Microsoft has officially kicked off the 4K console war at E3 last June, but it isn’t because of its announcement of Project Scorpio that Sony decided to ship a brand new PlayStation 4 with enhanced raw power later this year – it was because of PC gaming.
According to SIE CEO and president Andrew House, Sony decided to push for PS4 Pro because they looked at the data regarding mid console life cycle and noticed there’s always a loss of interest in gamers about that time as they search for more satisfying graphical experience elsewhere.
“I saw some data that really influenced me,” House said in a recent interview with The Guardian. “It suggested that there’s a dip mid-console life cycle where the players who want the very best graphical experience will start to migrate to PC, because that’s obviously where it’s to be had. We wanted to keep those people within our ecosystem by giving them the very best and very highest [performance quality]. So the net result of those thoughts was PlayStation 4 Pro—and, by and large, a graphical approach to game improvement.”
So it seems for Sony the true competitor is PC and not Project Scorpio anymore when it comes to PS4 Pro – and that could also be believed basically because Project Scorpio has not released yet, so it’s about one year of advantage they’ll have by the time Microsoft ships its new console in 2017.