Ask LH: Should I Buy A PlayStation 4 Pro?

Ask LH: Should I Buy A PlayStation 4 Pro?

Dear Lifehacker. I know that the PlayStation 4 Pro was just announced. I’m actually thinking about getting a regular PlayStation 4. Is it worth forking out the extra money to get the PlayStation 4 Pro? Cheers, Nathan

Hi Nathan,

Okay, this is a good question. It’s a question so good that I actually already answered it on Kotaku. It’s a question so good that I actually made a flowchart.

Here is my flowchart:

So that’s the long and short of it. If you already have a PlayStation 4, there’s probably little need to upgrade to the PlayStation 4 Pro. If you don’t have a PlayStation 4, I’d recommend waiting for the pro. But overall, at this precise moment, I recommend some form of PlayStation 4. For a number of reasons: best games, best user interface, nice modern design, nice controller. I’m a big fan.

Next year Microsoft is release the Project Scorpio, a more powerful version of the Xbox One. That will almost certainly end up being the most powerful console on the market, but it’s more of an unknown quantity at this stage.

Long story short: if you don’t have a current generation console right now, I recommend getting the PlayStation 4 Pro. It is worth the extra cash. You’re basically future-proofing yourself at this point. The PlayStation 4 Pro is designed for 4K gaming. If you don’t already have a 4K TV, you’ll most likely pick one up in the next five years. And even if you don’t it make sense to spend a little bit more to get the premium product.

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  • How about. If I’m thinking about getting a PSVR will my old PS4 handle it or am I better off getting a PS4 Pro.

    • It’s not been guaranteed but developers do have the ability to make PSVR games better looking with PS4 Pro’s additional GPU capabilities

  • My PS4 is now 3 years old, I will be gladly taking the opportunity of using one the trade-in deals going around to palm it off for a new PS Pro with a new warranty 🙂

    As soon as these machines get to 3-4 years old imo, this is where the trouble begins, which is the end of the “accepted warranty period” (like a phone starts to play up at 2 years just as your plan runs out by some strange coincidence) .

    Looking at it this way may also help some readers.

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