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Review: The Sony PlayStation 4 Pro

New PlayStation 4 Pro comes with 4K UHD & HDR support

Nearly three years after the Sony PlayStation 4 (PS4) was launched, it gets an upgrade in the Sony PlayStation 4 Pro.

Unlike the first generation's double deck design, the PS4 Pro adds a third deck, making it taller when you place it flat on a table, or wider when it's upright.

The console also has more depth, so you will need to factor in extra space to keep the console securely placed on the TV rack.

The added heft comes with some benefits. For one, the upgraded PS4 Pro now supports 4K ultra high definition (UHD) and high dynamic range (HDR) graphics settings.

This means you get finer details and greater clarity. With HDR, the brightness, contrast and colour range is increased, revealing more realistic scenes.

Your screen must support 4K UHD and HDR for these features to kick in, though, and the results vary with different games.

GOOD INVESTMENT

Some games, like the upcoming Final Fantasy XV, will get an update that supports the 4K resolution, so you'll get to experience the lush landscape as it was intended. Games that are not already in 4k will be upscaled, too, but not natively rendered in 4K on the PS4 Pro.

Other improvements from the PS4 include a third USB port at the console's rear, which acts as a dedicated port for your PlayStation VR headset, while the first two can be used to charge the controllers.

I also felt some slight tweaks to the controllers, specifically a more accessible reach for the four trigger buttons at the corners. Physical buttons have also been implemented for the power and disc ejection switches.

The PS4 Pro costs $599. While the earlier PS4 Slim is cheaper by up to $150, the PS4 Pro is a good investment as a gaming system that assures a high quality 4K experience for future games.

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