A few days ago, the news was circulating that Sony would be charging players money for the upcoming PS4 Pro console to allow older games to take advantage of the new improved display options with the new console. With the upscaling of older titles being on of the main focuses of the PlayStation event when the PS4 Pro was announced, it caused a lot of dismay from fans. Turns out, it was a false alarm as it’s being reported that Sony will not charge for older PS4 Pro titles to be played with the new display options.
So it seems players will will not need to pay extra to play their old titles with the HDR effects of the PS4 Pro after all. Game patches for older titles would apply support for high dynamic Range (HDR) color on the PS4 Pro. We began by hearing word that developers would decide whether they charged players for patches that would allow their titles to support HDR on the new system.
This became such an issue because as previously mentioned, one of the biggest draws for gaining HDR was the ability to be able to get the new upgraded graphics and power on games already in your library, making the entire process a community streamlined initiative. Players won’t gain anything but better graphics and amore powerful system, but won’t have an advantage on playing against others with the original PS4. The upgrade would benefit players and their already extensive libraries, allowing them not to have to re-purchase titles for the new graphics and performance.
So, with that noted, here’s where the confusion comes in.
“Japan’s Game Impress Watch asked Sony Interactive Entertainment executive VP Masayasu Ito if these patches for HDR and/or 4K support would be free, to which he replied that “it will be different for each title,” and that it depends on the developer.”
This of course leads everyone to believe that on a game-per-game basis, players would most likely have to pay to patch a game they already have for a system they just paid for. It seemed impractical at worst and situationally upsetting at best.
Luckily, in a recent interview with Polygon, things were situated as a representative of Sony stated that they “will not charge consumers for patches.” While this didn’t exactly explain whether it’d be determined by developers or not, but t’s a safe assumption that developers won’t charge extra for their games to be played.
“In a thread on the NeoGAF forums discussing this topic, Absinthe Games founder Jack Sipich wrote that developers “are not allowed to charge you for patches or pro feature updates,” noting that there is no way for a price to be attached to a patch.”
With this new information, it’s safe to assume that none of the upcoming patches will charge players to play with HDR and in 4K. While Sony never clarified if the distinction of not charging was just for their own first party titles or would extend to all future titles. Here’s hoping they’ve learned from the player backlash associated with charging players for patches of old games.