Tuesday 20 August 2019

Adrian Weckler Tech Review: PlayStation 4 Pro

PlayStation goes Pro with 4k upgrade

Playstation 4
Playstation 4
Adrian Weckler

Adrian Weckler

Our technology editor reviews the PlayStation 4 Pro.

PlayStation 4 Pro   

Price: €399.90 from Harvey ­Norman  

Rating: 4 Stars

One challenge that gaming consoles face is the long period between model upgrades. Sony's PlayStation 4, for example, was launched in late 2013. Since that time, display technology - particularly 4k ('UHD') and HDR - has advanced considerably. Visually, gamers are starting to expect the same kind of cutting edge that sports, film and online streaming users get.

That's pretty much what the new PS4 Pro is about. It's an upgraded version of the PlayStation 4 that makes many of the leading games worthy of that new 60-inch 4K telly you bought.

The new machine supports faster frame rates for sharper and smoother onscreen action. In some cases, it's upscaling. In others, it's full 1800p compatibility.

HDR, which is currently the big upgrading technology for tellies, is also part of the mix.

The titles you'll get to enjoy in this higher resolution include Call of Duty Infinite Warfare, Battlefield 1, FIFA 17, Hitman and Titanfall 2. Many PS4 games max out at a lesser resolution but, in time, it's to be expected that 4K and HDR will become the standard.

Otherwise, the PS4 Pro has a terabyte of local storage and comes with a single controller.

One thing about 4K is that you don't really see the benefits on a screen below 50 inches in size. But many of us are going all-out for bigger displays these days. If this includes you and you're considering a new console, this is the one to get.

In Ireland, Sony still dominates the gaming landscape to an unfeasibly large degree: the latest Statcounter figures suggest it has more than 70pc of console-user activity here.

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