Which PlayStation 4 should I buy?

Sony now has three PlayStation 4 consoles, which is going to make holiday shopping a little confusing. There's the PlayStation 4 that has been available to purchase for over a year now, the "New PlayStation 4" with a slimmer body and near-identical hardware, and the more capable PlayStation 4 Pro. If your goal is to purchase a PlayStation 4 to use with PlayStation VR, you're probably wondering which PlayStation 4 you need to buy. The good news is that all these consoles support PlayStation VR, but there are some differences you should be aware of.

PlayStation 4

PlayStation VR

If you already own a PlayStation 4 and want to add a PlayStation VR, you don't need to do anything. You can pick up PlayStation VR, connect it to your existing PlayStation 4, and enjoy the massive list of VR titles Sony has made available for the platform. If you have tried out PlayStation VR at any of the demo stations in the US or Canada, you already know what it is like to play PlayStation VR on an original PlayStation 4. In many cases, those demos are using existing demo stations for regular PlayStation 4 games, which have been in circulation for some time. The PlayStation 4 is currently available in several colorful bundles for $349.

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New PlayStation 4


If you're looking to buy a PlayStation 4 and PlayStation VR at the same time, the new PlayStation 4 is likely what you'll see on store shelves over the coming weeks. This is a slimmer version of the current PlayStation 4, with no internal changes that negatively impact gameplay. That means you get the same PlayStation VR experience as a standard PlayStation 4, just in a slimmer package to complement your entertainment center. The New PlayStation 4 will be available for $299 on September 15th, and is currently available in that matte black only.

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PlayStation 4 Pro

PS4 Pro

Sony has upgraded the PlayStation 4 with more capable internals to deliver 4K gaming, streaming, and a vivid HDR experience as long as your television supports it. For PlayStation VR, that means many games will offer greater detail and be available at a higher framerate. Sony's promise of 60FPS gaming ensures the chances for nausea in PSVR are reduced, but the big benefit here are better visuals in any game designed to take advantage of the hardware. Sony's current list of "enhanced" titles that play better on this console is a little on the slim side, but it's clear more games will support this upgraded experience moving forward. The PlayStation 4 Pro is available now for $399 and comes in matte black.

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