T3 smackdown: PlayStation 4 Pro vs Xbox One S vs PlayStation 4 Slim

Which of the new consoles deserves your dollar?

Sony's just taken the wrappers off a couple of brand new consoles and you're no doubt wondering how they stack up against Microsoft's latest Xbox One S console. Well, wonder no longer - here are the key features and specs for the PS4 Pro, PS4 Slim and Xbox One S.

PlayStation 4 Pro

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Previous thought to be called the PS4 Neo, the PS4 Pro is Sony's upgraded PlayStation 4 - a PlayStation 4.5, if you like. The big news is it's got double the GPU power, which means it can drive games at 4K resolution, which should look very smart on your latest television.

The size of the internal hard drive has also been upped to 1TB. Sony is keen to emphasise this is still part of the same console 'generation' though, and says it will play all existing PS4 titles (it's yet to give details on how transferring your existing games might work).

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Sony says this console is the PS4 experience taken to "extraordinary new places" and it looks like it could be the one to buy if you're interested in PS VR (though this wasn't mentioned). If you only own a 1080p TV, though, it's probably not worth upgrading yet.

On the downside, it can't play Ultra HD Blu-rays, which is a shame if you wanted this as the centre of your entertainment universe.

Like the Xbox One S, High Dynamic Range (HDR) support will give colours a more natural and balanced look, but Sony says this is coming to all PS4 models via a software update in the near future - so you won't have to buy a PS4 Pro to be able to take advantage of it.

The PlayStation 4 Pro will cost £349 or $399 and is available from 10 November.

Xbox One S

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Microsoft's new Xbox console, which has been with us for a month, is smaller, more powerful, and... whiter. As well as looking less chunky and less ugly than the Xbox One, it's also been upgraded to be capable of playing 4K video and Ultra HD Blu-rays.

The other main upgrade is the option of a 2TB hard drive. In terms of games performance, though, there's only a fractional upgrade games can't run at native 4K resolution, though they can be upscaled and support High Dynamic Range (HDR) for better, deeper colours.

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That means the Xbox One S sits somewhere between the PS4 Neo and the PS4 Slim, with its smaller size and very slight performance upgrades. The new box measures 333mm x 276mm x 78mm and supports HDMI 2.0a output (4K video running at a 60Hz refresh rate).

It's undoubtedly worth buying over the original Xbox One but lovers of Microsoft's console might want to wait for the Xbox Scorpio, due out next year - it's slated to have upgrades that are more than just superficial, and should be enough to overtake the PS4 Pro too.

Prices for the Xbox One S start at £249.99 or $299, and it's available now.

PlayStation 4 Slim

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The PlayStation 4 Slim is Sony's answer to the Xbox One S: a more compact, leaner version of the original console that keeps mostly the same hardware (just like the PS3 Slim before it). However, unlike Microsoft, Sony hasn't boosted the console's actual features this time.

That means no 4K streaming or gaming support - for that you're going to have to opt for the PS4 Pro. Obviously Sony wants this to replace the original PlayStation 4, offering new console buyers the same technology inside a smaller, more aesthetically pleasing box.

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Indeed, in Sony's press event, it simply referred to the new box as the PS4, so this is the new baseline model it would seem. "There's never been a better time" to join the PS4 community, according to Sony's Andrew House, who introduced the console on stage.

The PS4 Slim (or just plain old PS4) measures 288mm x 264mm x 39mm but for the rest of the specs you can refer to our original PlayStation 4 review. Unfortunately it sounds like Sony has ditched the optical audio out port along the way in its move to the smaller box.

The PlayStation 4 Slim will cost £259 or $299 and is available from 15 September.