Last month, Sony held a PlayStation Meeting in New York which they used to finally reveal the PS4 Pro, previously known as the PS4 Neo.
The announcement finally ended all the speculations and rumors and whatnot that have taken form ever since Sony teased the console right before this year’s E3. And the wait will be over once the PS4 Pro hits stores next month.
However, the PS4 Pro isn’t the only new console in the horizon. Nintendo and Microsoft will similarly debut new consoles within eight or nine months of each other.
Nintendo is set to release its still code-named ‘NX’ – which is reportedly a home-handheld console hybrid with detachable controllers – on March 2017.
Note: Nintendo NX is now called the Nintendo Switch
Meanwhile Microsoft is set to release the code-named ‘Project Scorpio’ – which is touted as the most powerful console ever – during the 2017 holiday season.
Considering these, it’s safe to wonder whether Sony is making a mistake by being too early with the PS4 Pro.
But are they really?
At first glance, it may seem that way. But when you really think about it, being the first to release a new console actually puts Sony in a great position.
PS4 Pro and PlayStation VR
If the PS4 Pro turns out to be a hit, especially with the PlayStation VR beside it, it will undoubtedly put pressure on Nintendo, who is the next in line. And considering how the Wii U embarrassingly flopped, Nintendo couldn’t afford to botch up its new console.
Microsoft, on the other hand, has been on the pressure cooker ever since the Xbox One failed to even go head-to-head with the original PS4 in terms of sheer power.
PS4 Pro has an early release advantage
No, the Xbox One S doesn’t count as one. Because despite its improvement over the original Xbox One model, the PS4 still holds an edge over it. And this will buy Sony the time to fix things without pressure.
If Nintendo decides to capitalize on it and drop the NX earlier than expected, they will also risk themselves – no good thing comes from being hasty.
Updates and adjustments
Sony can survey the developments of the NX and Scorpio and make changes or adjustments to the PS4 Pro accordingly.
It’s a bit similar to number two above. But this one’s more in line with coming up with upgrades for an even better experience, than patching things up because the PS4 Pro tripped right out of the gate.
Focus on the future sooner rather than later
With the PS4 Pro already out, Sony can start focusing on a next-gen console (if they have plans) much, much earlier than their rivals.
They can explore new technologies in search for the next big thing in gaming while the other two focus on their still-unreleased consoles. And when the current-gen has had its fill, Sony can strike first by introducing a PlayStation 5, or whatever name they come up with.
As they say, timing is everything. The PS4 Pro releases this November 10.
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