PS4 Pro is a wonderful machine and pushing PlayStation into the future with 4K gaming. However, it lack a very essentially feature any 4K device needs, a 4K Blu Ray drive.
What’s interesting is that a device which is $100 cheaper, Xbox One S, does come with a 4K Blu Ray Drive. And of course, Project Scorpio is expected to include the same component under the hood. So the question is, why would Sony not include a 4K drive?
Here’s what PlayStation Europe’s Jim Ryan has to say about the company’s decision.
It was one of a number of factors. As we’ve said ad nauseum, this is positioned primarily as a gaming device. Every design decision is taken with the gamer in mind in terms of specifications, functionality, price and various features. All of those things combine with our view that we want to future proof ourselves and increasingly the trend of consuming video content is from streaming services
The trend is changing and I do agree with Ryan. Buying disks is becoming an obsolete method of viewing entertainment content and most prefer streaming services like Netflix etc.
However, the concept is not dead yet which is why Sony is being criticised. It would still take at least another decade for us to see a significant drop in the demand of disks. By than, PS4 Pro itself would be obsolete so there is no point in saying that it is future proof.
It is not even fully present proof when it comes to 4K entertainment content.
Anyways, for those who prefer disks, Xbox One S is an option but if you would like to stick with PlayStation, streaming is the way to go.
PlayStation 4 Pro is now available to pre order at Amazon.