PS4 Pro: How Portable Is it? We Tested it By Taking it on a 12-Hour Intercontinental Flight to Tokyo
The original PS4 is one of the most portable home consoles currently on the market, but can the bigger and heavier PS4 Pro involve the same ease of transportation?
For an home console, the PS4 is quite portable, at least if you don’t plan to play with it on the go. Even its original model (before the introduction of the slimmed-down CUH-2000 model) fits with no issues in your carry-on luggage even for the longest trips.
But what if you don’t want to compromise with power, and you’d like to bring your brand new PS4 Pro with you? Is it still as portable as its predecessor?
In order to verify, I brought mine on a twelve-hour flight to Tokyo. Turns out that the new console is still quite easy to transport, as long as you know what you’re doing.
Before I move on, here is the usual disclaimer: DualShockers takes no responsibility for any arm you cause to your console, yourself or others by following the steps described below.
The first decision you’ll have to take is to whether to include the console in your carry-on luggage, or to check it in with your suitcase and have it stored in the plane’s cargo hold.
I definitely advise against the second option. Checked in luggage gets lost, at times stolen, and anyone who has seen the inner workings of an airport, probably knows that it gets treated pretty roughly. I cringe every time I see my suitcase slam violently against the bottom of the conveyor belt when its gets dropped from the slide. I’d probably panic if I had a gaming console in it.
The obvious solution is to have the PS4 Pro in your carry-on luggage, and here you might hit a bump in the road: if you happen to have a bag designed especially to carry a PS4, the PS4 Pro most likely won’t fit.
As you can see below, my officially-licensed PS4 bag, which had a nice and snug fit for the original console, is just shy of holding the Pro.
Being quite a bit bigger than its predecessor, you’ll need a bag that can hold in item measuring roughly 35x30x5 centimeters, or 14x12x2 inches.
In my experience, laptop bags are the best option. They’re nicely padded and usually waterproof, which is exactly what you need to carry a console.
Normally, a bag able to carry a 15.6” laptop will do the trick, but before purchasing you should check the three sizes mentioned above. My personal choice fell on a Hewlett Packard 15.6” Signature Topload bag. It fits the pro almost perfectly, and at $40 it’s also pretty cheap.
The bag doesn’t need to be a perfect fit. As a matter of fact, a little bit of wiggle room, as long as it’s not so much that the console will move around, is actually a good thing, because you’ll have to take the PS4 pro out at least once.
Incidentally, it’s also a good idea to select a bag equipped with a shoulder strap. It’s much more comfortable.
If you’re flying internationally, before you lock the console in the bag, you’ll probably want to file a form certifying that you own it. Every nation has its own formalities, and you should check with your local customs to know exactly what you need to do, but most documents of this kind require the console’s serial number, so it’s better to do it before the PS4 Pro is in the bag.
It’s also a good idea to carry a copy of your purchase receipt. This kind of documentation has the purpose of avoiding claims that you might have purchased it at your destination when you go through customs on your return trip.
To be honest, it never happened to me, but better safe than sorry.
After the console is in the bag, you need to find room for your DualShock 4 and cables. In order to travel lighter, it’s better to store those in your checked-in luggage. They’re a lot more durable than the console itself, so they don’t need as much care.
It’s a good idea to have them all in their own bag within your suitcase. When storing the cables, remember that in certain countries you’ll need the appropriate adapter to fit the local power outlets.
Now it’s time to go to the airport. When carrying your PS4 Pro around, of course you need to be fairly careful. As padded as your bag can be, violent shocks risk to damage the console, so avoid collisions with objects, your own legs or others.
Most long-range airlines allow a laptop bag on top of your carry-on luggage, so depending on the company you fly with, you might be able to carry your console simply by treating it as a laptop.
The security check is basically the only slightly tricky part. That’s not because the PS4 Pro might not pass security — it certainly will — but simply because, like with laptops, you’ll be required to pull it out of the bag and place it in a separate tray. This is where having a bag that affords you a little wiggle room comes in handy. You might attract a few puzzled gazes, but you’re proud to be a gamer, aren’t you?
After you’re done with security, it’s time to relax, have an espresso and wait for boarding.
After boarding the flight, you can put the console in the overhead lockers. There shouldn’t be a problem in placing other bags on top of it, as long as they aren’t super-heavy.
Twelve hours later, after landing safely, here is my PS4 Pro at the airport of Tokyo Narita.
Your odyssey might not yet be at its end, because you’ll probably still have to take a train or bus from the airport, and the same advice for the rest of the trip goes here. Be wary of collisions and you should be fine.
And no, you don’t need to pull the console out like I did in the picture below, but I decided to let my console take a glimpse at its motherland.
After reaching your destination, it’s time to pull the console and its cables out of your luggage. If you did everything right, it should work perfectly fine.
And in fact, my PS4 Pro turned on without any issue. Welcome to Tokyo!
Incidentally, the contents of this article can easily apply to any console that isn’t super-large or massively heavy. Of course, the measurements of the bag you’ll need will vary.
That said, the PS4 series comes with an important detail. Its internal components are extremely tightly packed, which makes it more impervious to unforeseen circumstances during travel. The same could be said, for instance, about the new Xbox One S, but it doesn’t apply to the original Xbox One.