Without a doubt, you won’t be able to take full advantage of the PS4 Pro until you upgrade to a 4K HDR capable tv. But it is still more powerful than the Slim so you will still notice an increase in some textures and frame rates on the Pro. Plus the PS4 Pro is supposed to run PSVR much better than the standard PS4 can. Buying the Pro is future proofing. And if you don’t already have a PS4, it makes sense to get the best version of it if you’re going to get one.
Is it worth it to buy the new PS4 Pro if you don’t have a 4K TV?
The PS4 Pro will still upgrade your PS4 games into 4K and add details. Without HDR support, the games will have the same color palette that you’re used to seeing on any current PS4 game. We don’t think you would be wasting money on the PS4 Pro because you’ll still be getting a more powerful system that will look better on your 4K TV. TVs that have HDR will just have more vibrant colors. Something that you likely won’t be able to even notice unless you had two PS4 Pros running right next to each other with one using HDR, and one without.
HDR is really awesome and can really bring a new depth to the colors in your game but when it comes down to it 4K is 4K whether it’s HDR or not. While it is a noticeable change, it’s only really noticeable if you are trying to do a comparison and things still look great with HDR off. We’ve been able to play some truly stunning looking games over the years without HDR, so there’s no reason to think a game looks bad without it.
The PS4 Pro sounds like it’s going to run most games natively at 1440p then upscale them to 4K so your monitor will be perfect for that. And while there are plenty of games to hold your attention, the consoles do offer exclusives that you’ve missed on PC. PS4 has some amazing titles like The Last of Us and Infamous: Second Son. They also have Horizon Zero Dawn and a new God of War coming soon.