How to choose a PS4: PS4, PS4 Slim or PS4 Pro?

In June 2020, not long after a certain global pandemic called COVID 19 disrupted life as we knew it, Sony announced their new games console. It is, of course, the PS5. It is due for release at the end of the year along with an upgraded version, the PS5 Pro. Along with the release of the Xbox series X, 2020 will undoubtedly be the year of the next-gen! And it's also the perfect time to check out the previous generation of consoles from Sony, the PS4 and its more advanced editions, the PS4 Slim (more ergonomic) and PS4 Pro (more powerful). Why is now a good time to consider the PS4? Put simply, the video game catalog for this console is excellent and prices are always lower when a new model is released, as is the case with the iPhone. You could also double your savings by opting for a refurbished PS4 instead of buying new. The price will be even lower than for a new PS4 and you'll save a few kilos of electronic parts going to waste. Sounds tempting? Sony offers 3 versions of this games console; the "standard" PS4 (2013), and the PS4 Slim and PS4 Pro (both 2016). So, which one to choose?

How to choose a PS4: PS4, PS4 Slim or PS4 Pro?

PS4, PS4 Slim, PS4 Pro​ - Technical Details

Features

PS4

PS4 Slim

PS4 Pro

Release Date

22 November 2013

15 September 2016

10 November 2016

Price New

£270

£270

£360

Price Refurbished

£220

£205

£268

Price Difference

£50

£65

£92

Processeur (CPU)

AMD 8 — core Jaguar CPU

AMD 8 — core Jaguar CPU

AMD 8 — core Jaguar CPU

Graphics Card

1.84 TFLOPS

1.84 TFLOPS

4.2 TFLOPS

Storage

500 Go Hard Drive

500 Go Hard Drive

1 To

Random Access Memory (RAM)

8 Go

8 Go

8 Go

Video Memory

256 MB

256 MB

256 MB

Disc Player

Blu-ray/DVD

Blu-ray/DVD

Blu-ray/DVD

Bluetooth

2.1 (EDR)

4.0

4.0

HDMI

Yes

HDR

4K/HDR

Ethernet

Yes

Yes

Yes

USB

USB 3.0 x2

USB 3.0 x2

USB 3.1 x3

Height

275 mm

265 mm

295 mm

Width

53 mm

39 mm

55 mm

Length

305 mm

288 mm

327 mm

Weight

2,76 kg

2,1 kg

3,3 kg

PS4, PS4 Slim, PS4 Pro - the main differences

For anyone who is not into the super-technical side of things or who likes to make decisions quickly, here are the 5 main differences between the 3 models.

  • Size & weight of the console: the Slim version is quite compact and light. The standard or original version is a little heavier. Lastly, the Pro is the biggest and heaviest.
  • Power: the Pro edition has innovations that simply make it more powerful. In other words, it is faster and has a smoother refresh rate.
  • Storage: the PS4 Pro has 1 TB (1000 GB), the Slim version is available in 500 GB or 1 TB. The original PS4 is only available with a 500 GB memory.​
  • Graphics: Games look much better on the Pro model than on the Slim and the standard versions. And if you want to push image quality to the max, the PS4 Pro has 4K resolution, but you'll need to have a 4K screen to enjoy this feature.
  • Price: a new PS4 Pro is about £90 more expensive than the standard model, while the Slim version costs £360. However, you'll find the Pro versions at the same price as the others if you buy it refurbished.​
  • Bonus: if energy consumption is important for you, the PS4 Pro is the most power-hungry in the series.

It's also good to note that the games catalogue is the same for all 3 models. All PS4 games run on all versions, so don't worry about that side of things! It's more about the quality of the experience.​

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In-Depth Comparison - PS4 vs PS4 Slim vs PS4 Pro​

1. HDR and 4K

The main benefit of the Pro model is its 4K compatibility. Note that you will only be able to enjoy this feature if your TV or monitor is 4K-compatible as well. But rest assured, the Pro makes superb use of HDR (High Dynamic Range) technology thanks to its HDMI 2.0 port. So even in Full-HD, the games will be more detailed and beautiful. Also, the colour rendering and contrast are quite simply, better on the Pro. If graphics are a priority for you, the PS4 Pro is the best model to choose. The Pro also allows you to capture and stream 1080p video at 60 fps (shout out to gamers on YouTube and Twitch!).

2. Power

If the main deciding factor for you is the sheer power of your machine, then don't even hesitate - the PS4 Pro is for you. With faster refresh rates, it runs games more smoothly and with less loading time. And best of all, with better image quality. This means improved shadow handling, super-detailed textures, and improved antialiasing. Display distance is also better, which can come in handy for competitive FPSs.

If you're looking for the most powerful high-tech console on the market, this is it. Without taking into account the next-gen, naturally. The computing power is twice that of the Slim.

3. Storage

The PS4 Pro has 1TB (1000GB) of storage, the PS4 Slim is available with 1TB or 500GB and the standard version only has 500GB. If you buy a lot of dematerialised games, you can never have too much space, so opt for 1TB. If you're used to deleting your games once they're finished, a 500 GB is more than enough.​

4. Connectivity

The Pro version of the PlayStation 4 is equipped with three USB ports, one more than the other two models. This makes it extra convenient to connect a VR headset and get the most out of virtual reality games on your VR PlayStation. Both the PS4 Pro and the Slim version also feature an optical audio output, if you want to connect your Sony console up to an older home theatre.

5. Size and Weight

This is where you see the biggest difference when you put all 3 gaming consoles side by side. The PS4 Pro is larger and heavier (295x55x327 mm, 3.3 kg), though that's to be expected as it has more under the hood. If portability is important for you, choose a PS4 Slim (265x39x288 mm, 2.1 kg).

6. Energy Consumption

If you're careful about your electricity consumption, whether for environmental or budgetary reasons, the PS4 Slim consumes about half as much power as the Pro. The former is, therefore, less likely to heat up while gaming. When plugged into a 4K display, the energy usage of the PlayStation 4 can increase further.

7. The Price

You may have already guessed it, but the Pro is obviously more expensive than the Slim or standard version. £90 more to be exact, when purchased new. But you'll find a refurbished PS4 Pro cheaper than new standard versions through Back Market. And if it's a Slim or standard version you're looking for, you'll save up to £63 when you buy refurbished.

Our products are completely refurbished by certified professionals and come with a minimum warranty of 12 months and a 30 day returns period.

So there you have it, everything you need to know about this home console. If you want our opinion, there's really no need to invest in a PS5 right away. The range of games available for PS4 is vast and they are very well made - you'll have plenty to do for a while! We strongly recommend Horizon Zero Dawn.

By opting for the Pro model, the difference in graphics will not be relevant when compared with new consoles for a few years to come. If you'd prefer a console that's portable and easy to carry around, go for a PS4 Slim instead.

No matter which model you choose, you'll find video game consoles from all brands up to 70% cheaper on Back Market. Whether it's the Microsoft Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, or older models. And for the more avid gamer, you'll also find RV headphones, 4K TVs, or headphones to enhance your gaming experience.

By Brian, Marketing Manager Back Market UK

When not talking about the latest eco-friendly tech and reducing our carbon footprint, Brian enjoys the odd game of football, a classic horror (book or film) or just to kick back with a beer or a proper Scottish whisky. Slàinte Mhath!

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