Now that the PlayStation 5 is “available” (in short supply in several countries), rumored that the PlayStation 4 Pro is going to be discontinued if it is not already a decision made. The rumors increased when the same Sony website updated the mentioned product with a message that gives much to think about.
“CURRENTLY THERE ARE NO PLANS TO RESTORE THIS ITEM IN THE FUTURE” says Sony under the product that is not currently selling due to lack of inventory. It is the only product in the recent line of consoles that has this message and basically points out the obvious, the official price between this and the PS5 is very low.
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Therefore, it is not worth buying a PS4 Pro, instead of a PS5 that even costs the same if you buy the digital version. The PS5 has everything that a Pro and much more, backward compatible games run even better on the new console, so the Pro loses its meaning over the months.
It is worth noting that the same does not happen with the base PS4 since it costs $ 250 (or less elsewhere), so it is still a good cheap option for those who still do not have the best-selling console of the last generation.
The most recent precedent is the PS3 which was discontinued in 2016, three years after the launch of the PS4. It may be the way of the PS4, in 2023, but we do not know that of the pro version that would be withdrawn early. Another antecedent that supports this opinion is in the competition, the One X also stopped being produced in favor of the X Series, so it seems that there is sense in this type of decision.
The PlayStation 4 Pro was released in November 2016, so this upgraded version would have had a short life of four years, one year longer than the Xbox One X that launched in November 2017.