Sony PlayStation 4 Pro - 1TB Review ⭐⭐⭐⭐:halfstar:

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Features

  • Spectacular graphics - Explore vivid game worlds with rich visuals heightened by PS4 Pro.
  • Enhanced gameplay - Support for faster frame rates delivers super-sharp action for select PS4 games.
  • One unified gaming community - Compatible with every PS4 game. Play online with other PS4 players with PlayStation Plus.
  • Extraordinary entertainment - With up to 4K streaming and 4K auto-upscaling for video content.
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Amazon Review by dafobulous1 :star::star::star::star::emptystar:

1209 people found the following review helpful

PS4 versus PS4 Pro (Updated with Issues/Potential Fix -12/1/16)

IF you already purchased it and having some issues, skip to the ISSUES section below: IF you still deciding to purchase it, continue reading.

First, here are the latest specs for the PS4 Pro:
Main processor: Custom-chip single Processor
CPU: x86-64 AMD “Jaguar,” 8 cores
GPU: 4.20 TFLOPS, AMD Radeon based graphics engine
Memory: GDDR5 8GB 1GB of VRAM
Storage size: 1TB
External dimensions: Approx. 29555327 mm (width height length) (excludes largest projection)
Mass: Approx. 3.3 kg
BD/DVD Drive: BD 6 CAV, DVD 8 CAV
Input/Output: Super-Speed USB (USB 3.1 Gen.1) port 3, AUX port 1
Networking: Ethernet (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T)1, IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0 (LE)
Power: AC 100V, 50/60Hz
Power consumption: Max. 310W
Operating temp: 5C 35C
AV Output: HDMI out port (supports 4K/HDR) DIGITAL OUT (OPTICAL) port

CURRENT PS4 OWNERS; WHY UPGRADE?
Games will run faster and look better (4K). Right now you will not see a notable difference with the current games but games that have a Pro mode will see improved resolution specifically 4K mode and overall texture/effects. There are 30 games with Pro Mode at the release of the launch and another 15 by the end of 2016. (Ive included a list below)
More potential on the PSVR. 60fps or greater is ideal for VR games to run and that is very challenging for the current and aging PS4 hardware.
More/upgraded ports. It includes an extra USB 3.0 port which is handy especially if you are using a Playstation VR. It also includes an optical audio output which the original PS4 has but the slim-version doesnt. The HDMI port have been upgraded from 1.4 to 2.0. This means 4K video can be as high as 50 frames per second (FPS) and 60 fps versus 24fps in 1.4.
Faster Wi-Fi / Bluetooth connection. For those who own the original PS4; both the PS4 Slim and Pro have upgraded to 802.11ac and the Bluetooth from 2.1 to 4.0.

NON-PS4 OWNERS OR PS3 OWNERS, WHY UPGRADE?
Competitively priced. Currently the PS4 Slim with 500GB retails for $300 compared to the PS4 Pro at $400. Now with that said; you will probably see more sales on PS4 Slim bundles which widen the gaps.
Future-proofing. For those who may skip a generation; you may keep your system a bit longer so as more games support 4K; PS4 will have great longevity than the PS4 obviously.

WHY NOT UPGRADE (NOW)?
No 4K television or plans to upgrade anytime soon. Even with 4K TVs being very competitively priced; if you are fine with a 1080p or 720p and dont see a need or plan to upgrade to a 4K television; it might be best for a wait and when you are ready to upgrade; the price for the PS4 Pro will go down as well. Again, even with a 1080p; I noticed the details were slightly more crisp and better outset lighting (Uncharted 4) on my old but trusted 46" Sharp Aquos LCD (LC46D65U) but you would benefit much more with a 4K HDR television.
Limited Pro games. This is expected for any new console releases. Developers are still learning how to maximize the potential of the system and of course overtime; it gets better.
Waiting for the Xbox Scorpio. There is a lot rumors but according to Microsoft; it is also a 4K HDR gaming console but is capable of 60 fps at 4K which the PS4 Pro will find a challenge to achieve. After reading some articles, the PS4 Pro doesn’t render in native 4K, but rather uses its own type of upscaling to pretend it’s native 4K. Again there are still a lot of unknowns for Project Scorpio but it might the first “true” 4K 60 fps machine.
No 4K Blu-ray Drive. I dont think it is a deal-breaker but to be competitively priced to the Xbox One S; something had to give. If it would have cost another $100 for the console; I would rather save that money and purchase a 4K Blu-ray player separately.

MY EXPERIENCE:
While I did see a slight improvement specifically on the frame-rate; there wasnt much of a difference or improvements in loading time. It is also a bit too early as I mentioned before; the contrast will grow as more Pro games are released and developers maximize its hardware potential so I will update my review time to time.
There isnt a wrong or right reason on upgrading or not. But these were factors I was considering when I decided to purchase the PS4 Pro.

ISSUES (12/1/16):

  • DISPLAYS AT 1080P OR LOWER… Either it didn’t display the correct resolution or it just didn’t have HDCP 2.2. So you might have to swap to a different slot.
    Potential Solution: Sony Bravia TVs - Go to settings->External inputs->HDMI signal and select “enhanced format” or I heard for all TVs; you may need to update your TVs firmware.

-HDR NOT COMPATIBLE OR NOT WORKING.
Potential Solution. Samsung TVs - Go to input settings->Enable “HDMI UHD Color” (PICTURE 1)
Sony Bravias - You have to connect the PS4 Pro directly to the television. And if you want to use VR, unplug the HDMI from the PS4 Pro and connect it to the PSVR.
LG: On 11/28/16; LG released a firmware update. If you are connected to a network, the firmware update should kick in automatically. You should check software update option and double check it is fully up to date.

  • I own an UN55KS8000
  • INPUT LAG.
    I have heard this issue on just specifically the 2016 LG’s OLED 4K models. Sony and Samsung released firmware upgrades recently post-launch to address the issue. LG has been vague and according to Forbe’s 4K website; it is beyond a firmware issue but a hardware issue. I will continue to follow this issue as I know quite a few friends who have LG 4K displays and rave about it.

-NO SCREEN.
Potential Solution. Go to Safe Mode by holding the power button. You will see a screen with 8 options. Go to settings->Change Resolution->Select 1080p. (PICTURE 2). Select Restart PS4, Go to settings->Display->Select resolution to 2160p (PICTURE 3)

My guess there will be a firmware from both Sony and television manufacturers (hopefully sooner than later) to address some of these issues.

For those still deciding; don’t be scared of these issues…it’s the beauty/horror of new technology.

Hopefully this review gave you some insight and perspective on your decision on purchasing one or give you some help if you are having issues with yours currently.

Good luck and happy gaming.

LIST OF GAMES WITH PRO MODE (As of 11/10/16):
Battlefield 1
Battlezone
Bound
Call Of Duty: Black Ops 3
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
Dishonored 2
Driveclub VR
EA Sports FIFA 17
Firewatch
Helldivers
Hitman
Hustle Kings
inFAMOUS First Light
inFAMOUS Second Son
Knack
Mafia III
Mantis Burn Racing
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
NBA 2K17
Neon Chrome
Paragon
PlayStation VR Worlds
Ratchet & Clank
Rez Infinite
RIGS Mechanized Combat League
Rise Of The Tomb Raider
Robinson: The Journey
Smite
Super Stardust Ultra
The Elders Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited
The Elders Scrolls: Skyrim Special Edition
The Last Of Us Remastered
The Last Of Us: Left Behind
The Playroom VR
Thumper
Titanfall 2
Uncharted 4: A Thiefs End
Until Dawn: Rush of Blood
Viking Squad
Wheels of Aurelia
World Of Tanks
XCOM 2

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Walmart Review by Hardiman :star::star::star::star::star:

90 people found the following review helpful

The Pro improves an already solid platform.

Let me start by saying the Pro is awesome and the games that take advantage of it look gorgeous and some have higher framerates which make them run silky smooth. With that being said you really need the right tv to take advantage of it completely. I have the Samsung 65KS8000 and the 4K resolution is amazing and the HDR(High Dynamic Range) looks breathtaking. I thought Uncharted 4 was beautiful before but on the Pro it is a sight to behold. Of course if your 4K tv doesn't support HDR you want see the boost in colors but you will benefit from the resolution bump. Even those with a 1080P HD tv will notice an improvement, not as substantial but improvements nonetheless. Sony has the best exclusives in my opinion and if you don't already have a PS4 then this is a no brainer. If you do own a PS4 and have the extra cash, then why not get the most powerful console(that's out RIGHT now) and enjoy the very best gaming has to offer.

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Best Buy Review by CBJ1231 :star::star::star::star::star:

Great upgrade from the previous model

I've read a lot of comments from people who do not even own this device yet... to those people I say get a life.

I purchased this about 2 weeks ago and here are my impressions thus far:
a. Physically: if you had the original PS4 the size difference is not that much of an issue but if you had the slim model… make room. its at least 1/2 - 3/4 " taller and a bit deeper. (still smaller than the original xbox one though)

b. Game play: FIRST I DO NOT OWN A 4K TV!!! I’m speaking from a decent 1080P HD TV. I’ve tried several different games and modes and I’m comparing to my XBox one in regards to speed. I played Dishonored (definitive edition) on both systems. Game play seems smoother on the PS4 Pro, and screens load A LOT faster. Visually I cant tell a difference ON THIS GAME mainly because its not optimized for the improved PS4 Pro.
Smite: I played on both systems (if you don’t know Smite is an online MOBA style game similar to League of Legends) Game play wise both systems play about the same. Visually video is slightly better on the Pro than Xone. (lines are sharper, color gradation is much better)
Rise of the Tomb Raider. I have about an hour or so on both systems but THIS game made me glad I choose to pick up a PS Pro. Even though its a 1080 TV the graphics and frame rate are SOOOOOO much better. Its almost like watching a tv show. game play is smooth as silk, lines are crisp and sharp, textures and colors Pop and all those little details like snow and rain make this a cut WAY above the other machine.
possible problems I haven’t checked yet: I read that there may be an issue with textures and frame rate dropping (from 60 fps to 55-58fps) in games like Skyrim and The last of us. I read that its not necessarily a HARDWARE issue so much as a developer issue. IF this is true I believe a patch down the line would correct this issue. (remember this system was only released 2 weeks ago… updates will be coming) Seeing as how these are the only two games that I’ve heard of this happening to, I wouldn’t stress it too much. the work around is if you drop the video to 30fps you won’t have this issue at all. Other down side, if your playing at higher frame rates… the fan kicks on and although not as loud as previous Playstations it can be noticeable.

c. basic stuff: the controller is very comfortable to hold and maintains its charge for a good many hours. (I average about 2-3 hours a night and may have to charge it by the 3 or 4 th night.) I have Turtle Beach Stealth 400 headset from my previous PS4 works even better because I don’t need the Optical cable. True Bluetooth. The increase processing power and larger hard drive alone makes the extra 100 bucks worth it. If you have any intention of doing the VR thing you have to get this version. Hands down.

d. oh the Blue ray player… some people are complaining about the Pro not having a 4K blue ray. Me personally I don’t care. I watch most of my movies via streaming anyway. However to those that do watch blue ray, 4k resolution will only affect 4k blue rays. Any non 4k blue rays will still look the same. For me this was not a deal breaker but thats just me.

Thats about all I can think of… I tried to keep it very factual and straight forward. I would definitely recommend this device to any and anyone wanting a Playstation.

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