The PS4 Neo, now dubbed the PS4 Pro, was announced Wednesday by Sony and, before the announcement, I was dreading the possibility of having to buy a new console three years after purchasing the previous one. Now that the dust has settled, though, I’m surprised to say that I’m disappointed that I don’t feel the urge to buy the PS4 Pro, because I don’t care about 4K or HDR. I’m confused why Sony didn’t show off any new exclusives for the new platform.
Before the unveiling Wednesday, many people were comparing the upgrade from PS4 to PS4 Pro to the leap from the iPhone 4 to the iPhone 4S, but I’ve been thinking the Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS are a better analog. A port of Xenoblade Chronicles was announced the day the New 3DS was announced and, since then, other titles like The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth and a wealth of Super Nintendo Virtual Console games are only playable on the handheld. I haven’t bought a New Nintendo 3DS, though, because I have no reason to. My launch day 3DS is still perfectly functional, and the only games I want to play on the New 3DS at the moment are ports of existing titles. There’s no “killer app” on the New 3DS.
Even though I don’t want to buy a new PS4, I’m open to the idea if a suitable reason is given as to why I need it over my current system. Making a game look better on a TV I don’t own isn’t the way to do this. Sony doesn’t want to alienate its 40 million customers who already own a PS4 — and I don’t blame them — but the system should be able to do more than just provide better lighting to a gaming world. I have no doubt that exclusives are already in the works for the PS4 Pro, and I hope that they make my PS4 look like crap so that I have a reason to empty my bank account. In the meantime, I’m going to sit down at my 1080p TV, play my normal PS4, and still be wowed by how spectacular The Witcher 3 looks.