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Holiday Gift Guide: Should You Buy A PlayStation 4 Slim Or Pro?

Though the PlayStation 5 will launch late next year, now's the perfect time to pick up a PlayStation 4 Slim or Pro. Which one is best for you?

With the recent announcement that the PlayStation 5 will be launching sometime during 2020's holiday season, fans are eager to find out any details they can about the new system. However, gamers shouldn't be turning their backs on the PlayStation 4 just yet, as it still has a lot to offer and likely isn't leaving without a fight.

Six years after its initial release, the PS4 is still bringing in the big bucks. It is the second best-selling console of all time, according to a recent Sony report, and doesn't seem to be slowing down anytime soon, despite the fact that Sony's newest system will be rolling out in a year from now. The PS4's longevity is due to many factors, including its exclusive content, reliable hardware, and the strong foundation that Sony has built up over the years.

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As we approach 2019's holiday season, there's no shortage of deals that gamers can cash in on - and those hoping to pick up a PlayStation 4 are in luck. Stores such as Walmart Canada are already laying out holiday gift ideas for everyone you need to buy for, whether it be your teen siblings, your tech-savvy in-laws, or yourself (it's never a bad time to treat yourself to a new game or system). Fortunately, Walmart Canada's 2019 holiday gift ideas are perfect for everyone on your list so you don't have to spend too much time worrying and can instead sit back, relax, and perhaps even enjoy Death Stranding or Call of Duty: Modern Warfare on your brand new system.

Though the original PlayStation 4 is still available, its two newer versions, Slim and Pro, have become increasingly popular. The two systems may look pretty similar, but they vary drastically. Thankfully, we're here to help you figure out which one is best for you.

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PlayStation 4 Slim

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Though both the PS4 Slim and Pro have a lot of similarities - for example, they both play the same games and have the same peripherals - they're also very different and therefore offer distinct gaming experiences. The Slim, the eldest of the two versions, offers a sleek and aesthetically pleasing design. At 10.43 inches x 11.34 inches x 1.54 inches and weighing 4.6lbs, it is a lot slimmer than both the original PS4 and Pro.

One of the main advantages of the PS4 Slim is its power consumption. While the Pro uses a whopping 310W, the Slim only uses 165W. This is a pretty big difference, especially since the two consoles perform the same tasks. This means that, while the Slim is sitting idle, it is using far less power than the Pro, which means a lower electricity bill. The Slim is also much quieter than the Pro and is available at a lower price.

However, as every gamer knows, space is extremely important. While it's possible to buy external storage for the PS4, it's far more ideal to get a system with more internal space, especially if you plan to play a lot of games. Unfortunately, the Slim is only available with 500GB or 1TB storage, compared to the Pro, which comes with either 1TB or 2TB.

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PlayStation 4 Pro

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The PS4 Pro is Sony's premium console, and for good reason. It offers gamers a lot of things that the PS4 Slim doesn't, such as higher resolution, 4K HDR support, and enhanced graphics on supported titles.

Though the Pro is noticeably larger than the Slim at 11.61 inches x 12.87 inches x 2.17 inches and 7.3lbs, this isn't without reason. It offers the same or more internal storage and is overall a more powerful system. The Pro can be played on a 4K display and offers better graphics than the Slim when it comes to VR games. It also offers a boost mode feature, which gives games a small FPS increase and makes them appear to run smoother than on the Slim.

However, the most demanding games won't run at native 4K Ultra HD Solution on the Pro. Instead, the system runs games in near-4K resolution and upscales the picture. Though this doesn't look as good as native 4K, it isn't a very noticeable difference, especially for the cost. The Pro's GPU is also more than twice as powerful as that of the regular PS4 and Slim and it has an updated HDMI.

So, Which Should You Choose?

Overall, there are a lot of differences between the PS4 Slim and Pro. While the Slim is more affordable and uses less energy, the Pro offers better graphics and an overall superior gameplay experience.

It really depends on who you're buying the console for and what their needs are. If you prefer a sleek and smaller design and plan to play on 1080p display, then the Slim is the perfect option for you. However, if you don't mind spending a bit more and would rather experience 4K streaming and enhanced graphic support, then the Pro is your best bet. Depending on what you're looking for, either version of Sony's current consoles is sure to be a good choice for any gamer.

The PlayStation 4 Slim and Pro are both currently available, while Sony's newest console, the PlayStation 5, is expected sometime during next year's holiday season.

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