PS5 vs PS4 Pro: should you upgrade?

PS5 vs PS4 Pro: should you go for Sony’s current-generation best or hold out for a next-gen power upgrade? We now know the launch date and price of the new PS5, so the decision on whether to upgrade is becoming rather pressing.

If you’re looking to get a PS5 pre-order, by the way, we’ve rounded up all the best deals from around the globe, so check out our dedicated page to find out where you can get your hands on one.

But if you’re still unsure about whether the new PS5 is for you, then let’s start with what the PS4 Pro offers.

Released in 2016, the Pro offered a step-up from the standard PS4 with an increase in power that made it 4K-ready and established it as the best way to play exclusives like Ghost of TsushimaThe Last of Us 2 and Horizon: Zero Dawn

It convinced plenty of base-level PS4 owners to upgrade and drew in a number of 4K TV owners hoping to make the most of their screens.

But when the PS5 arrives in November 2020, the PS4 Pro will no longer be the most powerful Sony console in town. Of course, power isn’t everything—there’s so much more to consider when it comes to choosing a console. Before choosing between the PS4 Pro and the PS5 you’ll need to look at how they stack up and decide where your money is better spent.

The PS4 Pro vs PS5 dilemma is going to be one faced by a lot of gamers in the coming months but to help you pick the console that’s best for you we’ve created a guide for all the essential details about the consoles so far, including prices, specs and big game releases.

Sony’s top-tier PS5 will cost $499.99 / £449.99 / AU$749.95, while the PlayStation 5 Digital Edition (identical, except without a disc drive) comes in at $399.99 / £349.99 / AU$599.95. 

Both versions of the console will launch on November 12 in the USA, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea, but the rest of the world (including the UK and Ireland) will need to wait until November 19 to get its hands on them. Select retailers will be accepting pre-order from September 17.

That’s $100 more than the PS4 Pro launch cost of $399 (£349, AU$559) – but that’s to be expected. It’s a brand new machine using cutting edge technology, whereas the PS4 Pro was built upon the foundations of the existing PS4.

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