The PS4 Pro is coming November 10th, 2016 and it’s going to cost $399. This was the original price of the PS4 when it released. Current owners may be wondering what they can do if they want the new system, but they don’t want to fork over $399 again.
A fair point indeed. Today we’ll look at the price of the PS4 Pro and how it affects the price of the PS4 and the Slim model that were announced. We’ll also look at the trade-in offers currently available for gamers who want to upgrade.
Déjà vu: The Price of the PS4 Pro and How it Affects Microsoft
Rumors were all over the place when the PS4 Pro was first leaked. Back then, we were still calling the it the PS4.5 and eventually the PS4 Neo after that. Towards the announcement of the actual system, rumors were all pointing to the announced $399 price.
This is a smart decision on Sony’s part as it introduces a price point that was very successful with the launch of the PS4. It also puts Microsoft in a position where they have something to prove. They’ve already been lashing out with information on how Project Scorpio/Xbox 2 is going to be more powerful, but they still haven’t addressed pricing or a final release date.
Michael Pachter, a famous analyst from Wedbush Securities spoke with GamingBolt about the price point and launch of the system, saying:
"I think that the $399 price point is a pretty big move by Sony, particularly with a launch this fall. It’s hard to justify buying a $299 Xbox One S when you get twice the HDD and future proof for 4K by buying PS4 Pro. I really think this puts Microsoft in a hole with Scorpio, as they will arrive a year late, and will have to charge competitively even to remain in the picture."
Excellent points across the board. Sony’s new console also sends waves through the pricing of the other two PS4 models. The Slim model, for starters, is available for $299. Furthermore, the original PS4 model is selling in bundles with games for lower prices than we’ve ever seen.
For example, some stores are now selling the original PS4 bundled with Call of Duty Black Ops III for as low as $350! Regardless of whether or not you’re going to upgrade or you want to buy a PS4 in general, the prices are better than ever.
Trade-in Offers For Gamers Who Want to Upgrade
The million of gamers that own PS4s, myself included, are wondering what we can do to upgrade. It’s clear that mainstream retailers will offer some kind of trade-in special for those who wish to upgrade, but we don’t have solid details yet.
That being said, we’re going to update this page as new information develops, so keep it bookmarked for all the latest news. In the meantime, here’s a quote from GameStop’s CEO, Paul Raines:
“We will be the leading global retailer in selling this wave of new consoles and offer a robust trade-in program to help people upgrade and make the PS4 Pro the must-have item this holiday and into 2017.”
It will be very interesting to see how today’s retailers respond to this and compete to offer upgrade programs for gamers.
What do you think about the PS4 Pro’s price point? Will you be buying one or upgrading? Let us know in the comments!
Article by - Bradley Ramsey
Insert date - 5/11/16
Updated - 9/17/16