PS4 Pro Utilises Only Half Of Its GPU For Normal PS4 Games

Sony has revealed that the PS4 is a “beast” of a console

The specifications of the PS4 Pro had been kept under wraps till lately. The console has promised affordable 4K gaming (although upscaled is probably what we’re getting) and it’s no joke that this is going to have to be pretty powerful to fulfill that promise.

Mark Cerny, the Chief Architect at PlayStation, has laid it all out for us in terms of exactly how powerful the PS4 Pro is and how it utilises that power using their new structural design of the PS4. First of all, there is a new architecture at play here as Sony is using AMD’s new polaris design and another GPU is added along with the current PS4 one.

Secondly, an extra 1GB of slower DRAM is added. Essentially, what these additions will do is that the older PS4 games will be able to run with half the GPU(Almost the same as the normal PS4) of the Pro and the multitasking ability will utilise the added 1GB of RAM to keep halted applications while the extra memory left from the initial 8GB is used to output the 4K resolution for games. It is confirmed that the Pro will use 5.5GB of GDDR5 RAM for the 4K output games and the rest of the 8GB for the interface.

This will enable the Pro to display games at a 4K resolution while still maintaining its ability to multitask. This is a huge upgrade over the normal PS4 as the additions are immense and the newer architecture is more capable. Below is the comparison between the specs of the normal PS4 and the PS4 Pro:

Original PS4:

  • CPU: 8 Jaguar Cores at 1.6GHz
  • GPU: AMD GCN, 18 CUs at 800MHz (equivalent to Radeon HD 7850)
  • Memory: 8 GB GDDR5, 176 GB/s

PS4 Pro:

  • CPU: 8 Jaguar Cores at 2.1GHz
  • GPU: 4.20 TFLOPs Polaris GPU
  • Memory: 8 GB GDDR5, 218 GB/s

The PS4 Pro launches November 10 along with a very vast majority of games that are either going to be Pro compatible or are receiving updates that will make them be able to take the advantage of the Pro’s 4K capabilities.

  • xboxmaster

    so this is what we do for news now? take something that you don’t know nothing about from an interview from another site and report on it for some reason without adding nothing… wow

    • Artista Batista

      Not surprised. Coming from someone called “XBOXMASTER”.

  • omarcominyo

    Does an interface really need that much grunt to run it?

    • Artista Batista


  • Hvd

    no pro patch its the ps4 as i said many times…..lmao.

  • Derceto

    “Sony has revealed that the PS4 is a “beast” of a console”

    Sony’s opinion of calling their own new, hardly more powerful device a “beast” for promotional reasons? That’s comical.

    Scorpio’s performance, assuming it stays on par, will wipe the floor with this thing next year. That is just a mathematical fact.

    • faradeiG

      Next year, son, next year…

    • omarcominyo

      We’ll be paying top dollar for that privilege too(if it’s native 4k that is)

      • kreator


        • omarcominyo

          Add another 100

          • kreator


          • omarcominyo


    • TristanPR77

      Explain how PS4 50% power advantage over the Xbox one was nothing and barely visible and now Scorpio 43% power advantage over the PS4 pro is supposed to be a huge thing. You people are crazy. Also, why are even talking of a product that is more than a year away? That’s crazier.


        also, Scorpion will be the next generation of systems… it is not an update. It is a new system with a new hardware, new case, new OS, and so on.

        It would be more suited to compare the scorpion to the PS5 then the PS4 and ps4 pro. No?

        • kreator


        • Symmetra

          False. Scorpio is part of the Xbox One device family. New hardware, same platform. No new OS. No more console generations. It’s about one platform persisting across multiple hardware configurations.

      • kreator

        Ps4 is not 50% stronger than Xbox One you idiot!

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