PS5 vs. PS4 Pro: Which should you buy?

by Joseph K. Clark


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PS4 Pro

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 catalogue of upcoming exclusives, the PS5 is an absolutely fantastic console.

ps5 hero 5

$500 at Amazon


  • Ultra-fast SSD
  • 10.28 TFLOPS GPU
  • PSVR compatible
  • Digital Edition available
  • DualSense controller
  • Quieter fan


  • Large and heavy
  • Expensive

The PS4 Pro is nothing to sneeze at, even if 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.

$400 at Amazon


  • Cheaper than PS5 (in theory)
  • Smaller


The PS5 is leagues ahead of its younger sibling, but that doesn’t mean it’s the right console for everyone. The PS4 Pro can still deliver impressive gaming experiences at a (likely) cheaper cost. However, if you want the best of the best and always upgrade at the start of a new console generation, the PS5 is for you.

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