Everybody is talking about Solid State Drive (SSD) as the ultimate best data storage solution for computers and game consoles. This issue leads us to question the validity of using an SSD with PS4 PRO, and whether it’s good enough and worth the big amount of money paid for it, or a mechanical hard disk drive (HDD) should be on the top of the priority list when it comes to upgrading the stock storage device of PS4 PRO.
The need for upgrade
We hope to see more developers take the route seen in Rise of the Tomb Raider, offering a range of presets, but with the CPU only seeing a small increase in power compared to the GPU bump, we can’t expect PS4 Pro to be able to hand in 60fps presentations for all base PS4 titles running at half the frame-rate. Has PlayStation 4 Pro managed to live up to its marketing? PS4 PRO comes with only 1TB of storage capacity featured by a regular 2.5″ hard drive, and that doesn’t seem sufficient to a wide variety of fanboys.
By and large, yes. At its best, it is capable of producing compelling results at native 4K. Stack up Rise of the Tomb Raider on Pro against an ultra high-end PC and run them side-by-side and you’ll see that most of the 4K clarity is there, much of the detail is there and frame-rate remains the clearest differentiating factor. But the fact that a £350/$399 box is capable of even competing is a remarkable achievement.
Advantages of PS4 PRO SSD
It’s clear that the key technologies are in place to ensure that PS4 Pro can work very nicely in the 4K world, but launch software shows that the transition isn’t going to be entirely smooth.
Many titles are operating at resolutions much closer to 1440p – a pixel-count we’d previously established as a better fit for the core hardware based on established rendering techniques. When you have already decided to upgrade the internal hard drive of PS4 PRO, then you have made a big leap towards the world of professionalism. The fact that Uncharted 4 doesn’t reach 4K or even 1800p isn’t a great turn-out bearing in mind how the Pro is marketed and the title’s status as the flagship PlayStation 4 technology showcase. The thing is though, that it still looks really nice – modern rendering techniques are making the seemingly definitive link between pixel count and image quality much more of a grey area. Now you’ll need an external hard drive for PS4 PRO upgrade process, in order to store your saved data on it and restore them later. We expect Pro implementations to improve over time, and the first party Sony titles we’ve seen in the pipeline (Horizon Zero Dawn, Days Gone) looks simply sensational, but it may be some time before developers fully get to grips with the new hardware. But on the flipside, even in the here and now, even with so many different high resolution mode variations in the titles we’ve looked at so far, the bottom line is clear.
Not much more money is buying a whole lot more power. If you don’t already own a PlayStation console and you’re looking to invest, the Pro is a no-brainer. You’re getting over twice the GPU power, a faster CPU, future-proofed display and streaming media support – and twice the hard drive space. The price-point is keen enough that it’s going to take some seriously aggressive bundling deals to make the standard PlayStation 4 look appealing.