When it comes to high-end console gaming we
only see two mammoths locking horns for the top spot - Sony and Microsoft. Each
generation they compete with products that go toe to toe in terms of
performance and features. The age of the eight generation consoles began back
in 2012 and shortly after Sony released their PlayStation 4 and Microsoft
released the Xbox One. Three years down the line we have newer technologies
like 4k and Virtual reality becoming more and more accessible to people. So
both the companies had to take steps to fulfill these needs and thus we will be
getting PlayStation 4 Pro from Sony and a new console by Microsoft that has
been given the name Project Scorpio as of now. Project Scorpio will be release
next year but the launch of the PlayStation Pro is almost at hand. The console
comes out November 10 and is being priced at $399. As with every new release of
consoles, a lot of people are left with questions like, "Should I buy
it?" or "Is it for me?" We try to answer these questions about
Sony's PlayStation 4 Pro.
If you are an owner of the previous
generation consoles like the PlayStation 2 or 3 or any equivalent console then
this one is definitely going to feel like a big improvement. Not only do you
get access to new games, you also have the opportunity of experiencing VR. The
visuals capabilities have seen an upgrade due to Sony introducing HDR and 4k
resolutions. You can stream services like Netflix and YouTube at beautiful 4k
resolutions. The same carries over to games as well. Finally console gamers
will get a taste of what 4k gaming looks like. Even if you are not playing at
4k resolution you will get a boost in performance for games in terms of
environment detail, lighting and even higher frame rates. The PlayStation 4, PlayStation 4 Slim and PlayStation 4 Pro will
have games that are forward and backward compatible. So any game that runs on
the Pro will also on on the PS4 and vice-versa.
This is a great feature for people who bought the PS4 or the Slim and
want to switch to the Pro as they won't have to buy additional games. The
mouthwatering $399 price tag is sure to rope in a lot of people. This is
especially considering the fact that its rival, Project Scorpio is definitely going
to be priced much higher.
Even though technology is growing at a very
fast rate, a lot of people still do not have an expensive TV at home that has
support for 4k. In such a case the ability of the PS4 Pro to play games and
videos at 4k is rendered useless. The performance bump alone also would not be
convincing enough for some casual gamers that already own a PS4 or Xbox One. Also
Sony is rolling out a software update to the PS4 and Slim that will enable HDR support
on them so the Pro loses that advantage. Interestingly enough, even though the
Pro supports 4k, it still does not come with support for Ultra HD Blu-ray.
Lastly Microsoft is also coming out with
Project Scorpio, their rival to the PS4 Pro. It is going to be more powerful
than the PS4 Pro. This is evident when you compare the computing power of both
the consoles. The PS4 Pro has 4.2 teraflops of performance while the Scorpio
crushes the Pro with 6 teraflops. Also the fact that the Scorpio will be coming
during the holiday season in 2017 makes it a good decision to wait and watch
for what it has to offer.
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