Golem.de spoke with Sony boss Shawn Layden regarding the state of console cycles. With the advent of mid-generation new hardware, many were concerned that traditional console cycles could be on its way out. Similar to smartphones, the gaming industry might have been considering taking out newer and more powerful consoles every year or so. Shawn Layden cleared all of this up when asked about the PS4 Pro.
According to Shawn, the PS4 Pro will not have any exclusives not playable on the original PS4. He explains instead the role of the mid-generation upgrade,
Shawn Layden: With the Playstation 4 Pro we have for the first time implemented this kind of innovation within the life cycle of a console. The pro is really only to offer advantages such as 4K resolutions and HMD for players who can and want to use that. Add to this a more stable image rate and larger hard disk space. But who has a standard PS4 has no real disadvantages. Each of our games will continue to run on the classic PS4 and possibly slightly better on the Pro.
Golem.de: This means that you are more likely to rely on a real Playstation 5 – whenever that will be?
Shawn Layden: Yes. It will probably be some time.
With that all cleared up, it should be easier to appreciate the role of the PS4 Pro as just an upgrade option. Other than that, Sony seems determined to continue traditional console cycles. They've mentioned numerous times that the Pro is a mid-generation upgrade and since it released at the end of 2016, we should still have this generation running until 2019 or 2020. Be sure to check out the full interview on the link below.
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