There is nothing better for a true gamer than to be blessed by the console Gods with a mid-cycle refresh. It’s such a rare occasion, but then it does happen, boy does it make gamers excited! And with good reason. With the regular console life cycle sitting at around five to seven years, console releases simply aren’t aligned with improvements in technology.
With Microsoft also releasing its upgraded console, The XBox One X mid-cycle, let’s take a look at what Sony has given us gamers with their recent hardware refresh to help you decide if it’s worth handing over another handful of cash with a perfectly good console sitting under your TV.
Any gamer knows that the true power of their games comes from the GPU. That is, the Graphics Processing Unit. This is the chip, or chips, that render all of the colors, movement, textures, and all lighting effects. Essentially, if it appears on your screen, the GPU put it there. This is also the chip responsible for handling 3D gaming.
When the Playstation 4 was released in 2016 it included an AMD Radeon chip running at 1.84 Teraflops. If you have used the system then you know that this is more than sufficient to drive a game at a true 1080p while simultaneously handling 7.2 surround sound.
However, since its release, a new standard has emerged for television resolution. 4K. With studios now providing content in 4K, gamers have also been waiting to get in on the action.
Inside Sony’s Playstation 4 Pro sits a similar AMD Radeon chip running at a whopping 4.2 Teraflops! That’s right – 4.2 Teraflops! This is equal to more than double of what runs inside your current Playstation 4.
With ridiculously clear game graphics taken care of by the GPU, it’s now time to pay attention to the other important chip inside the console. The CPU. In your computer or tablet, the CPU is responsible for handling all of the phone’s function, including any apps that you run or when you browse the Groupon Coupons page for Hotels.com. In a gaming console the Core Processing Unit is responsible for everything else that happens in the game that isn’t a graphic. From starting your PS, loading the game, loading your saved games, relaying controller commands, to telling the game and other players where you are.
The more complex games become, the more powerful a CPU needs to be. After all, this is also the chip that manages the artificial intelligence in your game along with any physics effects the developers have included.
With this in mind, Sony has included an 8-core AMD Jaguar chipset running at a clocked 2.1 GHz! Aligned with 8gig of DDR5 RAM which offers a bandwidth increase of around 24%, this console is ready to handle any game that a developer can throw at it!
And there you have it! While it may seem like a short article about a big product, it’s important to remember that this is still only a mid-cycle refresh. This is not a new console that Sony has released. With this thought in your mind, give serious consideration to whether you will benefit from these incremental yet performance boosting upgrades of whether it’s worth waiting until the next iteration of the console.