On Sept. 7, 2016, Sony revealed the PlayStation 4 Pro at the PlayStation theater in New York Times Square much earlier than usual. The console was revealed in approximately half the time it normally would have been.
The smartphone industry is usually the swiftest of the tech manufacturers in creating and releasing new products. In that, the industry has yearly or biyearly intervals, at best, between its products.
This industry has been able to introduce frequent updates, keeping consumers attached to their phones. It seems this influenced Sony as PlayStation 4 Pro came about after only 1058 days, revealed by a chief executive.
Sony had scheduled a PlayStation Meeting on Wednesday and announced a console that mainly heightened the image quality of games. Additionally, the company said it had increased the PlayStation 4 Pro storage capacity and introduced a swifter processor.
The image improvement is geared toward 4K television owners. These televisions increase the screen resolution by adding millions more pixels than typically seen in other units.
High dynamic range, high dynamic range (HDR), is another piece of technology which will heighten image quality. HDR will improve the screen’s contrast ratio and color accuracy.
People can buy a 4K television set without the HDR feature. With this feature absent, the TV’s price would be reduced, and its sales numbers have swelled. IHS Markit Technology expert Paul Gagnon asserted that HDR increases the cost 20-30 percent of the original the 4K set.
This, then, means that PlayStation 4 Pro purchases are somewhat dependent on 4K sales and the game console price.
Sony released a slim modeled PlayStation 4 to replace the old one on September 15 for $299. The PlayStation 4 Pro will be released on November 10 for $399.
Even with these prices, some may still use the old version. Although the older consoles usually have free updates, customers were not sure, according to Naomi Kyle. During the, earlier than usual, PlayStation 4 Pro reveal, no one indicated whether the updates were going to be free.
Game Impress Watch interviewed Sony’s Masayasu Ito, said Kyle. They discussed the PlayStation 4 patches (updates) and if they would cost any money.
Ito did not directly say that the consumers were going to pay a fee during the conversation. He said that the third-party license would determine the fees. For Sony Interactive Entertainment it would depend on the titles. The segment discussion ended with him agreeing, that generally, some titles would incur fees and others would not.
They did not converse in English, so there may be some facts lost in the translation. In light of this, a Sony representative later denied, to Polygon, that any customer would have to pay a fee. The founder of Absinthe Games Jack Sipich, posted in NeoGAF that developers “are not allowed to charge you for patches or feature updates.”
The chief executive of Sony’s video game division is Andrew House. During a phone interview, he stated that the mobile industry did influence Sony.
Phone companies have introduced numerous games into their products which have taken gamers away from consoles. So, they took the path of the smartphone industry.
The PlayStation 4 and the Pro version still have to compete with computers made for gaming and set-top boxes. Even Microsoft disclosed Project Scorpio, their Xbox One would soon work on 4K television sets.
Despite this, PlayStation 4 has outsold both Xbox One and Wii U. Sony anticipates consumers to buy 20 million more units by spring, 2017, to add to the 43 million already sold.
Notwithstanding the enhancements, the announcement did not satisfy all. Some, like Chris Suellentrop from Glixel, found it underwhelming.
Even before the computer age, almost every major game console release made large leaps. These were either in graphics, gameplay, or joy in playing. Now, people like Suellentrop are disappointed in the amount, or lack, of improvement(s) to each successive console. All in all, Sony showed what next it had in store by revealing the PlayStation 4 Pro earlier than usual.
By Osveen Funwi
Edited by Cathy Milne
The Wall Street Journal: Sony Unveils New PlayStation 4 Pro
The New York Times: To Compete With Mobile, Sony Tailors PlayStation to Next-Generation TVs
Rolling Stone: PlayStation 4 Pro Is Underwhelming and That’s OK
IGN: PLAYSTATION 4 HDR PATCHES COULD COST MONEY
Polygon: Sony won’t charge for PS4 Pro patches for 4K and HDR (update)
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