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Analysts Say PS4 Pro Gives Sony Xmas Edge

While Sony have taken some flack for their decision to not include 4K Blu-ray support, the Playstation 4 Pro is well on its way to helping to company win back its position as console front-runner come Christmas.

In the wake of the console’s revelation, several games industry analysts have come forth to speak about how Sony’s shift in approach to the console gaming business.

Traditionally, console-makers follow a life-cycle more generational in nature.

However, both the Playstation Pro and Microsoft’s ‘Scorpio’ console suggest that the major players of the industry are shifting their business model to one where more-regular hardware refreshes are available.

Industry analyst Michael Pachter told GamesIndustry.biz that “pricing gives Sony a big advantage. PS4 Slim is competitive with Xbox One S, but PS4 Pro is a bargain. For the same price as the 2TB Xbox One S, you get 1TB and future proof for 4K.”

The most dramatic comments have come from DFC Intelligence’s David Cole, who said “this could be a final nail in the coffin for Xbox One now that Microsoft has told consumers to wait until 2017 (for Scorpio).”

“Sony will have the powerful system with VR now and a well-executed plan that leaves consumers no reason to wait.” 

IDC director Lewis Ward has more tempered expectations, saying “I don’t think there’s much of an impact on Scorpio at this point.”

“While Sony has staked out new territory as far as home consoles go on the rendering front, I question whether the Pro will be a big seller this holiday season since there doesn’t appear to be a large installed base of 4K/HDR TVs out there to take advantage of the sexy (AMD) silicon.”

The Playstation 4 Pro lands on Australian shores from November 10th at an RRP of $559.95.

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