The PlayStation 4 hardware line-up has just got a little bit more confusing. While keen videogame enthusiasts will easily be able to tell the differences in technology and value between the three different hardware configurations soon to be available, those coming to the PlayStation 4 for the first time might find it somewhat daunting, especially when concerned with the forthcoming PlayStation VR. VRFocus has dug in to deliver you a guide to your best purchase option for the forthcoming virtual reality (VR) debut on consoles.
All PlayStation 4 Consoles are Compatible with PlayStation VR
The first thing that needs to be noted is that all PlayStation 4 consoles – existing and set for release this year – are compatible with the PlayStation VR head-mounted display (HMD). The device was created for existing PlayStation 4 consoles and has already been confirmed as compatible with the PlayStation 4 Slim. The PlayStation 4 Pro console has an upgraded hardware specification to make the most of VR, but isn’t essential. All currently announced PlayStation VR videogames and hardware will be compatible with all editions of the PlayStation 4 console.
It also should be noted that the PlayStation 4 Slim console is set to replace the existing model, though no discontinuation date has yet been announced so expect a price drop on remaining retail stock in the near future.
PlayStation VR Accessories
As with the PlayStation VR HMD and videogames stated above, all existing PlayStation 4 accessories will be compatible with all versions of the PlayStation 4 console. A redesigned PlayStation Camera has recently been revealed (and is now available to pre-order), but the changes here are merely cosmetic. VRFocus has already prepared a guide to the best accessories for PlayStation VR to make sure you’re up-to-speed in time for launch.
PlayStation 4, Slim & Pro Specifications
VRFocus recently delivered a comparison of the specifications between the original PlayStation 4 console (which is mirrored by the PlayStation 4 Slim) and the forthcoming PlayStation 4 Pro. But what does this actually mean? In real terms, little is currently known. The only mention of a benefit to PlayStation VR has come in the form of Farpoint, for which the developers have reportedly been able to deliver twice the pixel density. Will other PlayStation VR titles benefit from the added horsepower of the PlayStation Pro? Almost certainly, but we’re yet to see evidence of which ones, and how.
PlayStation 4 Slim vs. PlayStation Pro Price
Undeniably the deciding factor for many, the PlayStation 4 Slim will launch at a significantly lower price point than the PlayStation 4 Pro. The suggested retail price (SRP) for the PlayStation 4 Slim is $299 USD (currently bundled with Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End for free on Amazon), in line with the existing PlayStation 4 console. The PlayStation 4 Pro however, will arrive with an SRP of $399. While the core videogame demographic will have no second thoughts about paying that extra $100 for an upgraded experience, the mass market may wonder what they’re getting for their money.
PlayStation 4 Slim & PlayStation 4 Pro Release Date
For those who can’t wait, the PlayStation 4 Slim console will launch on 15th September 2016; perfect to allow you time to become accustomed to the console prior to the launch of PlayStation VR. The PlayStation 4 Pro will arrive two months later, 10th November 2016, though is also available to pre-order now. This may well allow those who were unable to secure a PlayStation VR pre-order for launch day time to find a unit to purchase, but if you’re looking to upgrade for day one the PlayStation 4 Slim is currently your only choice.