The problem with the PS4 Pro, ultimately, if we are real about it, all things considered, and relatively speaking, the PS4 Pro is actually underpowered. 3 Years after the release of the older standard PS4, and this is what Sony gives us? The PS4 Pro was meant to be a notable upgrade or more to the point should have been a notable upgrade. But all Sony gave us was an incompetent minor tweak here-&-there. Not good enough if we are honest. The Microsoft Scorpio is more like what we need, but Sony just threw us some crumbs.
PS4 Pro is the loser in the console battle this year
Sony had a chance to beef-up the CPU, which is known for strangling the output. But Sony took no action to rectify the situation. Quite stupid really. Sony gave us a token gesture rusty coin. It amounts to a minor tweak to the overall spec, which quite frankly denotes incompetence and deplorable penny pinching on Sony’s part. Note the power of the GPU and CPU. Let’s look at the GPU first. Sony is claiming a 4.2 TFLOP GPU. And while they don’t call out the clocks of the CPU, we can safely assume that it’s merely an overclocked version of the current PS4 CPU. However, don’t expect PC-level clocks here. We have a 2.0-2.1 GHz clock speed – a woefully underpowered CPU.
As a brief aside, recall that Microsoft explicitly called out that Scorpio will have 6 TFLOPs of GPU power. Yes, it’s not releasing until next year. But that does not change the fact that the PS4 Pro is objectively underpowered compared to its competition.
The PS4 Pro fails to deliver even on 4K gaming
Remember, Sony touted 4K throughout the entirety of the advertisement. However, here is some harsh truth for you all. A 4.2 TFLOP GPU paired with a 2.1 GHz CPU is simply not enough to game in 4K at 60 frames per second. An acceptable framerate one expects from a so-called “next gen” console. In other words, simply doubling the GPU power and slightly overclocking a severely underpowered CPU is simply not enough to output 4 times the pixels at double the framerate.
The GTX 980 – a two-year-old GPU – is rated at 4.9 TFLOPs. That GPU cannot output modern games at native 4K with acceptable framerate. And that’s when it’s paired with an i7 3770k, an extremely popular and powerful CPU.