Sony Quietly Revs the PlayStation 4 Pro

Sony has quietly released a quieter new version of its PlayStation 4 Pro video game console. But there’s a catch: You can only obtain it as part of a single console bundle right now.

“This is quietest, most discreet Pro yet, completely banishing the ‘jet engine’ effect commonly associated with launch models,” The Digital Foundry’s Richard Leadbetter explains. “The new design improves once again on the machine’s perennial noise problem.”

Sony launched the PS4 Pro in September 2016 alongside a cost-reduced version of the PlayStation 4. The PS4 Pro has always featured better performance, but it has since proven to be underpowered compared to the superior Xbox One X, which was released a year later.

Since then, Sony has quietly revved the PS4 Pro twice, but none of these releases have improved the performance or put the console on better footing against the Xbox One X.

Last year, it released a version with a different RAM cooling system that seemed to help a bit with the fan noise. But this most recent change is apparently more dramatic, according to The Digital Foundry. It uses a new and more efficient power supply and provides even better noise reduction.

The caveat is that the only way to acquire this new version of the PS4 Pro is to buy a Red Dead Redemption 2 Bundle, which is available in various forms (some with additional games). I assume it will become more broadly available as the current stock sells out.

You can learn more in this YouTube video by Digital Foundry.

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  • Skolvikings

    08 November, 2018 - 8:58 am

    <p>I keep my PS4 (and all my electronics actually) in another room from my TV. I never see or hear anything, regardless of how loud something is.</p>

  • waethorn

    08 November, 2018 - 9:14 am

    <p>I have a launch version PS4 – The Last of Us bundle version.</p><p><br></p><p>It's not loud at all.</p>

    • Skolvikings

      08 November, 2018 - 2:25 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#361993">In reply to Waethorn:</a></em></blockquote><p>So not the PS4 Pro?</p>

      • waethorn

        08 November, 2018 - 2:52 pm

        <blockquote><em><a href="#362138">In reply to Skolvikings:</a></em></blockquote><p><br></p><p>My mistake. I took the comment as being indicative of all launch consoles, not specifically the PS4 Pro.</p>

  • Bob Shutts

    08 November, 2018 - 12:38 pm

    <p>I see what you did there.</p>

  • zybch

    08 November, 2018 - 4:11 pm

    <p>DF said nothing about an actually NEW power supply, just the power socket on the back of the unit which they extrapolated as a new PSU. The internals are most likely the same, the 'normal' figure-8 socket just lets them cost cut a small amount.</p><p><br></p><p>All that seems to have really changed for this revision is an altered fan speed table. Yes, its quieter because the fan is literally spinning slower and the console is getting hotter (by about 5C).</p><p><br></p><p>My launch Pro isn't terribly loud, especially not compared to my OG ps4, but I've heard others that are. The huge differences between consoles of the same model is pretty weird, do sony not have a consistent production process or something?</p>

  • TallGuySE

    Premium Member
    09 November, 2018 - 5:32 pm

    <p>I had a launch PS4 Pro that had an annoying whine even at moderate fan speeds. A replacement would get loud in demanding games like COD WW2 but was not annoying. There does seem to be a lot of variation between different units of the same model. </p>


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