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Sony announces PS4 Pro, should you buy one?

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Rumours of a mid-cycle update for the PlayStation 4 have been circulating around the internet and all but confirmed since March earlier this year. Until now known under its project name PlayStation Neo, Sony has finally taken to the stage to officially unveil the next stage in the PS4 life cycle. Titled the PlayStation Pro, the “new” console delivers everything the rumourmongers had speculated upon, but it still leaves us wondering, should we buy it?

The Playstation Pro will launch this fall on November 10 at $399 a pop. The PSPro’s – not to be confused with the PSP aka the PlayStation Portable – main feature will be the ability to play video and run games in 4k and HDR. Powered by an upgraded GPU, the PlayStation Pro will also come with a 1TB hard drive.

Mark Cerny, chief architect for the PS4, said of the new console,

“PS4 Pro is not intended to blur the line between console generations. Instead, the vision is to take the PS4 experience to extraordinary new levels.”

But does that mean that gamers need to buy the new console to stay in the loop?

The answer appears to be no. The Pro will be sold alongside the original PlayStation 4 and the new PlayStation 4 Slim, arriving in stores next week on September 15 at $299. All PS4 games will still be playable on the original PS4 and the PS4 Slim, with most if not all new games including additional features on the PS4 Pro, mostly higher FPS and better quality textures.

The main reason for the upgrade was for another piece of hardware coming to stores in October, the PlayStation VR. Developers complained of the tech of the PS4 limiting what they could do with the VR technology. The boost to processing power and graphics should help users of the PlayStation VR on the PlayStation 4 Pro have better graphic fidelity and frame rate.

If you are planning on being in the first wave of gamers to try out the new PlayStation VR, then combining it with the PlayStation Pro is probably your best option. However, if you’re like the rest of us, then it’s probably best to hold off on the PlayStation Pro for a while. Most people still haven’t even seen, much less own a 4k television. There will also be few games that are able to take full advantage of the PlayStation 4 Pro’s new features until 2017, and waiting until Sony has worked out the inevitable launch bugs of both PlayStation VR and Pro will most likely be in your best interests.

Justin, or as his friends call him, Justin, is a content provider at 301 Digital Media and a student at Middle Tennessee State University. He loves to read, use big words, and is nowhere near as clever as he thinks he is.

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