PS4 Pro and PS4 Slim were both announced back in September 2016. You can watch the event here. The PS4 Pro was priced at $399 and the PS4 Slim at $299 which is roughly around Rs. 26,538 for the PS4 Pro and Rs. 19,887 for the PS4 Slim. But, when these consoles actually reached India in February 2017, Pro retailed at Rs. 38,990 and and the Slim for Rs. 27,990. We see almost a Rs. 10,000 (roughly $150) price difference, which is why Sony’s Indian fanboys need to make an informed decision when choosing between the two consoles.
PS4 Slim vs PS4 Pro: Specs
Before we discuss the main topic further, first let’s see the significant differences between the two versions on paper.
|PS4 Pro||PS4 Slim|
|CPU||2.1GHz 8-core AMD Jaguar||1.6GHz 8-core AMD Jaguar|
|GPU||4.2 TFLOPs AMD Radeon||1.84 TFLOPs AMD Radeon|
|Memory||8GB DDR5 + 1GB DRAM||8GB DDR5|
|USB 3.1 Ports||3||2|
From the table it’s pretty clear that the PS4 Pro is ought to perform much better than the PS4 Slim (atleast on paper) because of the 4x higher GPU configuration. A better CPU on top of the additional 1GB DRAM that will help the PS4 Pro handle background tasks better than the Slim. Also, let’s not forget only the Pro supports 4K.
Reasons to get the PS4 Slim in India rather than the PS4 Pro
Let the best PS4 win! Below is a list of few reasons why I think you should get a PS4 Slim instead of a PS4 Pro given you are not a hardcore gamer:-
1. The price
We, the Indian casual gamers tend to be price conscious and let’s be true to ourselves. Most of us decide to get consoles because a Gaming PC is ridiculously expensive. Given the price difference of almost Rs. 11,000 on all e-tailers in India between the PS4 Pro and PS4 Slim, it’s already a huge pointer. But, read the other reasons too at which point I hope you’d be convinced.
2. The same games
It was already announced by Sony that there won’t be any PS4 Pro exclusives, meaning any game that comes out for PlayStation 4 will be equally playable (though performance may differ) on the PS4 Original, PS4 Slim and PS4 Pro. Since, Sony has stuck to that promise till now, it’s safe to assume they’ll continue doing that.
3. Not all games support 4K
The truth is though PS4 Pro boasts 4K at 60fps capability, not a lot of developers have been designing their games to use that potential. Only certain titles like Neon Chrome, NBA 2K17 support native 4K at 60fps. Is it worth it to get a 4K 60fps capable console which only has a few games that supports it and you might not even be interested in the games that do support it. Moreover, developers are going to start concentrating on the next gen console because, it’s almost the end of PS4’s cycle.
4. Do you have a 4K display?
OK. Even if we assume some games that do support 4K at 60fps are well within your interest, do you have a good 4K monitor or TV? If not, you might have to reconsider your decision.
5. No extended warranty on Indian consoles
I think this should have been the No. 1 reason, but I will just keep it here because not everyone is concerned with it. While Hong Kong PS4s can have their warranty extended for just a mere 298HKD (Rs. 2,583), Indian PS4s don’t have that option and have to look for 3rd parties which cost significantly higher.
Let’s pray it never happens, but, if your PS4 Pro were to die after 1 year, you’ll have to shell out a lot of money on replacing the console from Sony for a discounted price (around 30% the MRP at the time). In such a situation, I’d be happy knowing I didn’t waste Rs. 11,000.
6. Use the money you save for extra accessories
You’d be saving Rs. 11,000 which can go towards a 1TB external Hard Drive (around Rs. 4,000), God of War Disc (around Rs. 3,000) and an extra DualShock 4 controller (around Rs. 4,000). These prices will go down during an offer and there are tons of other accessories to choose from.
7. We got better PS4 Slim Bundles than PS4 Pro Bundles
PS4 Slim 500GB Bundle with Uncharted 4, Horizon Zero Dawn, Gran Turismo Sport and 3 months of PlayStation Plus on Flipkart costs Rs. 29,750 while the PS4 Pro Bundle with an additional DS4 controller costs Rs. 40,290.
I did the math and found the Slim Bundle gives you benefits worth Rs. 5,300 roughly and the PS4 Pro Bundle gives you a benefit of roughly Rs. 4,000. But, 3 months of PlayStation Plus is definitely the deal-breaker here because you will have access to some awesome games for free for the next 3 months given you have a fast internet connection. If we were to weigh in the benefits of the PlayStation Plus membership, the initial Rs. 5, 300 benefit would double.
The next few points shouldn’t bother everyone a lot, but here they are.
8. Size and weight
The PS4 Pro with a dimension of 295×55×327mm weighs around 3.3 Kg in comparison to the Slim with a dimension of 265×39×288mm which weighs around 2.1 Kg. If portability matters, it should be a sigh of relief for you knowing the PS4 Slim is more than 1 Kg lighter and less chunkier than the PS4 Pro.
9. Power consumption
This matters if you plan on using a UPS or an Inverter for your PS4. The PS4 Pro on Sony’s website has a maximum power consumption of 310 W while the Slim version has half of that, i.e., 165 W. But, I haven’t noticed my PS4 Slim cross 100 W usage even during heavy gameplay. And, the question always has been if the PS4 needs a UPS which we have talked about.
I believe I have given you 7 good reasons to choose the PS4 Slim over PS4 Pro if you are in India and are a casual gamer. That being said, the PS4 Pro is definitely is a very powerful console and if money isn’t a factor and you have a great 4K TV, you should definitely buy the PS4 Pro.
On a related note, I recently unboxed the PS4 Slim 500GB Bundle. Watch the video below:-