Whats up! I want to start this post off by saying that I am super excited to be getting my PS4 PRO, I don’t have one yet, and believe that after getting one I will be able to be subjective enough to give you a fair assessment on whether or not it is worth purchasing. For now I am going to provide answers (from third parties) to a lot of the questions I had leading up to actually receiving my PS4 PRO. Having been a day one purchaser of the original PS4 this post is more geared towards those of you who already own a PS4 and are either upgrading or contemplating an upgrade.
First off the reviews seem fairly solid concerning the PS4 PRO, most publications seem to be giving it an 8 or higher. The biggest issue that most reviews have brought up are related to software, most of the games supporting the PS4 PRO support it in different ways and are not unified, we also do not have many games that were made yet with the PS4 PRO as many of the games are receiving patches that do anything from upscaling the game to 4K output, to offering a better frame rate (some games even give you the option of either/or).
Which games are going to be supporting the PS4 PRO?
Before I start it has been confirmed that “Destiny” and “The Witcher 3” will not be getting patches, which is a shame because these are two games I would have looked forward to seeing on the PS4 PRO and also thought it would have been a no-brainer for either of the developers to take advantage of the new hardware.
All games coming out/currently out will be able to be played on both systems, going forward Sony expects most games to offer support for the PS4 PRO, Mark Cerny has been quoted as saying that it shouldn’t take more than 1% extra work to include PS4 PRO support. For those of you not making the jump to the PS4 PRO don’t worry as Sony has constantly been reassuring fans that futures games will work on both systems.
Here is the list of games that will offer PS4 PRO support,
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
Farpoint (PlayStation VR)
Final Fantasy XV
Ghost Recon: Wildlands
Gran Turismo Sport
Horizon: Zero Dawn
Infamous: First Light
Infamous: Second Son
Killing Floor 2
Mass Effect: Andromeda
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
PlayStation VR Worlds
Pro Evolution Soccer 2017
Ratchet & Clank
Resident Evil 7
Rigs: Mechanized Combat League
Rise of the Tomb Raider
Robinson: The Journey
Skyrim: Special Edition
The Elder Scrolls Online
The Last Guardian
The Last of Us: Remastered
The Playroom VR
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
Watch Dogs 2
Wheels of Aurelia
World of Tanks
As of now thats a pretty decent list, many of the games are already out and some of them will be coming out next year or later. I can only speculate that games coming out later will benefit more from having a PS4 PRO.
The PS4 PRO also comes with an expanded HDD, 1 TB, I had upgraded my original PS4 to a 1 TB over a year ago (c’mon Sony 500 GB is a joke) and you’ll definitely want to transfer all of your old data over. Fortunately the PS4 to PS4 PRO can transfer via an ethernet cable, I don’t know how long it would take but it certainly should be faster than the 8 hours it took for me to transfer my data from my original PS4 500GB HDD to my upgraded 1TB HDD. Now I was curious if I could just swap my current PS4 HDD to my new PS4 PRO without having to transfer anything, just a physical swap, unfortunately once an HDD is removed from a PS4 the data becomes encrypted and can only be decrypted by the original PS4 the HDD was installed in. Also if you are planning on keep your old PS4 you can only have on system listed as the “Primary Account,” which basically limits what you can do on you other console. One issue I know of is that you cannot access your digital/downloaded content without an internet connection on a console unless it is designated as your “Primary Account”.
To make the most of the PS4 PRO’s enhanced graphics you will want to have a 4K UHD TV. I believe that most TV’s made after 2015 will be labeled whether or not they are a UHD enabled TV, I also read that Sony has been releasing updates to older television sets enabling them to take advantage of UHD enabled content. This sounds confusing, and it is, I own a Sony Bravia 4K television, I purchased it in 2015, I don’t know if it is UHD enabled and looking up information online about it has been difficult as well. You will need a “Premium” HDMI cable to take advantage of the system as well, the PS4 PRO comes with one included, so make sure you swap out your old HDMI cables and use the new one provided with the system. I can’t find the technical name for the HDMI cable needed for the PS4, just that it was “Premium”. You also must plug that HDMI cord into a “HDCP 2.2” HDMI port on your 4K TV, which apparently aren’t always labeled on TV sets (mine was labeled on my set). I’ve seen 4K HDR TV’s for as low as $550, if you are going to be buying a new TV as well make sure that you get one that is 4K HDR, not just a simple 4K set.
I hope this article helped anyone making the upgrade, a lot of this information I had to look up in different places and thought it would be convenient having it all in one place. Check out the articles below they go into a lot more depth than I did. If you pick up a PS4 PRO let me know how you like it!
UPDATE - Apparently the PS4 PRO comes with PS4 firmware 3.70, you will need to update the PS4 PRO to version 4.05 before you can transfer data from your original PS4 or use any network features on your new console.
Here is a list of PS4 PRO compatible games, it goes into detail with more than a few games on what is actually changed with the PS4 PRO, a great read for anyone wanting to go more in depth.
Here are a few reviews I found to be very informational
Also here is the official Sony FAQ for the PS4 PRO
I used all of these articles to pull information for this PS4 pro guide.