Sony has a more powerful PlayStation 4 system coming out this holiday season in North America and other major regions. The new console will play compatible games with enhanced visuals, adding support for 4K resolution as well as HDR. If you are planning to purchase the PlayStation 4 Pro for yourself and/or as a gift for a loved one, there are several accessories we recommend checking out so that you can get the most out of the new hardware.
Below, you can find our shopping and gifting guide for the best PS4 Pro accessories to buy during Black Friday 2016 and/or the rest of the holiday shopping season.
Best PS4 Pro SSDs and SSHDs
One of the best features in regards to the PlayStation 4 Pro is that it adds support for SATA-III specification, which is much faster when compared to SATA-II of the standard models. As a result, loading times will be much speedier if you decide to use the Pro with either a solid state drive or solid state hybrid drive.
Samsung 850 EVO
If money is not the issue, then we highly recommend getting a SSD for PS4 Pro so that you can get the shortest loading times possible. The 850 EVO features Samsung’s V-NAND technology to provide a sequential read of up to 540MB/s and write of up to 520MB/s. It also features random read IOPS performance of up to 98K and Write IOPS of 90K.
If you are looking for a more affordable way to speed up load times with the Pro, then you should consider getting a SSHD. The new Firecuda line uses flash technology to provide faster performance when compared to the previous Seagate hybrid drives.If you are interested, you can buy the Seagate Firecuda via the following pages: 1 TB version and 2 TB version.
The PlayStation 4 Pro also benefits the PlayStation VR as the more powerful hardware can be used to increase the frame rate and/or provide a better image quality. Among the confirmed Pro-enhanced virtual reality games announced so far are Battlezone, Bound, Driveclub VR, PlayStation VR Worlds, Rez Infinite, Rigs Mechanized Combat League, Robinson: The Journey, The Playroom VR, Thumper and Until Dawn: Rush of Blood.If you are interested, you can purchase the PlayStation VR headset here. You can also buy the PlayStation 4 Camera, which is required for PSVR, with this link. Furthermore, you might need PlayStation Move controllers for select virtual reality games on Sony’s system, which are available for purchase via this page, as well.
7.1 Virtual Surround Sound
If you are going to spend money for the PS4 Pro for visual performance, then you shouldn’t skimp out on sound setup. Sony has two pretty good first party headsets worth checking out.
Both the PlayStation Gold Wireless Stereo Headset and PlayStation 4 Platinum Wireless Headset feature 7.1 Virtual Surround Sound. Furthermore, the two products also use the Headset Companion App, which comes with audio presets for specific games, genres and other types of media. The Platinum version has full support for 3D Audio as well.
Collective Minds PSVR Showcase Rapid AC Charge and Display Stand
If you decide to invest in the PlayStation VR along with the PS4 Pro, then you might want to check out the Collective Minds PSVR Showcase Rapid AC Charge and Display Stand. This dual purpose product offers a convenient way to store and display various PlayStation 4 accessories.
Not to mention that it also acts as a charger at the same time as you will be able to recharge the PSVR head piece, two PlayStation Move motion controllers and two DualShock 4 game pads. There is also room, as well as an additional USB port, in the back. Last but not least, all the charging ports feature LED indicators so that you can easily check out the charging statuses of the accessories. The Collective Minds PSVR Showcase Rapid AC Charge and Display Stand is available for purchase here.
The PlayStation 4 Pro does not support the same vertical stand as the original. So, if you like to securely placed the system on a upright position, you will need to purchase a new one. The latest vertical stand supports the Pro in addition to the recently released slim model (CECH-2000). It comes with a mounting mechanism and a non-slippery feet for stability. The new vertical stand can be bought by using this link.
Best Affordable, Mid-Budget and High End PS4 Pro Compatible TVs
Of course, you will need a compatible television set if you want to take advantage of the added 4K and HDR features of the new system.
If you are looking for a low cost 4K HDR TV for the PlayStation 4 Pro, then we highly recommend checking out the Sony X800D. This television set comes with a wide color gamut in addition to 10 bit panel, which makes it good (but not great as it has edge backlighting instead of local dimming) for HDR. The TV also looks sharp in 4K resolution while having a relatively low input low with HDR turned on.You can purchase the Sony X800D with the following pages: 43 inches and 49 inches.
If you don’t mind spending more, then the KS8000 is another great 4K HDR television set for the PS4 Pro. This TV comes features with a 10 bit panel, wide color gamut and extremely low input lag with HDR activated. It also takes advantage of local dimming to add more intensity to the HDR effects.You can purchase the various versions of the Samsung KS8000 via the following links:
If you are looking for a higher end PS4 Pro 4K TV, we suggest checking out the LG B6 as it comes installed with an OLED screen, which makes the colors pop out even more with HDR turned on. This product also features a wide color gambit in addition to handling motion blur quite well. While the input lag is a little worse than the KS8000, it is still fairly solid. You can purchase the LG B6 with the following pages: 55 inches and 65 inches.
The PlayStation 4 Pro will be released on the 10th of November in North America and other regions. If you are picking up the supercharged PS4 on Black Friday or any other time during this holiday shopping season, you should check out the accessories we mentioned in our buying guide above.