3 Reasons Why 'PlayStation 4 Pro' Is Like A $900 Gaming PC

By Staff writer , Dec 19, 2016 04:19 AM EST

The Sony PlayStation 4 Pro is definitely the video game console to beat this year and in 2017, and this is due to its powerful GPU that is capable of boosting the performance of video games, further stepping ahead towards the power of the Xbox One S.

Not everyone is entirely sure of just how powerful this console is, especially when it is being compared to a gaming PC. However, the developers of ARK: Survival Evolved seems to strongly believe that the console is pretty comparable to a $900 gaming PC in terms of overall gaming performance.

PS4 Pro is similar to a Pro Gaming PC

In a recent interview with WCCFTECH, Lead Programmer and Co-founder of Studio Wildcard, Jeremy Stieglitz, had a lot to say about ARK: Survival Evolved and the PlayStation 4 Pro. The game is finally coming to the PlayStation after releasing first on the Xbox One and PC via Early Access programs.

This comes as a surprise seeing as Sony had already decided not to allow the game to launch on the PlayStation 4 Pro until it was completely finished. But somehow, something happened behind the scene, and now Sony has changed its mind.

PS4 Pro GPU is very powerful

When Stieglitz was asked about the performance of the PlayStation 4 Pro, he straightly compared its GPU to a NVIDIA 970. Stieglitz was very impressed with its overall performance, and at a very reasonable price.

"We estimate it would cost at least $900 to build a similarly powerful gaming PC rig, and that's if you were custom-building it with some extreme cost control," says Stieglitz. "We estimated that its raw GPU performance is very similar to a NVIDIA 970, and along with CPU improvements and overall more costs, it's a really high benchmark for console performance."

In terms of how the games will perform on the PlayStation 4 Pro, every compatible game will run at 720P at 60 frames per second and 1080P at a lower 30 frames per second. When it is compared to the older version for the original PlayStation 4, we can expect 680P or 720P. That is quite shocking seeing as the majority of PlayStation 4 games have performed way above 720P.

PlayStation 4 Pro's success

So far, the PlayStation 4 Pro has been doing very well for Sony. It positioned the company to have the most video game consoles sold during the month of November, and a whopping 50 million sold overall since the 2013 launch of the PlayStation 4 Pro. Furthermore, it could end up roughly 20 million ahead of the Xbox One at the end of its lifespan, according to several analysts.

A 20 million lead would guarantee that Sony would become the undisputed winner of this generation. But then again, Microsoft is also talking about the end of console generations with its upcoming Project Scorpio. This would then mean that every new console will play the games of the previous, similar to how a PC operates.

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