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A Quick Guide for Choosing Sony PlayStation 4 Video Game Consoles

The PlayStation 4 is a gaming and entertainment device developed by Sony. Featuring the ability to render sophisticated graphics at 1080p resolution (or 4K resolution with the PlayStation 4 Pro), the system has hundreds of titles from which to choose. You can find an affordable new or preowned PlayStation 4 on eBay.

Recognizing the difference between the PS4 models

There are three main versions of the Sony PlayStation 4 video game console. Here is what you need to know about the differences between them.

  • Original PlayStation 4 - This is the initial launch version of the PlayStation 4. It was originally released with a 500 GB hard drive. However, this was replaced with a 1 TB hard drive in 2015.
  • PlayStation 4 Slim - The Slim is a smaller, lighter version of the original PlayStation 4, but otherwise its technical specifications remain largely the same. There are both 500GB and 1TB versions.
  • PlayStation 4 Pro - Released in 2016, the PlayStation 4 Pro features upgraded hardware that enables it to render games at 4K resolution with improved performance and graphics. The system is compatible with all previous and future PS4 games. However, if a game is marked as "PS4 Pro Enhanced," then there will be performance improvements when you play it on the PS4 Pro. The system comes with a 1TB hard drive standard.
Features of the PS4 console

The powerful Sony PlayStation 4 game console comes with the following hardware features:

  • Blu-ray drive - The PlayStation 4 can play both DVD and Blu-ray discs.
  • Hard drive - The 500GB or 1TB hard drive allows you to store game data, video, audio, and digital content. You can also download or install games onto the hard drive, so you won’t need the physical discs.
  • Internet connectivity - The PlayStation 4 can connect to the internet through either a wireless Wi-Fi signal or a wired Ethernet connection.
  • Wireless controller - The DualShock 4 is the standard controller that comes with the PS4. Besides a standard set of buttons and sticks, the controller features a “share” button, motion controls, an LED light bar for additional motion tracking, and internal rumble. It connects wirelessly with the system through Bluetooth.
Does the PlayStation 4 have an online service?

The PlayStation Network is the basic free online service for the Sony PS4 console. It gives you access to basic features such as an online ID. The PlayStation Plus is the paid subscription component of the network. It gives you access to premium features such as online multiplayer, online storage, free monthly games, and beta trials.

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