for a more immersive experience, and who doesn’t love extra storage if you’ve moved up from the 500GB base model.
Unfortunately, the PS4 Pro hasn’t quite found its stride just yet. While it does have an expanding library of titles that make use of the extra power, the results differ greatly. While Uncharted 4 shows significant improvements when running on a Pro, differences in something like Dishonored 2 or Deus Ex: Mankind Divided are hard to spot. What’s more, you’ll need a 4K HDR TV to really get the most out of the system. With games like Horizon Zero Dawn and Gran Turismo Sport releasing next year and due to make use of the Pro, the supercharged PS4 will find some day its footing. For now, however, the PS4 Pro remains a product that while great, has quite a niche audience.