According to folks from the Xbox camp, the arrival of PlayStation Pro about a year before Microsoft's new console hits the market is actually a good thing for folks looking forward to playing on the high-end Xbox Scorpio.
Sony took the stage in New York yesterday to discuss quite a bit of hardware. After showing off some new footage from games like Mass Effect Andromeda and Horizon: Zero Dawn, they gave folks an eyeful of the PlayStation 4 Slim model, PlayStation VR and the PlayStation 4 Pro, formerly known as the PlayStation Neo.
Along with having a 1 TB hard drive and all sorts of other bells and whistles, the PlayStation 4 Pro will allow games to be displayed in 4K. Along with future games launching in 4K right out of the box, Sony is reporting that a number of developers are already working on patches for existing games to take advantage of the new console feature.
Earlier this year, Microsoft announced that its own evolution of the Xbox One, the Scorpio, will boast 4K gaming as well. But while The PS4 Pro is due out in November of this year, the Scorpio isn't expected until holiday 2017, meaning there's a full year to wait before Microsoft's new console arrives.
In speaking with Polygon, Microsoft's Albert Pnello said they are totally comfortable with the PS4 Pro's year head start, as it will give developers a chance to basically kick the tires before the Scorpio arrives.
So, as we mentioned above, developers are only just now integrating 4K into their console offerings. While some games will be ready for prime time in November and others will have 4K support patched in, it stands to reason that, by this time next year, developers will have 4K on consoles figured out and it should be standard on pretty much everything available. If there are any growing pains, in other words, they should be worked out by the time Scorpio comes along, making for a seamless transition.
But while Sony is earning the advantage of launching their Pro console a year before the Scorpio, another advantage favors Microsoft. Specifically, they'll get to see how folks react to the Pro and have plenty of time to make adjustments as needed. If they notice developers struggling with certain things, maybe they can finagle the Scorpio to address that before it ends up in anyone's hands. Also, since all of the Pro's features are now known, maybe Microsoft will opt to sweeten their own offering with extra functionality before the Scorpio launches.
It's an interesting game unfolding behind the scenes, one we look forward to seeing play out. Both Sony and Microsoft have things working in their favor here, but it'll be interesting to see if all of this leads to even more success for Sony or perhaps a leveling out effect that brings the Xbox One to new heights.
Let us know your predictions in the comments below.