PS4 Pro Is An ‘Impressive’ Piece of Hardware But Hardly A Revolution – Escape from Tarkov Dev

The PS4 Pro is not a game changer, they reckon.

Posted By | On 14th, Oct. 2016 Under News | Follow This Author @Pramath1605


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When the PS4 Pro was announced, there was a fair bit of disappointment from a lot of quarters. Here was Sony, the people who had brought us the PS4, an expertly engineered console that could lay claim to being the strongest ever, and it seemed like they were now bringing us an incremental upgrade that would be thoroughly lapped by Microsoft’s upcoming Scorpio.

As time has gone on, the Pro has started seeming more desirable, thanks to some ingenious tricks Sony are using (like the Checkerboard upscaling technique), as well as thanks to a lot of games being announced to be running natively in 4K on the machine. But in the end, as the Xbox One proved, no amount of software trickery can compensate for weaker hardware- and the PS4 Pro remains weak. Or weaker than the competition, at any rate.

That was the takeaway by the Escape From Tarakov developer Battlestate, too. When we had a chance to sit down with them and talk to them, we broached the topic of the PS4 Pro. According to them, while the Pro is certainly impressive, it isn’t much to write home about.

“[The PS4 Pro] sounds like an impressive piece of hardware oriented on 4k gaming with great antialiasing, and a good attempt at improving the visual quality on consoles, but hardly a revolution,” they said.

Which is how I feel about it, too- it’s definitely impressive, there is no getting around that. But it’s not cutting edge, and it’s definitely not a game changer, not like the PS1, PS2, PS3, PS4, or PSP and PS Vita were. Coming from Sony, it is definitely a bit disappointing.


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  • Eliezer Barreto

    Is an upgrade from the existing ps4, what did you expect. Dahhh is not a New gen. Good lord.

    • Mike

      It’s not supposed to be a game changer. It’s a small boost to give better visuals for video games. Who was expecting PS5 out of it?

    • Brad Marcus Kirchhoff

      Everybody. Just last week u ppl were saying something different. I know this for a fact bc Im a Sony user that is about to jump ship when the Scorpio releases so Ive been paying close attention.

    • Mike

      Why would you jump ship? You aren’t a Sony guy then obviously

    • Aaron L.

      He likes inferior exclusives that are not true exclusives at all.

    • Dave C

      They are exclusives for console gamers that don’t want the hassle or DRm of PC gaming.

    • Eddie Battikha

      Yup, I experienced them on Xbox and Xbox 360.

    • kma99

      Lol u act like sony has been hitting home runs with exclusives. Nothing good has come so far beside uncharted and bloodborne. Lol

    • Dave C

      I will jump ship too. I want the BEST versions of multiplatform games not the worst. Exclusives are fine but the exclusives on the Scorpio will look much better due to superior hardware. Sony blew it by going cheap instead of going big.

    • Mike

      So you guys are all going to buy a ps4 pro for the best experience on multi plats then get rid of it in a year for the Scorpio? Seems logical

    • crazy_black_man-

      The truth is. They don’t even have a PS4.

    • Psionicinversion

      yeah you dont

    • -youjustgotburned-

      He does have one…he just doesn’t play with it. He has it so he can say he has a PS4 so he can feel validated.

    • Mark

      Ahaha, yup. Imagine, there’s massive amounts of triple A multiplats EVERY YEAR, and having the system that can run them better in frame rates and graphics, has a helluva argument to be considered better. However, to each his own.

    • J.j. Barrington

      It would look WORST on the original XB1.

      Can’t even fanboy right.

    • Bilal Prince-Ali

      lool dude.. STFU forever please lool…

    • Aaron L.

      lol, I am a sony user who is looking forward to the xbox scorpio (if they actually have exclusives for xbox one by then) but I also have a pro pre ordered because of the fact that I will be able to take advantage of 4k and better graphics for the PS4 exclusives. For someone like me who also has a PC that I upgrade and can build new PC’s when it’s a big enough jump to warrant. I would have a xbox one s right now if there were exclusives worth getting that aren’t available on PC or ps4. But there just isn’t enough exclusives out or coming that warrant me doing so since I also have a great PC. Scorpio is also just a mid gen refresh. While it maybe able to do more games in native 4k then PS4, it’s still not going to be a major leap. I think in scorpio’s case they should have just made it a new gen as it’s got 4.3 times the GPU coming in it vs PS4 pro having a 2.3 times the GPU. Also scorpio MAY have 12GB of RAM vs 8GB. If the CPU is actually improved and not just the same thing done with PS4 pro, it makes no sense to do what they are doing with it. They have such a dramatic leap in power that it would be better to make it have epic graphics in 1080p and not be help back by xbox one and xbox one s. If they could do this and keep backwards compatibility and add better games, I would get it. But as it stands it’s not going to be much different then PS4 pro. It’s just not going to have the great games PS4 has no matter what resolution you run them at.

    • Eddie Battikha

      I’m an older guy, I just like PlayStation because of their first party exclusives.

    • J.j. Barrington

      And I’m Trump’s illegitimate black son.

      /S

  • xboxmaster

    ummm who expected it to be a revolution?

    • Aaron L.

      exactly. The scorpio is worse in terms of what it’s doing vs the power increase. Since Scorpio is going to be held back even more so then ps4 pro by the xbox one.

    • kma99

      And you know this how? The Scorpio will run the pc port

    • Mr Xrat

      Of those garbage-looking MS Studios games. That’s it.

    • kma99

      So which one of your 20 personalities are you going to be today? Dont forget to upvote yourself 20 times.

    • Aaron L.

      Exactly.

    • Aaron L.

      Because games will be made for xbox one and then upgraded just like ps4 pro. Only difference is PS4 pro is a mid console refresh and specs make sense for such. Going from 1.4 TFLOPs to 6TFLOPs is such a waste. They should drop xbox one in the mud were it belongs and make scorpio their new flagship. Then make good games…… Instead of making it about playing movies and games second.

    • kma99

      Lol please educate yourself

    • Mark

      Lmao. This guy actually said “Going from 1.4TF to 6TF is such a waste”…..wow.

    • kma99

      He would. Im still laughing at that rant he haf above.

    • shinningserpent

      wrong dumbass.

    • Eddie Battikha

      U got it right on point, Xbox lost me years ago with their short list of exclusive games.

    • Psionicinversion

      sonys are only exclusive because they have no other platform to put them on

    • J.j. Barrington

      You realize how stupid that sounds?

      I’ll bet you don’t. I bet you thought it was clever.

  • Riggybro

    I think the clue is in the title –
    “PS4 Pro”
    So that’s a “PS4” with the word “Pro” attached to the end.
    Not “PS5 Pro” “the new PS” or “PS Elite” etc…

  • Jay Dog

    PS4 Pro is gonna be cool. No it’s not PS5 but games will still look amazing on the machine. I think it’s worth the money especially if you use your original PS4 for trade in value.

    • Mark

      Agreed

  • XbotMK1

    Looks like Pramath is still shilling for Microsoft, trying to downplay the PS4 Pro (which costs 399 by the way), and twisting words from the devs he interviews. He has been lying and damage controlling for Microsoft for a long time. He was even defending Microsoft when they announced Xbone S owners would have to buy a Scorpio for VR.

    It’s pretty easy to talk sh** about the PS4 Pro when the Scorpio doesn’t launch until a year after and by then the PS5 will be coming soon.

    PS4 owners aren’t abandoning their library over a 43% performance advantage by a system that will probably be more expensive and when the PS5 will be even stronger.

    • Eddie Battikha

      U couldn’t of said it any better. 55 inch LG B6 and PS4 Pro this November I can’t wait.

    • Psionicinversion

      i wouldnt take much notice of xbotmk1 hes a poor delusional sony fool that doesnt own a ps4 and certainly cant afford a pro and 4k hdr tv

    • Mark

      Bot, the Scorpio isn’t simply 40% more powerful, that’s just the GPU. You still have to factor in the additional RAM, much higher bandwidth, likely more powerful CPU, and the full VEGA architecture features for the GPU. However, we still have to wait n see the difference. But the specs are vastly different to the PS4 vs X1 scenario…

    • Eliezer Barreto

      There is no proof that is gone use vega, lol People just repeate what they hear, base on just rumors

    • Mark

      Well ur right. However this rumour is, within GOOD reason. So I personally don’t mind being wrong about it, and neither are others….

    • Gamez Rule

      “But the specs are vastly different to the PS4 vs X1 scenario”

      Speculation as we don’t know enough to compare Scorpio hardware with PS4 or any other consoles scenario!

      MS stated that it will be the most powerful console, and then gave some figures ( but we all know MS ) and how that could change.

      All we know so far is Scorpio has 6 Teraflops of power, 320 GB’s Memory Bandwidth, 8 CPU Cores. ( What cores, what GPU, what CPU, what architecture used, what RAM, what HDD, What speeds, etc is all speculation until officially stated with final hardware specs.

    • Mark

      Ur right. But like I said, the speculation is within good reason, so I personally don’t mind being wrong if they’re false lol. It’s funny how Bot simply pointed out “6Tflops” but wouldn’t acknowledge the 320Gb bandwidth, clearly biased. So u know what, I’m gonna throw some stuff out of what I THINK and have fun. Anybody taking my words as gospel, well, that’s on them. But hopefully Phil ends the speculation later this month, shut all of us up.

    • Gamez Rule

      As you pointed out, it’s more than just Teraflops that makes differences. We even know that older architecture can sometimes out perform newer architecture too.

      We saw when The 580 Fermi out done the newer 650 Ti Kepler by 30% even tho the Tflops was similar it showed ( the older architecture performed better ) so until both consoles get released it’s all guess work.

    • Mark

      U really think the Pro’s gonna keep pace with the Scorpio? Microsoft already pointed out the fact that they were thinking about goin with the Pro’s GPU and CPU setup, but that it wasn’t enough power to accomplish what they need. So they know about the Pro. It’ll be weaker man. If u don’t believe it then ok, but when the differences are made clear and obvious….never mind bro we just disagree. U take last word

    • Gamez Rule

      “U really think the Pro’s gonna keep pace with the Scorpio?”

      No! But until each console is released it’s all guess work.

      If people just see Teraflops & newer architecture making a console better than another console with less Teraflops & older architecture that may not be the case as the above post showed.

      In my opinion the Scorpio is really MS’s next gen console and they are cutting this gen short like they did with XBOX to Xbox 360. Time will tell☺

    • Psionicinversion

      the damage control is real from you when an article doesnt go your way./ Will be funny to see you backpeddling when he does a positive one.

      BTW hows that $1700 ps4 pro and 4K TV upgrade hahaha and people say pc gaming is expensive

    • J.j. Barrington

      What is there to damage control?

    • Michael

      We already have ps5. It’s called the Pro and it’s never gonna beat scorpio.

  • Mr Xrat

    Course, it’s a mid-gen refresh. The Xgimp’s precious Shitpio will be the same. Gonna have to wait a few more years if you want a revolution.

  • Kris Crawford

    interesting view from a dev who has made a buggy mess of a game.

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  • hvd hvd

    no more impressive then a gpu upgrade.its like jumping from a 980 to a 980 ti.its not that impressive.

  • Gary

    Let’s admit it Xbox doing well will only be good for the PS4 community. Ps4 needs competition

  • Gamez Rule

    I still believe that MS are cutting this gen short with Scorpio, but time will tell I guess. But here’s why I think what I do.

    Remember what MS done with XBOX?… They dumped that console and made
    Xbox 360 ( within 4 years of each others release ) *XBOX Nov-2001 – Xbox 360 Nov-2005* ( Is history repeating itself )?

    ( we know what MS done with XBOX and Xbox 360 within 4 years of release ) but now look at the power jump from Xbox 360 to Xbox One and then from Xbox One to Project Scorpio? You’ll see it’s approximately four times more powerful each time?

    Level of difference between Xbox 360 and Xbox One (0.3 TF vs 1.3 TF)
    Level of difference between Xbox One and Project Scorpio (1.3 TF vs 6 TF)

    *Approx-time span from Xbox one to Project Scorpio = 4 years* ( Xbox One Nov- 2013 – Scorpio Nov-2017 )

    It’s clear IMO that MS are just cutting this generation short like they did with XBOX by starting a new generation using Project Scorpio just like they did with the original XBOX with release of Xbox 360.

    In My Opinion Sony’s next gen console PS5 will compete with Scorpio, but we shall see☺

    • justerthought

      How are MS cutting short a generation. If according to you, 4 years is their normal gen length and they are going with another 4 year length, then that’s the same, not cutting it.

      What about the gen length between 360 and XB1 that you failed to mention. 7 years. Is that the gen length you are claiming has been cut.

      The gen length is not controlled by the platform holder, it’s governed by the advances in tech by the chip manufacturers. In this case AMD.

    • Gamez Rule

      Yes to 360 gen being longer than 4 years, and yet again ( like XBOX gen ) this current gen could be cut short due to MS not being the wanted console this gen ( like XBOX to PS2 / = Xbone to PS4 )

      If you look at past history ( shown above ) it makes sense that Scorpio *could* be MS next gen console while PS5 *could* be released a year to 18 month later.

  • Jihaad Boonzaier

    Would the “author” of the article please respond to me…

    SONY have said that this is an upgraded PS4. It’s not meant to revolutionize it’s an enhanced PS4, if they revolutionized they wouldn’t be able to work with PS4. So why dont you understand this?

  • J.j. Barrington

    Revolution? When was it ever supposed to be that?

  • justerthought

    Why does the PS4 Pro have to be a revolution in order to be worthwhile. Drama queen springs to mind.

    It’s a mid gen upgrade that stays within the current gen, but offers a higher quality performance, better graphics and a high quality 4K output at a low price for those that want it.

    That’s it. If you want that, buy it. It’s not going to change your life.


 

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