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Since its release, November 10th, 2016, the PlayStation 4 Pro has made its mark on the console community. While it wasn’t the best selling Playstation model, it did well hitting the 100million mark in terms of units sold. The same is true of here in South Africa, being a popular console, and extensively used in competitions as well.

So what can be said about the Playstation 4 Pro? In this article we’re going to take a look at the console, we’ll take a look at owning one here in South Africa and end off on where to look at second-hand units. So let’s get to it.

What Does the PlayStation 4 Pro Come With:

  • Product name: PlayStation®4
  • Product code: CUH-2000 series
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  • Main processor: Single-chip custom processor
  • CPU: x86-64 AMD “Jaguar”, eight cores
  • GPU: 1.84 TFLOPS, AMD Radeon™ based graphics engine
  • Memory: GDDR5 8GB
  • Storage size: 500GB, 1TB
  • External dimensions: Approx. 265×39×288 mm (width × height × length)
    (excludes largest projection)
  • Mass: Approx. 2.1 kg
  • BD/ DVD drive: (read-only) BD × 6 CAV & DVD × 8 CAV
  • Input/ Output: Super-Speed USB (USB 3.1 Gen1) port × 2
  • AUX port: × 1
  • Networking: Ethernet(10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T)×1, IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth®v4.0
  • Power: AC 100-240V, 50/60Hz
  • Power consumption: Max. 165W
  • Operating Temperature: 5 ºC – 35ºC
  • AV output: HDMI™ out port (HDR output supported)

So what does that all mean? Well, the PlayStation 4 Pro is fitted with an AMD 8 core processor. It comes with Bluetooth connectivity for the controller connectivity. There are two different types, one coming with a 500GB hard drive, or another with the 1TB hard drive. purchasing-a-second-hand-playstation-4-pro-pic3

In terms of ports, you have your standard HDMI out, which is also HDR supported — having the HDR supported means the best quality video quality on an HDR screen. The PlayStation 4 Pro also has an AUX output, should you want to run your audio, either for movies and series, or your games, through a separate sound system.

The Ethernet port can either be used by connecting to the WiFi, or by connecting an Ethernet cable. Playing online has taken the gaming community, whether console, mobile, or pc, by storm. Having internet connectivity, and a decent one is a must if you want to get the most out of your PlayStation 4.

Gaming on the PlayStation 4 Pro:

Gaming on a PlayStation has not changed much since the PlayStation 1 was released all those many years back. The memes about the PlayStation, Xbox, and Nintendo are true. Sony has a formula, and for the most part, they have stuck to it. Of course, there have been improvements over the years, but there hasn’t been much change to the actual design of the controller. All the buttons and the joysticks are in the same place.

purchasing-a-second-hand-playstation-4-pro-pic4With the controller not changing much, what has changed? The only thing that can change when going from a PlayStation 3 to a PlayStation 4 then, the graphics and the storage capacity. However, with the PlayStation 4 and the Pro, you could change your storage from the standard hard drive to a solid-state drive. That’s great news! Sony designed the PlayStation 4 range to have a removable hard drive. There are multiple guides online on how to do the changeover. In those tests, the startup performance has been well over 6 seconds (it doesn’t sound like much, but it does make a difference).

Will changing from the standard hard drive in your PlayStation, to the solid-state drive, improve your graphics? The answer to this a definite no! The game you play could have a better load time, but this will in no way improve the graphics capabilities of the PlayStation 4 Pro.

Sony PlayStation 4’s Exclusive Games:

Like Microsoft’s Xbox, the Sony has released a number of exclusive titles. Most notable is God of War and Marvel’s Spider-Man, both of which had amazing releases at rAge. Those aren’t the only exclusives that deserve being mentioned, The Last of Us Part 2 and Uncharted 4 are two titles that gained a lot of attention for the PlayStation 4, having graphics and story line’s that made those who played it wanting more.

PlayStation 4 Games:

Apart from the exclusives, the PlayStation 4 Pro could also play the usual titles that were released for consoles and PC gamers alike. Therefore, one could play Forza Horizon 4, Fifa (all the years released since 2016), and the most notable one of them all, Fortnite. It pained me to say that Fortnite was the most notable one, but it is true. Fortnite was able to do what many thought would never be possible, cross platform play between the console and the pc players. Sony was always against cross platform play, but thanks to Epic Games, we now have that for Fortnite.

Can you purchase a decent second-hand PlayStation 4?

Yes, you can purchase a decent second-hand unit. However, this can be tricky. I spoke to PWNED Games about their second-hand units and asked for some advice, and you can read about it all in the article of the PlayStation 3. We will summarize some of the pointers below:

  • Always take a look at the controller; if the joysticks are well worn, loose, or don’t feel too responsive, the unit has been well used.
  • You will want to turn the unit on to test if it works. The PlayStation 4 does not have the YLOD feature that the PlayStation 3 had, however, some light indicators should put you off that second-hand unit. The first is Blinking Blue Lights, while this isn’t a clear indicator that something is wrong, it should be of some concern. Second is the Red Light, this might be a bit more difficult to figure out when purchasing, but if you do see the Red Light, it means the unit has overheated. Sometimes there could be permanent damage to it. Lastly, there is a White Light; this could be because there is no HDMI connection, but could also indicate a problem with the HDMI port.
  • How much you are willing to spend on a PlayStation4 Pro is entirely up to you. You could look at anything from R3000-00 to about R5000-00, depending on which PlayStation 4 Pro you are looking at purchasing. I would recommend looking at a reputable company like PWNED Games as they look over the unit before they put it on their website for sale.

Final Thoughts:

The PlayStations 4 Pro was and still is, a great console to buy. It competes against the Xbox One S. Sony has its fair share of exclusives, which includes, but is not limited to, God of War and Marvel’s Spider-Man. Both of those games did well upon release and sparked an interest in the PlayStation 4. The Pro version of the console works well. However, I feel that it’s price, for a second-hand unit, is still pretty high for what you get. You may not get all the cool exclusives as the two mentioned earlier, but the Xbox One S goes for a lot less second0-hand, and it works just as well. Having said that, though, you can’t go wrong with the Sony PlayStation brand, but you would need to look at what you’d want to do with the console. Whatever your decision, though, let us know in the comments below.
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