In video game land the response to the PlayStation 4 Pro exists on a spectrum. It's a short spectrum. Extreme enthusiasm and extreme hate does not exist on this spectrum.
On one end: "meh, it looks alright."
On the other: "meh, it looks a bit pointless."
But outside of our little bubble things look a little different. I have a surprising amount of friends asking me this question: "hey Mark, hey Mark, hey Mark... should I buy a PlayStation 4?"
They're asking this question because the answer just got a little bit more complicated. In the beginning mainstream players had a binary choice. Should they buy a PlayStation 4? The answer was forever Yes/No. Now the question has two parts.
1. Should I buy a PlayStation 4? 2. Should I buy the old one or the new one?
Outside of a few rare examples, this might be the first time we've had to answer two questions. Consoles are supposed to be simple. You're only supposed to be answering the one question.
Video game consoles aren't supposed to be this complicated, but this is the new reality. This means that folks like you and I — who regularly function as sounding boards for friends — we're gonna have to get used to a new set of questions.
The Xbox vs PlayStation question. Last generation I flat out told people to buy an Xbox 360 instead of a PS3. This time round I usually recommend the PlayStation 4. Simpler UI, games tend to run better, Xbox One is too big and clunky, etc.
I have my reasons.
Now the landscape is about to change. It's a subtle change, but it exists. Will I still recommend the PlayStation 4 over the Xbox One? Probably, but the gap is closing. The Xbox UI is less terrible, the Xbox One S is a super cheap 4K Blu-ray player. Neither PS4 console has that ability. That could be important to some people. If someone asks me which console they should buy, I might ask them: do you have a 4k TV? That might affect my answer.
But it might be a little too late. Before people used to ask me which console they should buy? That question usually meant a decision between Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Already I'm noticing people are asking me a different question: which PlayStation should I buy? That's bad for Microsoft, but also a tough one for Sony. Sony has some teaching to do here, they have a consumer base in need of education.
Me? I already have an answer to the question, and I've learned it by rote.
Basically this is my plan for every single conversation I'm going to have about the PlayStation 4 Pro in the next month or so.
My reasoning is pretty simple. If you already have a PS4, the Pro isn't really worth the hassle. If you don't have a PS4 there's no reason to not spend an extra hundred bucks future proofing yourself. There's a good chance you'll pick up a 4k TV before the next generation of consoles, might as well cater to that.
Or wait for the Xbox One Scorpio, when this question becomes even more complicated.