New “Updated” PS4 pro and XBOX One S Console
Well, the new “Updated” PS4 Pro and XBoxone S are on the horizon for sale to consumers, which is either a good thing or a bad thing? I mean they have updated the consoles not long after launch of the original console? A trend that may continue if the revenue generated by this wins. By rumours the release date will be in November if all goes well.
The PS4 Pro has a better CPU, GPU, ability to run games in 4K resolution, be able to use the Playstation VR unit, slim design, able to record 1080P gameplay. And another point raised during the press conference was that all games will be made to play on the standard PS4, but if the game is designed to expand on the features of the PS4 Pro, it will have a logo. The planned price increase for this .5 console, is rumoured to be a little bit hefty.
Although not much in the conference on this one, the different between the 2 consoles are not as great. Or as Sony are known for there marketing strategy, lead you to believe! The Xbox one S has the ability for 4K Ultra HD, 4K Blu-ray playback and HDR Support. It has a higher processing output for it’s CPU and GPU and internal power supply. The size difference between the original Xbox One and the S is 40% smaller! Only a small price increase for the “S” compared to the One
The worrying thought is that if successfully implemented into the market, will the trend of releasing more powerful consoles yearly become common practise? Not a bad thing that things are upgraded for a gaming experience, but to buy a new console pretty much making the original purchase obsolete, a bad thing? Yes in my opinion. Although in the past, releasing accessories to boost performance on a game console was a messy debacle. The Sega Mega drive, plus the Mega 32X plus the Sega Mega CD was an eyesore that required 3 outlets to run, and some say with minimal gain as the resolution or number of colours on screen simultaneously never changed from the original spec.
And if it did catch on, would the market change. Would some consumers just wait a year for the next upgraded console and additional games before purchasing? Would this then not hurt the industry economically and stop developers making games for the first generation, of the next generation consoles and wait as well?
With the way technology changes, it was always going to happen, but at the same time there needs to be a happy medium for consumers. Is this approach right? Time will tell. Our opinion is no, it is not the correct approach but we don’t have a solution to this either.
Some would say the solution is to get a PC! 😉