In August, Microsoft kickstarted the second wave of this current console generation, releasing its acclaimed Xbox One S to a largely receptive audience. Now, Sony is returning fire with the PlayStation 4 Pro, an updated version of the standard PS4, which — like Microsoft?EU?s machine — is designed to get the most out of the coming era of 4K televisions. Here?EU?s how the new installment stacks up.
Unlike the Xbox One S, this is no radical aesthetic departure. PS4 Pro [pictured above] looks like a vertically elongated version of the regular PS4, with slightly curved edges giving it a smoother outline. At 295 x 327 x 55mm, it is, of course, bigger and heavier than both the new PS4 Slim and the original model. It?EU?s sort of brutalist in design — resembling what a multistorey car park might look like in Bladerunner. The power and eject buttons are now at separate ends of the front fascia, so you?EU?re less likely to keep pressing the wrong one.
Coming with an HDMI cable, DualShock controller and power lead, The PS4 Pro has everything you need in the box, and the set-up process takes seconds. Unfortunately though, the 4K calibration procedure isn?EU?t as exhaustive as with Xbox One S: Microsoft?EU?s machine automatically tests the 4K and HDR capabilities of your TV and lets you know how it?EU?s likely to perform — the PS4 Pro gives you a notification that your television may be capable of HDR and 4K, but the rest is up to you and your grasp of TV system menus. However, the process does allow you to easily transfer all your games and saves from your old PS4 –” as long as you connect them both to the same wi-fi network and have a handy ethernet cable to connect them together…
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