Next-gen is here
Sony's PS5 has one of the fastest SSDs on the market, making for unprecedented gameplay experiences and near-instant loading. Combined with a powerful GPU, the DualSense controller, a futuristic look, and a catalog of upcoming exclusives, the PS5 is an absolutely fantastic console.
+10.28 TFLOPS GPU
+Digital Edition available
-Large and heavy
-Hard to find
The PlayStation 4 Pro
The PS4 Pro was nothing to sneeze at when it first launched in 2016, but it's much weaker than the PS5. It still packs a 4.2 TFLOPS GPU and plays some of the best exclusive games in the business. It's not easy to find in stock, and refurbished units are often overpriced, though, so unless you see an excellent deal, you should skip this older system.
+Cheaper than PS5 (in theory)
-Weaker than PS5
-Fans can sound like a jet engine
-Extremely hard to find
Which console should you buy?
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The PS5 is leagues ahead of its younger sibling, but since it's still hard to find, it's understandable that some people may be interested in the older model. The PS4 Pro can still deliver an impressive gaming experience but its time in the sun has drawn to a close. If you want the best of the best and want to continue playing great new games, the PS5 is for you.
What's the difference?
If you're considering grabbing a PlayStation console, you've got a couple of options to choose from. Sony is still supporting its last-generation system, but a new generation is firmly here, bringing new games, features, and more for anyone that is capable of buying a PlayStation 5. Supply issues remain a thing, but if you have to choose, we'll run you through everything you should know about buying a new system. PS5 vs. PS4 Pro? It's pretty simple.
The differences between the PS5 and PS4 Pro are much more than cosmetic. Sony ensured that the PS5 had an entirely new architecture to meet today's standards. But, of course, players only expect the best. Therefore, many games will be coming to PS5 that can't run on PS4 Pro due to the sheer power and speed it takes to do so.
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|Header Cell - Column 0||PS5||PS4 Pro|
|Price||$499 MSRP||$399 MSRP|
|GPU||10.28 TFLOPS, 36 CUs @ 2.23 GHz Custom RDNA 2||4.2 TFLOPS, AMD Radeon|
|CPU||8x Cores @ 3.5GHz Custom Zen 2||8x cores @ 2.16 GHz Custom Jaguar|
|Memory||16GB GDDR6||8GB GDDR5|
|Storage||825GB SSD||1TB HDD|
|Optical drive||4K UHD Blu-Ray drive||1080p HD Blu-Ray drive|
|Weight||9.9 lbs||7.3 lbs|
|Size||15.3 x 4.1 x 10.2 inches||12.9 x 2.2 x 11.6 inches|
What do these features mean to you?
If you don't understand some of these terms or how they affect your gaming experience, we'll help break down their meaning and importance.
PS5 vs. PS4 Pro: CPU and GPU
The CPU (central processing unit) and GPU (graphics processing unit) work in tandem to deliver the best games that we all love to play. You can think of them as the brains of the console and determine its power and performance. The GPU creates and renders every image you have seen onscreen, and the CPU performs countless calculations to keep everything running. Bigger numbers in this regard are good because it means they can process information faster and more reliably.
The PS5's specs should eliminate bottlenecks found in previous generations, opening up new ways for developers to create games with more intricate gameplay systems in place.
This added power should also allow the PS5 to potentially render games at 8K resolution and even support 120 FPS, though not necessarily at the same time. For comparison, the PS4 Pro can hit 4K at 60FPS, but it does so infrequently and usually involves upscaling techniques or dynamic resolution. The PS5 should be able to hit this target much more consistently.
New features like ray-tracing are capable on PS5, and more improvements have come in the years following the launch of the PS5. Sony added PS5 VRR support, a feature on newer TV sets that allows games to refresh at uneven framerates. Now, dedicated patches are improving the stability for the list of PS5 games with VRR support.
PS5 vs. PS4 Pro: Memory and storage
Memory dictates how much data the system is currently using can be stored, read, and written at any given time. The PS5 uses 16GB of GDDR6 RAM (random-access memory), a much-increased capacity and bandwidth compared to the RAM found in the PS4 Pro. Everything you see on screen is data that needs to be pulled from your game download to render it. The better your RAM, the more efficient it does this.
The PS5 uses a solid-state drive (SDD) instead of the PS4 Pro's HDD (hard disc drive) for its storage. This is important because an SSD allows for more data to be read faster. An SSD has no moving parts, and data is stored on flash-memory chips. HDDs use moving mechanical parts to read/write information, thus making the process slower. Where the PS4 could load 1GB of data in 20 seconds, the PS5 can load 2GB in .27 seconds (in perfect conditions).
When everything you see on the screen needs to be rendered at lightning-fast speeds, you want an SSD. This will also cut back tremendously on load times, texture pop-in, and latency. It does not, however, affect frame rate or resolution.
Game installation should also work a little differently on the PS5. PlayStation architect Mark Cerny said that PS5 games could be downloaded in configurable blocks. "Rather than treating games like a big block of data," he said, "we're allowing finer-grained access to the data."
This means that players can download parts of a game separately, like its multiplayer and single-player campaigns. If you happen to beat a game's single-player campaign, you can uninstall it while still keeping its multiplayer installed.
PS5 vs PS4 Pro: PSVR support
Both the PS4 Pro and PS5 support PSVR. Initially, Sony detailed little about what PSVR will look like on PS5 other than stating that current PSVR headsets will work on it. The company is planning on a PSVR 2 headset sometime down the road, but it didn't launch alongside the PS5 in November 2020.
Global Head of R&D for PlayStation Dominic Mallinson indicated that he'd like to see PSVR on PS5 support eye-tracking and be completely wireless. He also said that he expects the resolution to "roughly double in the next set of VR products" with an increased field of view to 120-degrees. The controller should receive a massive overhaul as well.
For those who are unfamiliar with eye-tracking, it's a sensor technology that can track where a person's gaze is focused. This means that the device can track the position and motion of your eyes relative to your head and the screen, ideally reducing eye strain and improving performance and immersion.
Later, Sony shared more information, detailing the specs of the PS VR2, as well as sharing how the controllers are being improved. Dubbed the Sense Controller, these are a huge step up from the Move controllers used with the PS4.
Sony has also revealed one first-party PS VR2 game. Titled Horizon Call of the Mountain, it's being co-developed by Guerrilla Games and Firesprite as a VR experience in the world of Horizon.
PS5 vs. PS4 Pro: DualSense vs. DualShock 4
The DualSense controller is a major upgrade in almost every way compared to the DualShock 4. While it retains its inline symmetrical thumbstick layout, what lies underneath is far more important. The PS5 DualSense controller now supports haptic feedback and adaptive triggers, allowing players to actually feel the tension in actions that they perform, like pulling back a bowstring.
According to Sony:
"First, we're adopting haptic feedback to replace the rumble technology found in controllers since the 5th generation of consoles. With haptics, you truly feel a broader range of feedback, so crashing into a wall in a race car feels much different than making a tackle on the football field. You can even get a sense for a variety of textures when running through fields of grass or plodding through mud. The second innovation is something we call adaptive triggers, which have been incorporated into the trigger buttons (L2/R2). Developers can program the resistance of the triggers so that you feel the tactile sensation of drawing a bow and arrow or accelerating an off-road vehicle through rocky terrain. In combination with the haptics, this can produce a powerful experience that better simulates various actions. Game creators have started to receive early versions of the new controller, and we can't wait to see where their imagination goes with these new features at their disposal."
Sony's big focus next generation is immersion. Everything about the DualSense is meant to immerse you in the gameplay experience like never before. The DualShock 4 certainly wasn't capable of the same.
In addition to these significant features, the DualSense will have USB-C charging, a built-in microphone and Create button, and an improved lightbar. The face buttons also look as if they're much more tactile than those found on the DualShock 4. Overall, the DualSense sports a sleek design that's paired up with some pretty impressive technology.
PS5 vs. PS4 Pro: Exclusive games
Many of Sony's initial slate of first-party games, like Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Horizon Forbidden West, and God of War Ragnarok will release on both PS4 and PS5. But that isn't the case with all of them. There will be games only available on next-gen hardware like the PlayStation 5, and this number is only growing over time.
Games like Demon's Souls, Deathloop, and Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart were released exclusively on the newest hardware and this will continue in the years to come, with more and more exclusive first-party and third-party titles arriving on the PS5.
Already, we know of some more PS5-only games like Marvel's Spider-Man 2 and Marvel's Wolverine. In the years to come, you should expect PS4 support to slowly phase out as developers focus entirely on the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S.
PS5 vs. PS4 Pro: Backward compatibility
Backward compatibility is a way for older games to run on newer hardware. An overwhelming majority of the PS4's library — around 4,000 games — is playable on PS5. Many of these games also benefit from PS5 Game Boost, improving their performance and frame rate.
The PS4, including the Pro, has no sort of backward compatibility to speak of. So if you want to play older PS3 or PS2 games that you own, you'd need to re-buy them if they were ported over.
PS5 vs. PS4 Pro: User interface
The user interface on the PS5 is much more dynamic than the one found on PS4. Though it doesn't have themes (at least not at launch), the background changes depending on which game you're highlighting on the home screen. For example, if you pull up Spider-Man: Miles Morales, a background of Miles in his iconic suit will appear.
A few notable changes include a redesigned Control Center and the addition of Activity cards and Game Help. Activity cards now pop up when you open up the Control Center, and these allow you to pick certain stages or moments in a game that you want to hop into directly. Game Help is a new PlayStation Plus member perk that provides tips and walkthroughs for specific objectives in games that support it.
PS5 vs PS4 Pro: PlayStation Plus Collection
Sony also introduced PlayStation Plus Collection with the PS5. This is a new benefit for PlayStation Plus members that grants them access to a select number of PlayStation 4 hits. The 17 games currently available for the PlayStation Collection so far include:
- Batman Arkham Knight
- Battlefield 1
- Days Gone
- Detroit: Become Human
- Fallout 4
- Final Fantasy 15
- God of War
- Infamous: Second Son
- Monster Hunter World
- Mortal Kombat X
- Ratchet & Clank
- The Last Guardian
- The Last of Us: Remastered
- Uncharted 4
- Until Dawn
- Resident Evil 7
PS5 vs. PS4 Pro: Two different PS5 consoles
Sony's released a few different PS4s — like the PS4 Slim and PS4 Pro — over the years, but the company has only ever shipped one upon its initial launch. That's set to change with the PS5. Sony unveiled a digital edition of the PS5, which drops the disc drive in addition to the normal PS5.
Other than the absence of a disc drive on the PS5 Digital Edition, Sony CEO Jim Ryan says that both consoles are identical.
"As you saw, there is a small difference in the form factor of the two consoles, Ryan said. "I'm sure you also observed, the basic design aesthetic is consistent between them. So there is that and the fact that the digital edition does not have a disk drive. That is it. Other than that, they are identical products."
The PS5 costs $499, while the PS5 Digital Edition is priced at $399.
PS5 vs. PS4 Pro: Which should you buy?
There is no doubt that between these two consoles, the PS5 is superior in nearly every aspect. With far more advanced technology and the ability to play your old PS4 games, it's an easy choice. Unless the PS4 Pro drops drastically in price, we'd recommend anyone looking for a new console to get the PS5 Digital Edition at the very least. It costs just as much as the PS4 Pro usually, and you're getting a better system. As time goes on, PS5 restocks will become more common, and the console will be easier to get ahold of while the PS4 Pro will be harder and harder to get.
Already, it's borderline impossible to find a brand new PS4 Pro at or under its launch price. So unless you see a truly spectacular deal, don't waste your money. Instead, just keep trying to get a PS5. It may take a long time, but you will eventually grab one.
The best performance
Sony's latest and greatest has finally shipped alongside Microsoft's Xbox Series X. The next generation of gaming is here, and the PS5 already delivers some fantastic experiences.
PlayStation 4 Pro - 1TB
Still runs impressive games
While underpowered compared to the PS5, it's still a valid purchase option if you can somehow save some money. It runs some of the best games in the business today like God of War, Horizon Zero Dawn, and The Last of Us Part 2.
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Is it better to buy PS4 Pro or wait for PS5? ›
PS5 vs PS4 Pro verdict
In all honesty, there's little reason to buy a PS4 Pro right now unless your budget is very strict. Not only is the PS5 the more powerful console, Sony's efforts to enable backward compatibility means that even if you buy a PS5, but you also won't miss out on the PS4's finest experiences.
If you're done playing through most of your PS4 library and are ready to play PS5 exclusives or enjoy the next-gen versions of your favorite series, it makes sense to upgrade. Upgrading from a base PS4 to a PS5 also brings 4K gaming, making it more of a jump than upgrading from a PS4 Pro.Is it worth to buy PS5 If you have PS4? ›
Now more than ever, Sony's latest console is worth your investment and there has never been a better time to upgrade. Everything about the PS5 screams next-gen. From its outlandish but sleek design, comfortable DualSense controller, and stellar 4K graphics, the PS5 is a major upgrade over the PS4.What should I choose PS4 or PS5? ›
- From the Games Home Screen, go to the Game Library.
- Select the game and press X.
- Select the [...] button on the screen to view options.
- Select the version of the game you want to download or play.
We wouldn't recommend paying more than $200 for a PS4 in 2022. With a PS4, you can still enjoy cross-play with PS5 players in many games. Plus, you can take most of your games with you when you upgrade to a PS5 (either through backward compatibility or free upgrade offers).Is PS4 Pro worth buying now? ›
The PS4 Pro was Sony's most powerful console before the launch of the PS5, but even following the launch doesn't take away from the fact it's still a significant bit of gaming kit. Its slick design and 4K capabilities mean it still performs incredibly well, even when compared to its next-gen equivalent.Should I replace my PS4 with PS5? ›
Not at all. The PS4 still delivers clear and precise gameplay imaging suitable for all PS4 games. But if you'd like to play games with more detail or faster movement, the PS5 will most likely be a better fit. And with the right gaming TV, the PS5 can even produce a video output in 4K or 8K.What is the benefit of owning a PS5? ›
PS5 consoles can store compatible PS4 and PS5 games to USB drives that support SuperSpeed USB4. That means you can save space on the internal Ultra-High Speed SSD, and save time by reinstalling PS5 games from the external USB drive, instead of redownloading them or installing from a disc.How much more powerful is the PS5 to the PS4 Pro? ›
Referring to that single number, the PS5's GPU is roughly eight times more powerful than the PS4 and two and a half times more powerful than the PS4 Pro. Sony is able to achieve such high performance because of the PS5's 36 CUs and higher clock speed.Which PlayStation is best? ›
The best gaming console
Why we picked the PlayStation 5: With lightning-fast load speeds, a new controller, and a phenomenal lineup of titles (including fan favorites and new exclusives), the PS5 is the best plug-and-play gaming platform available.
Is PS5 even worth getting? ›
If your PS4 still works well, and you still enjoy playing games on it, there doesn't seem much point upgrading to the PS5. While the PS5 is capable of improving the performance of some PS4 games thanks to a feature called Game Boost, for most people the difference isn't drastic enough to consider upgrading.Is PS5 currently worth it? ›
The PS5 is a genuine leap forward for console gaming, offering gorgeous 4K performance, stunningly fast load times and a truly game-changing controller that makes playing games more immersive and tactile than ever. It plays nearly all PS4 games, and, in many cases, allows them to run and load better than ever before.Does it matter if you buy a PS4 game for PS5? ›
PS5 is fully backward compatible with PS4, and you can use it as if it is a PS4, including buying and downloading PS4 games from the store, and playing PS4 games from disc (if you have the disc version). Most PS4 games will just be plain old PS4 games, and run just like on a PS4.Are PS5 games higher quality than PS4? ›
If they have a next-gen update, then they'll get higher resolution and more eye candy. So yes, they'll definitely look better. In short, the graphical capabilities of the PS5 are massively more impressive than the PS4. The PS5's GPU will have more cores, and those cores will be faster and more efficient.How long will PS4 Pro be supported? ›
As a result, Sony plans to continue supporting the PlayStation 4, right, until 2025.Is PS4 Pro coming back? ›
Sony Japan has confirmed that it has ceased production on the PS4 Pro. Only one base PlayStation 4 model will continue. Stock of every PS4 and PS4 Pro, apart from the standard Jet Black slim console, will not be replenished when retailers sell out.How many years can a PS4 Pro last? ›
On average, a PS4 can last 5 years at least. However, things could be different in certain cases. To make sure your PS4 can last longer, you need to take care of it in your daily life.Is PS4 Pro obsolete? ›
Sony has informed its manufacturing partners that production of the PS4 console will continue throughout 2022. As Bloomberg reports(Opens in a new window), Sony never officially stated when PS4 production would end, but "people familiar with the matter" said the end of 2021 was Sony's previous cutoff date.Why PS4 Pro is the best? ›
Performance in games
The PS4 Pro has a similar processor but it runs faster, at 2.1GHz. It also has faster RAM - still 8GB of GDDR5, but capable of up to 218GB/s. This all means that its processing abilities run at around 1.3 times the speed of its stablemate, while the RAM has 24 per cent more bandwidth.
After committing to manufacturing more PS4 units earlier this year, Sony has stopped reporting the sales figure for the best-selling console. This just in: Sony has "killed" the PlayStation 4. The PS4 couldn't quite sell a few million more units to reach the 120 million mark.
What are the downsides of the PS5? ›
- This big, curvy boy might not fit in your entertainment center.
- Fan sometimes makes high-pitched noise.
- Controller may feel too big for some.
- Few must-have exclusives.
- 667GB of usable storage.
- You need the latest TV tech to take full advantage.
- Lags behind Series X and S when it comes to loading times.
- Make Sure You're Using the Right HDMI.
- Transfer Data from Your PS4 to PS5.
- Download PlayStation Plus Collection Games.
- Preset Game Options.
- Explore Accessibility Features and Settings.
- Adjust 3D Audio.
- Save Your Controller Battery.
- Adjust Create Button Shortcuts.
- Move Your PS4 Games To External Storage. ...
- Get Your Game Saves Ready. ...
- Sync Your Trophies. ...
- Manage Your Saved Screenshots And Videos. ...
- Check Your Sign-In Credentials. ...
- Order A PSVR Adapter. ...
- Get Some Space Ready.
As for graphics, this is even more diverse. While all feature Radeon chips, the standard PS4's GPU is capable of 1.84 TFLOPS, the PS4 Pro 4.20 TFLOPS. In comparison, the PS5 has 10.3 TFLOPS of power (running across 36 compute units) available for developers to make the most of.Is PS5 getting a Pro version? ›
It's a suggestion we've heard before too. In late May 2022, TCL held a press conference about future TVs that indicated it expects a PS5 Pro model to release in either 2023 or 2024 (alongside equivalents for the Xbox Series X and S).Which console should i buy in 2022? ›
- Sony PlayStation 5 – BEST GAME CONSOLE.
- Nintendo Switch – BEST PORTABLE GAME CONSOLE.
- Microsoft Xbox Series S - BEST BUDGET CHOICE. 4.0.
- Xbox Cloud Gaming.
- Nintendo Switch Lite.
|1||PlayStation 2 (PS2)||Sony|
|2||Nintendo DS (DS)||Nintendo|
|3||Game Boy (GB)||Nintendo|
|4||PlayStation 4 (PS4)||Sony|
Many Amazing Exclusive Games Will Be Released on the PS5 in 2023. The main reason you should be buying a console is for the games. And many incredible PS5-exclusive games are coming to the console in 2023.Is buying PS5 worth it in 2022? ›
B.N. Is it worth buying a PS5 in 2022 or 2023? Absolutely. Even more so because they are gradually becoming more available, and there are more and more games coming out.Is it worth to buy PS4 in 2022? ›
One could argue that the PS4 costs less than both versions of the PS5. The latter has also suffered shortages in supplies, creating difficulties for makers and buyers alike. If one's desperate to play Sony's expansive catalog of first-party games, it will make sense to acquire the older-generation console even in 2022.
Is PS5 discontinuing? ›
The current PS5 will apparently be replaced by a smaller model with a detachable disc drive. The current PlayStation 5 model will reportedly be brought out of production towards the end of 2023, as Sony looks to focus on a new, slimmer console.Is PS5 losing money? ›
PS5: Sony's profit is declining
In fact, it has decreased from 47.2 million to 45.4 million in a single year, despite Sony's efforts to boost its offering by introducing a new PS Plus with three tiers: Essential, Extra, and Premium.
If you don't have the money for a good PC or you just want to sit on the couch while playing, go for the PS5! I don't think the PS6 will come out before 2026… Will the PS4 Pro support PS5 games?What should I do with my PS4 if I have a PS5? ›
Play PS4 games on PS5 with backwards compatibility
All your digital PS4 games from PlayStation Store will be available via your game library as soon as you sign in on either console, and with PlayStation Plus cloud storage** you can easily take your save game files from PS4 to PS5 (and back again).
You can continue it elsewhere on your PS4, with your saved game intact. Make It a PS5 Jr. Upon the PlayStation 5's release, Sony added a feature to the PS4 to stream directly from it, giving you a second console to access content that's on your shiny, new PS5.What PS4 games can't be played on PS5? ›
- Afro Samurai 2 Revenge of Kuma Volume One.
- TT Isle of Man Ride on the Edge 2.
- Just Deal With It!
- Robinson: The Journey.
- We Sing.
- Hitman Go: Definitive Edition.
The PS5 has some clear upgrades over the PS4, including a more powerful graphics performance, faster loading times and superior cooling. But it also has a few drawbacks too, with the cumbersome design and increased price likely putting many gamers off.Should I buy PS4 games or wait for PS5? ›
Even if you don't see any PS5 games you want to play right now, and all you want to play are PS4 games, it would still be worth purchasing the PS5. There could be PS5 games that come out later down the line that you end up wanting. Plus, many PS4 games will be enhanced for the PS5 with a free downloadable update.Is worth buying PS5 or wait? ›
If your PS4 still works well, and you still enjoy playing games on it, there doesn't seem much point upgrading to the PS5. While the PS5 is capable of improving the performance of some PS4 games thanks to a feature called Game Boost, for most people the difference isn't drastic enough to consider upgrading.How long will PS4 last after PS5? ›
As a result, Sony plans to continue supporting the PlayStation 4, right, until 2025.
Will there be a PlayStation 5 Pro? ›
Sony is no stranger to mid-generation console refreshes, having released the PS4 Pro three years after the initial PlayStation 4 hit the market. Now it is rumoured to be planning similar with the PS5. Speculation abounds that a PlayStation 5 Pro is in the works, possibly for release in 2023.Is PS5 worth buying yet? ›
The PS5 is a genuine leap forward for console gaming, offering gorgeous 4K performance, stunningly fast load times and a truly game-changing controller that makes playing games more immersive and tactile than ever. It plays nearly all PS4 games, and, in many cases, allows them to run and load better than ever before.Will PS5 be easier to get in 2023? ›
After two years and change, Sony says the PS5 should be easier to find. If you or a loved one has been struggling to find a PlayStation 5 since its launch in 2020, Sony says the box should be easier to find in your store of choice in 2023.What is the difference between PS5 and PS5 Pro? ›
The headline news is that the PS5 Pro's GPU that could offer up to twice the performance of that of the PS5. It's also said to be capable of running 4K games natively, and at a higher FPS than the PS5. If you're after the granular tech details, take a look at RedGamingTech's video below.Why are PS5 so hard to get still? ›
Unfortunately, Sony's facing three major issues. First is the global health crisis. The global pandemic caused another problem: a global chip shortage. Many chip manufacturers haven't been able to supply as many semiconductor chips which would help PS5 production meet the gamers' demand.Why are PS5 so cheap now? ›
Why are PS5 so cheap now? Due to the ongoing global supply chain issues, including shortage of fundamental chips used in the production of the console, any PS5 stock is snapped up immediately—and probably by scalpers.How long will there be a PS5 shortage? ›
The Future of the PS5
The PS5 Shortage will likely last through 2023 so long as the semiconductor shortage and scalpers continue to impact supply and availability.
It's definitely worth buying. If you are waiting on the ps6, you could be waiting another 3 or 4 years. Even then, who's to say that they will be readily available. That 3 or 4 years could turn out to be 5–7 years of waiting to get your hands on a ps6.