By now, people have long forgotten about just how bad Sony’s reveal of the long-rumored, much-anticipated PS4 Pro was, but what still has many talking is the systems capabilities, or lack thereof.
It took us a while to come to terms with the PS4 Pro’s feature set, and, frankly, we are not impressed. Yes, the system is a lot more powerful than the original PS4 and, yes, it makes all PS4 games look better with its 4K capabilities, but it is wrought with several questionable business decisions on the part of Sony that still has us scratching our heads.
For your convenience, we have put together a list of the top five things wrong with the PS4 Pro, issues that might put you off from buying one:
1. Doesn’t Do Native 4K Gaming
According to Sony, the PS4 Pro’s “4K quality images” are made possible by “graphic rendering or up-scaled” means, indicating that the console’s 4K visuals are not native.
This is actually the first time that the video game industry has relied on upscaling to provide a means of high definition visuals, seeing as both the Xbox One and PS4 output native 720p and 900p resolutions for some games.
The lack of native 4K gaming for the PS4 Pro is especially noteworthy because the upcoming Xbox One Scorpio — poised to become the PS4 Pro’s closest rival — will do native 4K gaming. Why settle for an imitation if you can have the real thing?
2. Doesn’t Play UHD 4K Blu-Rays
That’s right, the PS4 Pro actually doesn’t have UHD 4K Blu-ray drive, which means it doesn’t support 4K Blu Ray movies. This is a confounding omission considering that Sony invented Blu-Ray and that the cheaper, much less powerful Xbox One S comes with one.
Granted that there has been a shift from physical media towards video streaming, physical media still remains a big enough part of gaming to warrant a Blu-ray drive in the PS4 Pro. Microsoft got the memo; why not Sony?
3. You Need a 4K TV to Fully Benefit
Although one is not mandatory because the PS4 Pro makes games look better on just about any high-definition TV, you need an UHD 4K TV to take full advantage of everything the system has to offer.
If you don’t already own one, get ready to spend anywhere from $500 to $3,000 to get one, in addition to the $400 you’ll need for a Pro. A serious investment, no doubt …
That of course begs the question: Should you pick up a PS4 Pro if you don’t have a 4K TV? Probably not. The boost in visuals on a regular, non-4K HD TV will likely not be worth the $400 you’ll pay for the system.
4. Makes PS4 Slim Almost Pointless
At launch, there will only be $100 difference between the PS4 Slim and PS4 Pro, making us wonder why anyone would choose the former over the latter.
The PS4 Slim is nothing more than the original PS4 squeezed into a smaller shell, whereas the PS4 Pro offers double the power, 4K upscaling for games, 4K video streaming, and HDR support. Not only will they look better but all PS4 games, even those that will be released in the future, will run faster and at more stable frame rates on the PS4 Pro.
All of this for only $100 dollars more … I mean, while money can be an issue for most gamers, is it really that hard to save $100 over a few months and wait for an opportunity to buy the PS4 Pro rather than be saddled with a console that offers a fraction of its intrinsic value? It’s a no-brainer, if you ask me.
5. One of the Ugliest Designs Ever
When the PS4 Slim was first revealed, people were quick to poke fun at its resemblance to burnt toast. It has an uninspired, cheap-looking and, to some, even ugly design. No way Sony was going to beat the more important PS4 Neo with the ugly stick, right? Wrong!
Looking at the PS4 Pro, one can’t help but wonder who at Sony thought taking the PS4 Slim, making it bigger and taller, and giving it another layer of burnt bread would be a good idea. Rather than toast, the system looks like a burnt Big Mac with sharp edges. How appetizing …
Needless to say, the PS4 Pro isn’t going to win any styling awards anytime soon, not unless it’s for the dubious honor of ugliest console ever made.
Is the PS4 Pro the complete upgrade over the original PS4 you were hoping for? Head to the comments section and let us know what you think about Sony’s questionable decisions.