What are the different PS4 models?

What are the different PS4 models?

There was only a single PS4 500GB model available in 2013 when the PlayStation 4 first launched putting all purchasers on a level playing field in terms of memory capability and console potential. When the PS4 console lifecycle ended in 2021, a whopping 117 million PS4's had been sold worldwide, wow!

During the PS4 lifecycle, there were a further 2 models released, the "slim" and "pro", which we've outlined below including technical specs and the most frequently asked questions about each console.  Thankfully, each of the models plays all PS4 games released, regardless of the model, which means even if you own the original "fat" console from 2013 it's still compatible with all PS4 games released up to today!

If you're having trouble identifying which PS4 model you own or you're interested in grabbing a PS4 for some retro gaming, this guide is for you.  Although each PS4 model can play all PS4 games, there are subtle differences such as whether your TV is 4K compatible, how much storage you think you'll need, and whether you plan on introducing PSVR to your home set-up. Whatever your requirements, it's good to stay informed so you can lay the PS4 vs PS4 Pro vs PS4 Slim debate to rest.

Already know which PS4 you're after? Check out our dedicated best PS4 deals page for all the best offers, just bear in mind that you will only now find "refurbished" or second-hand PS4's as they were officially declared as "end of life" by Sony in 2021. 

The PS5 is now beginning to be more readily available so If you're curious about the differences between the PS5 Standard and PS5 Digital Edition consoles we have a handy article covering that exact subject: PS5 Digital vs Disc Edition: What are the major differences?

If you know which PS4 model you're interested in, click the console below to jump straight to it:

PS4 Pro

Console Lifespan: 2016 – 2021
Release Price: $399 / £349

Released on 10th November 2016, PS4 Pro is the newest version of the console. It's a more powerful version of the original PS4, with a faster graphics processor and support for 4K and HDR TVs. It plays all the same games as the original PS4, with improved graphics and performance in certain games that have been specifically developed to make use of this increased functionality.

While the PS4 Pro is currently the only model capable of playing compatible games in true 4K resolution, those with a standard HDTV will still likely see image improvement thanks to what's known as High Dynamic Range or HDR. This effectively boosts the vividness of the blacks and whites that sit at opposite ends of the colour spectrum, resulting in higher fidelity graphics as you play.

Even if you don't have a 4K TV or interest in HDR, the PS4 Pro is a good choice if you want higher frame rates and detail levels. It's the PS4 model most suited to players who want to experience the newest, latest and best. However, it is important to keep in mind that the PS5 is now available and is definitely a huge step up from the PS4 Pro. Making huge strides in both performance via higher resolutions and framerates whilst also offering super-fast loading thanks to its advanced SSDs. 

PS4 Pro Tech Specs

Dimensions 295 x 55 x 327 mm
Weight 3.3 kg
Processor CPU: x86-64 AMD “Jaguar”, 8 cores
Storage 1TB
Memory GDDR5 8GB
Graphics GPU: 4.20 TFLOPS, AMD Radeon™ based graphics engine
HDMI resolution and framerate 4K at up to 60FPS with upscaling. 
Input/Output 3x USB 3.1 ports, 1x Aux Port, HDMI out port (Supports 4K/HDR) 
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PS4 Pro FAQ

When was the PS4 Pro released?

10th November 2016.

What's the difference between the PS4 Pro and the original PS4?

The difference between the 500gb PS4 released at launch and a 4K-ready PS4 Pro is almost night and day. The two consoles share the same PS4 game library, but the Pro features an entirely matte chassis design compared to the original PS4's glossy top and is the only way to enjoy 4K visuals on PlayStation. Read our PS4 vs PS4 Pro guide if you have the original PS4 and you're considering upgrading to the PS4 Pro.

Do I need a 4K TV to use a PS4 Pro?

Nope, it works with any HDTV. But, if you do have a 4K TV, then some games will display in 4K and, if your TV supports it, HDR. If you don't have a 4K TV, you'll still benefit from buying a PS4 Pro as the framerates will be higher and you'll notice a higher level of detail and enjoy smoother gameplay.

Can PS4 Pro play 4k Blu Ray?

Nope, PS4 Pro is limited to regular HD Blu Rays and cannot play UHD 4K Blu Rays.

Should I buy a PS4 Pro or a PS5?

The PS5 is definitely the way to go if you want the best in power and performance, it is also backward compatible with a majority of PS4 games so you won't be missing out on that regard. However, the PS4 Pro is significantly cheaper and still a fantastic console; but it's most likely you will have to go down the refurbished/pre-owned route in order to pick one up as they're rather difficult to find new. Most of Sony's huge first-party exclusives such as God of War: Ragnarok and Horizon Forbidden West still released with PS4 versions and we'd expect this to continue for a while due to the sheer number of PS4 owners. So which one you should buy comes down to your budget and how much you value the improved performance and loading speeds that come with the new PS5 console.

Are all PS4 games compatible with PS4 Pro?

If you've been a PlayStation 4 gamer for a while, and already amassed a huge game collection, fear not - the PS4 Pro will still be able to play all of them. You'll even be tempted to dig out some of your old faves, as some games will have improved performance. Happy days!

How much does the PS4 Pro cost?

It originally launched for slightly higher, but these days you can generally find a PlayStation 4 Pro for around £259.99 refurbished (PS4 refurbished deals can be compared here). The console is hard to find now new due to the fact PlayStation have stopped production following the release of the PS5 console.

Will there any games exclusive to PS4 Pro?

Even though the PS4 Pro offers greater performance, there's no exclusive PS4 Pro only games planned by Sony. Its policy is quite clear in that all PS4 games sold will be playable on any PS4 model you own.

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PS4 Slim

Console Lifespan: 2016 – 2021
Release Price: $299 / £259

The Pro wasn't the only new PS4 to launch in 2016. In September of that year, Sony replaced the original PlayStation 4 with a smaller and cheaper version that's been unofficially named PS4 "Slim". The outer design of the Slim is, however, better to maintain by design thanks to easier access to the internal fan. Because of this, the PS4 Slim's lifespan is much improved over the original. You'll get a lot more bang for your buck in the long run.

In terms of performance, the PS4 Slim spec is identical to the original PS4, available with either 500GB or 1TB of storage. Unless you're a pro gamer, the PS4 Slim will be the console most PS4 fans will opt for, given the cheaper price tag.

PS4 Slim Tech Specs

Dimensions 265 x 39 x 288 mm
Weight 2.1 kg
Processor CPU : x86-64 AMD “Jaguar”, 8 cores
Storage 500GB, 1TB
Memory GDDR5 8GB
Graphics GPU : 1.84 TFLOPS, AMD Radeon™ based graphics engine
HDMI resolution and framerate 1080p support up to 30FPS.
Input/Output 2x USB 3.1 ports, 1x Aux Port, HDMI out port (Supports HDR) 
PSU 165W

PS4 Slim FAQ

When did the PS4 Slim release?

September 15th 2016

Is the difference in gameplay quality noticeable compared to the PS4 Pro?

The major difference between the slim PS4 and PS4 Pro is the former's inability to play games at 4K resolution. Thankfully this is the kind of flourish only really made noticeable when comparing the same game side by side, and those with a HDTV and a PS4 Slim will still see some improvements in HDR. Both the Pro and the Slim sport the same neat stacked design.

Should I upgrade to the PS4 Slim?

Compared with the original PS4, the only drastic feature missing from the PS4 Slim spec is an audio out jack, which most won't find themselves needing. The main reason you'd likely consider an upgrade to the Slim is if you care about the size of the actual console. The PS4 Slim is about 1/3 smaller than he PS4 Fat. The other benefits include a more rounded case design and a new version of the DualShock 4 controller. Other than that, the specs are the same.

How much does a PS4 Slim cost?

As the slightly less powerful PS4 hardware iteration, the PS4 Slim has always remained priced at around roughly £100 less. These days as a result of production of the PS4 being stopped they're at an inflated price however, you can grab a refurbished PS4 Slim in the range of £149.99 - £199.99. It's all you need to get started with PS4 Slim.

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Original PS4

(sometimes called the PS4 Fat)

Console Lifespan: 2013 – 2016
Release Price: $399 / £349

You'd be hard-pressed to find the original PS4 still available in shops these days (even refurbished). This is because the PS4 Slim was designed as (and now is) a straight replacement. Those original PS4 consoles should have all but disappeared.

Should you buy an original PS4? We would have originally said yes due to the Slim's initial limited storage possibilities, but since the PS4 Slim is now available with a 1TB as well as a 500GB option there really is no reason to. The only place you're likely to find an original PS4 these days is at an outlet that sells them refurbished for a discounted price but even then they're going to be very difficult to find.

PS4 Original Tech Specs

Dimensions 275 x 53 x 305mm
Weight 2.8 kg
Processor CPU : x86-64 AMD “Jaguar”, 8 cores
Storage 500GB, 1TB
Memory GDDR5 8GB
Graphics GPU : 1.84 TFLOPS, AMD Radeon™ based graphics engine
HDMI resolution and framerate 1080p support up to 30FPS.
Input/Output 2x USB 3.0 ports, 1x Aux Port, HDMI out port (Supports HDR) 
PSU 165W

Original PS4 FAQ

When did the original PS4 release?

November 29th 2013

Should I trade-in my PS4 and upgrade to the Pro?

If you're considering upgrading from original PS4 to the Pro, you'll notice a huge difference with a 4K-ready TV when opting for the latter. For the more serious gamer, it's a no brainer. But if you need a bit more persuasion, we have an in-depth guide for gamers upgrading to the PS4 Pro.

Does PS4 Fat play the same games as PS4 Pro?

Yes, all PS4 models can play the same games, but play them on a PS4 Pro and the visuals will be improved - especially if you also have a 4K TV.

Where can I buy a cheap refurbished original PS4 console?

It's been a long time since the original PS4 was released, so finding decent conditioned original PS4's isn't an easy task. That's where we can help, as we compare gaming deals every day! Check out today's cheapest refurbished PS4 consoles from leading retailers including MusicMagpie, Argos and Ebay. Due to production being stopped on PS4 models now refurbished is most likely the best route if you are still interested in picking one of these consoles up over the new PS5.

Which PS4 model is best for you?

Now you're armed with all the knowledge you need, which Xbox should you opt for?

I want the best of the best, no expense spared - Grab a PS4 Pro. The ability to play games in 4K and the added graphical ability will set it apart from the PS4 Slim.

I want a solid all-rounder - The PS4 Slim 1TB is your best bet. The Slim model is a refined version of the original PS4, making it smaller, quieter and even a little bit quicker (better GPU).

I play a lot of games, so I need the storage space - The PS4 Slim and PS4 Pro are both available as 1TB options, either of these consoles would be your best bet here.

I’m limited on space, so I need a console that fits my TV stand” - Go for the PS4 Slim. The Slim model is the smallest PS4 model available (it also looks great).

As of today, the PS4 is no longer in production... therefore getting hold of a new sealed unit is nearly impossible.  Your best option is to try and grab a refurbished PS4 console, thankfully there is still plenty of pristine condition PS4 consoles available.

Have we missed anything or do you have any questions?  Let us know in the comments below.

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