Here we are after Sony finally revealed the big news on the elusive PlayStation 4 “Neo”. Here is what I think about the PlayStation 4 Pro.
A lot of mixed feelings are being thrown around here at the office and rightly so, Sony did just reveal their hardware plans for the few years. The PlayStation 4 Pro is the console that is stepping up to the plate for Microsoft’s Porject Scoprio next year. In case you haven’t had the chance, I highly recommend you getting to know the facts about the PlayStation 4 Pro first and you can do so, right here.
Sony had revealed that the PS4 Pro is going to take advantage of future releases and showcasing them with much crisper and impressive visuals. Of course, we are talking about games such as Horizon: Zero Dawn, Days Gone, Detroid: Become Human and more. These titles will have 4K support and that will be experienced by users who play on the new machine. One thing is for sure, Horizon: Zero dawn does look amazing on the Pro.
However, as gorgeous as the games look, I remembered that I don’t have a 4K TV back home and that if I want this level of power, I am going to have to purchase that display alongside my eventual PlayStation 4 Pro. That’s where things get tricky. 4K support has not become an industry standard… yet. I feel that this standard will be necessary for the PS4 Pro to flourish in the market. With the console releasing no later than November 10th 2016. This means that early adopters do not have the necessary incentive to purchase the console unless they managed to nab themselves an early 4K TV.
Furthermore, upon the console’s release, the future streamline of games which are developed with the 4K in mind won’t be releasing until after 2017 has begun. The console’s main selling point is its upgraded power and strength over the original model. However, Sony confirmed that all PS4 games will be playable on both models, with future games boosting the experience on the Pro. With none of these considerable boosts seen on launch day, there is little reason to jump on Pro train right away.
In other news, it was revealed that Bethesda, developers of Skyrim, have provided statement regarding user-created content on PS4 Pro. It was clear to see that Sony is not allowing user mods to be accessible on PlayStation while Microsoft openly accepts them on Xbox. Bethesda games, among others, are wildly known for user mods that drive the community and entice more user interaction. Everyone has at least tried or seen a Skyrim mod and with the game coming on both Xbox One and PlayStation 4, cutting the mods from the latter will significantly hit Bethesda’s expected revenue from the game.
With this in mind, PlayStation 4 Pro is releasing with no mod support and no early 4K games to showcase. Meanwhile, it was said that Project Scorpio is supposedly more powerful than the Pro and it most likely feature user mods as well. For the past two months, Microsoft had outsold Sony with the help of the Xbox One S. With news like this, this could spell grim news for the Pro’s release and its relevance towards 2017.
On the VR side, it was confirmed that the PS4 Pro will be enhancing some of the games as well. In some cases, the game may increase the frame rate from 60 to 90 or from 90 to 120 fps. We already that multiple games will hitting PS VR after its release. Without a key lineup, the VR may prove hard to sell and the Pro, even harder.
Is it Worth it?
When viewed as a standalone upgrade, the PlayStation 4 Pro proves to give the PS4 new life into this console generation in running smoother and higher quality games. Providing a higher CPU clock rate and boosting the GPU a ton, the upgrades are easily seen and felt when playing the right games. However, at a time where a new peripheral is releasing and no real incentive to rush this upgrade, it feels the console won’t see much relevance, at least for its first few months.
So, I believe the console is being released slightly ahead of its time, a time when 4K will be come standardized. I feel that most consumers will have to face with a choice regarding their PlayStation platform: buy a PlayStation VR or a PlayStation 4 Pro? What will you do? Jump into virtual reality? Upgrade your machine? Or hold off everything for now until enough content arrives on both? Let us know in the comments below.