Sony’s PlayStation 4 Pro boasts impressive performance for its price, packing support for upscaled 4K gaming and native 4K video streaming.
While games and multiplayer services are cheaper on PC, the PlayStation 4 Pro’s price makes it an attractive buy for local gamers.
To see what you get for your money, we compared the specifications and pricing of the PlayStation 4 Pro with an equally-powerful gaming PC.
The most important component involved in this comparison is the graphics processor.
The PlayStation 4 Pro shares 8GB of GDDR5 VRAM across its CPU and GPU, and boasts 4.2TFLOPS of processing power.
The specifications of the PlayStation 4 Pro are below.
|PlayStation 4 Pro|
|Processor||8-core AMD Jaguar CPU @ 2.13GHz|
|Graphics||4.2TFLOPS AMD Polaris GPU|
|I/O||1x HDMI, 3x USB 3.1 Gen 1, 1x S/PDIF, 1x Ethernet|
|Price||R6,999 (Dec Special – R5,999)|
For the comparative PC build, we used Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1060 3GB as the GPU to take on the PlayStation 4 Pro’s chip.
It is nearest to the PS4 Pro’s peak performance range, and is much cheaper than similar AMD Polaris graphics cards – which are popular among crypto miners.
Other components included an array of budget parts and an Intel 7th-gen CPU.
The PlayStation-equivalent PC, along with its South African pricing, is detailed below.
|Intel Pentium G4560||R982|
|ASUS H110M-K Motherboard||R991|
|Corsair Vengeance 8GB DDR4||R1,688|
|Palit GeForce GTX 1060 3GB StormX||R3,399|
|Seagate BarraCuda 1TB Hard Drive||R795|
|Raidmax 500W PSU||R471|
|Raidmax Vortex V4 Chassis||R501|
The cheapest PlayStation 4 Pro-equivalent gaming PC remains more expensive than the console, but not by a substantial margin.
It must be noted that gaming PCs do not require a monthly subscription for online gaming and usually feature cheaper games.
The PlayStation 4, however, offers a more “lounge-friendly” gaming and media solution, thanks to its sleek design and 4K HDR capabilities.