PS4 Pro Vs PS4 Slim Vs PS4: What’s The Difference?

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#PS4Pro #PS4SlimPS4 Pro Vs PS4 Slim Vs PS4: What’s The Difference? : Welcome to the next console generation-ish. This year Sony has breathed new life into the PS4, twice. The result is we now have the ‘PS4 Slim’ and ‘PS4 Pro’ joining the original PS4.

Neither of the new machines is a full generational step up, but they do have very specific differences. So let’s take a look at what has changed…

PS4 (left), PS4 Slim (middle), PS4 Pro (right). Image credit: Sony

PS4 (left), PS4 Slim (middle), PS4 Pro (right). Image credit: Sony

Design & Connectivity

Immediately striking are the three designs. Living up to its name, the PS4 Slim greatly slims down the original PS4 while the PS4 Pro is significantly larger:

  • PS4 – 305 x 275 x 53 mm (12 x 10.8 x 2.09 in) and 2.8 Kg (6.2lbs)
  • PS4 Slim – 288 x 265 x 39 mm (11.3 x 10.4 x 1.54 in) and 2.1 Kg (4.6lbs)
  • PS4 Pro – 327 x 295 x 55 mm (12.9 x 11.6 x 2.17 in) and 3.3 Kg (7.3lbs)

The result is three substantially different designs yet all clearly stemming from the original PS4. All three retain Blu-ray (and DVD compatible) optical drives while the PS4 Slim and PS4 Pro step up to USB 3.1 and the Pro uses its extra ‘layer’ to add an additional USB port:

  • PS4 – 2x USB 3.0, 1x Gigabit Ethernet, 1x PS Camera, Optical Audio output, HDMI 1.4
  • PS4 Slim – 2x USB 3.1, 1x Gigabit Ethernet, 1x PS Camera, HDMI 1.4
  • PS4 Pro – 3x USB 3.1, 1x Gigabit Ethernet, 1x PS Camera, Optical Audio output, HDMI 2.0

The Pro’s third USB port is likely to be very useful for anyone planning to connect a PlayStation VR since the returning Move Controllers each need a USB port for charging. Meanwhile the PS4 Pro upgrades the original PS4’s HDMI 1.4 port to 2.0 which is vital for its support for 4K (of which more in the next section).

PS4 Pro rear connectivity. Image credit: Sony

PS4 Pro rear connectivity. Image credit: Sony