Sony PS4: Pros And Cons Of The Upcoming PlayStation 4 Upgrade

As it did with the standard PlayStation 4, Sony recruited Mark Cerny to lead development on the newly announced PlayStation 4 Pro. It might end up being a necessity as games will likely push further and further.

Though games running on PS4 will look better on a regular HDTV set, you will want a 4K TV to make the most of the system. If you own a 4K TV and a library of PS4 games, this will make the PS4 Pro a more reasonable investment.

The emphasis is on the "true" here, as the PlayStation 4 Pro has to employ an advanced post-processing technique called checkerboarding in order to reach the heady heights of 4K. The PS4 Slim is only a smaller version of the console we already have.

In another sign of this new reality, Microsoft Corp. unveiled the Xbox One S, a slimmer update to its Xbox One console, in June at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, where new consoles are traditionally unveiled.

It seems a shame then that the PlayStation 4 Pro 4K console is unable to play 4K Blu-ray discs and seems like a missed opportunity for Sony, especially at the higher $399 price point. has this provided Microsoft with a window of opportunity to catch up? Now, Sony has released a video in which Cerny talks about the strengths of the existing PS4 and how the PS4 Pro model will take things even further.

The PS4 Pro is priced at $399 in the United States and £349 in the UK. "YouTube is also developing a new 4K-compatible app for PS4 Pro".

Going forward, developers will be expected to build games for "base" PS4 consoles as well as Pro consoles. This is a very reasonable price point considering that you can now purchase the vanilla PS4 for around $300 - $325, meaning that despite the qualms people may have with its lack of native 4K and inconsistent 60fps frame rate, it's still being sold cheap enough that many will take the plunge anyway. The key is what it means by "high-fidelity" - in limiting VR to Scorpio, Microsoft may be splitting its player base, but it's also allowing the console to house more fully featured VR games than its PS4 counterpart. Firstly, it means that you don't need to own the PS4 Pro to enjoy one of the PS4 Pro main features - your current PS4 will do that with a simple firmware upgrade. However, for those who now own a 1080p TV you're not really going to see a benefit that will be worthy of the $399 price tag.