Sony President Andrew House in a recent interview revealed that Xbox was not the major threat to their platform at the moment. Instead PC has become PS4’s main competitor due to people wanting more power or simply wanting more options, whatever the reasons be. Here is the statement:
I saw some data that really influenced me. It suggested that there’s a dip mid-console life-cycle where the players who want the very best graphical experience will start to migrate to PC, because that’s obviously where it’s to be had. We wanted to keep those people within our ecosystem by giving them the very best and very highest [performance quality]. So the net result of those thoughts was PlayStation 4 Pro – and, by and large, a graphical approach to game improvement.
So according to him, PS4 Pro is aiming to keep the people who own the PS4 and want the highest graphical fidelity that the cost can provide and want a premium experience. Of course the PS4 Pro can also act as an entering medium for many people who have not gotten into PS4 till now, which is totally fine, but his statement is also flawed at that exact point. Well if he is aiming for those who already own the PS4 and are thinking of moving to the PCs due to the best quality per cost, the reason has only been beaten.
If someone has owned a PS4 and is looking to buy a PS4 Pro, he/she has already smoked 800$, just for the hardware. Add another 180$ for the PSN, just for playing multiplayer and the cost goes up to about a 1000$ (After this November 10th of course). Don’t say that you get games from the subscription, I have seen many people complaining about the quality of games and anyways there are 100s of good F2P games on the PC. Now consider a person who built a 600 $ PC at almost the same time (4 months after the launch) as the launch of this generation’s consoles with a more powerful processor and a slightly not-so-decent GPU will have some configuration of around an i7 4th gen, a decent PSU and a GTX 750Ti, which has better performance than the PS4. Now if the person wants to play games at 1080p ultra settings or 2K high settings or even delve into native 4K at 30 fps, all he/she has to do is slot in a GTX 1060 for 250$ and the games will run pretty smoothly on almost any resolution. That amounts a total of 850$ (For a custom built of course.)
Now many of you might say, that the person who owns a PS4 will just sell it. Well, I don’t think a launch PS4 will sell for more than 150$ second considering that a better model is available for the price of 300$, so it comes down to the same price of 850$. Also worth noting is the fact that the price depreciation of consoles over time is quite faster than individual PC components. So at the end of the day if someone has bought the PS4 and is going to buy a PS4 Pro for the graphical prowess (Mind you, here I’m only considering performance and not the exclusives part), the PC is clearly the more cost efficient of both platforms.
Now buying a new system is in a majority of cases is a big thing, 400$ is quite a big amount. Any logical person would take into account all these factors of course. If a person owns a PS4 and a 1080p TV, he would rather go for a PC, because most games (The multiplatform ones) are better experienced on PCs and you get a whole lot of exclusives of course. For those few PS4 exclusives, the person can keep his PS4, because generally, those games are well optimized and run at a solid 30 fps on the console, which is mostly what the PS4 Pro is going to offer on an upscaled resolution. A person would logically get a PC and would upgrade in another 3 years when the next PS will be out (If it comes). The positive side of this is that most PS4 Exclusives are single player games and even if they have multiplayer, it is nothing unique which is not on PC, so the cost of PSN is eliminated.
But well this is my opinion with a logical approach, what do you guys think? Those of you who own a PS4, would you get a PS4 Pro or are moving to a PC and keeping your old PS4? Let us know in the comments below.