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No, Sony’s not charging for PlayStation 4 Pro patches

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The PlayStation 4 Pro is coming later this year, bringing an upgraded version of the dominant lounge-bound gaming system to your UHD TV. Featuring a significantly faster GPU, faster memory and an increased clock speed the PlayStation Pro is capable of delivering the sort of visuals you’d get on a high-end Pc – and uses some very clever techniques to upscale to 4K without sacrificing too much in the way of visual fidelity.

Future PS4 games will come with support for PS4 Pro features enabled by the extra power – but older games will to, with Infamous: Last Light as one of the games used to show off the extra juice. Last week, a report suggested that developers may actually charge users for patches enabling those features on older games, which is a ridiculous notion.

In the original report from Japanese site Game Impress Watch, translated by Kotaku it was suggested that Sony would charge for PS4 Pro patches.

Game Impress Watch: For the 4K HDR patch for existing titles, will it cost money? Or will it be free?

Sony Interactive Entertainment exec Masayasu Ito: It will be different for each title. I believe it will depend on the thinking of each licensee.

Thankfully, it’s not just ridiculous – it’s also untrue. Clarifying, a Sony exec very quickly shot down the notion. Sony has said that they “will not charge consumers for patches.”

On top of that, a developer at Absinthe Games has said that developers aren’t allowed to charge for those sorts of patches at all, even if they wanted to.

The PlayStation 4 Pro is out this November. We have no idea when it’ll be released locally, though we have asked.

Last Updated: September 12, 2016


  1. HairyEwok

    September 12, 2016 at 08:23

    Well if they patch The Last of Us Remastered to run smoothly on the PS4 Pro at 4K, they’ll make a whole bunch of people happy that actually have the game and a UHD-TV.
    I’m guessing the PS4 Pro will release locally just before Christmas time. Perhaps 12 December?


  2. Darren Peach

    September 12, 2016 at 09:51

    Mmm. Yum.


  3. Darren Peach

    September 12, 2016 at 10:01

    I don’t get the name. PS4 pro ? It kinds feels unusual for a console. What makes it pro ? It makes more sense to call a more feature packed version of a particular software package pro. But in the realm of gaming, creating a distinction like that to separate the different consoles available to the end user is daft. Maybe call it PS4 Pimped…… It may be corny but it sounds a touch more appropriate then pro.


    • Matthew Holliday

      September 12, 2016 at 12:28

      Its like adding the “gaming” or ” Xtreme” prefix to hardware and peripherals.

      redundant and superfluous.

      words that make you think “so shiny, here, have my money + the 20% premium you’re charging for the prefix.”


      • Darren Peach

        September 12, 2016 at 13:50

        I still prefer Pimped.


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