The PS4 Pro is finally out in the wild, and gamers have to decide on whether to make the jump or stick with their standard PS4. If you have a 4K TV, even better with HDR support, the perks coming with buying the new console are evident, but what if you’re stuck with a certainly cheaper 1080p TV or monitor?
In this case, things are a little less clear, and they definitely swing a lot depending on the game. We’ll start by analyzing Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, that has been for a while the visual crown jewel of the PS4 portfolio.
On a standard 1080p TV, the game is rendered at 1440p and downscaled to 1080p, which should result in a crisper image quality. Of course, it’s hard to know just how better it looks without a direct comparison, and that’s exactly what we set out to do.
We took a few screenshots of various scenes of the game on standard PS4 and on PS4 Pro, and you can see them below. The first image of each pair will be on standard PS4, followed by the one shot on the new console.
All images are saved in lossless PNG, recorded via an Elgato HD 60 capture device for the best possible fidelity. Keep in mind that they’re big files, so give them time to load. You may also want to refrain from loading them on mobile if you are on limited data, as they’ll eat it up quite fast.
Looking at the images, we can notice a few details: the first notion is that (perhaps unsurprisingly) you have to squint to notice the differences. The jump between 1080p and 1440p is a fair improvement, but it’s certainly incremental and not exponential.
The overall image quality is superior on PS4 Pro, but how relevant the improvement is depends a lot on each individual’s perception. Gone or much mitigated is the fairly disturbing dithering around complex edges like hair.
Aliasing is also reduced and more detail is noticeable overall. It isn’t a large difference, but it can be noticed if you’re sensitive to this kind of things. Below you can check out a few zoomed details, better showing the discrepancies.
Of course, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is just one of the many games that are and will be enhanced by PlayStation Pro, so whether the upgrade is the right choice for you or not, is a lot more complex than this.
Over the upcoming days and weeks, we’ll analyze more games, in order to paint a better and more complete picture.