Sony Interactive Entertainment officially announces that players using the original PlayStation 4 will be able to transfer their console’s data onto the PS4 Pro.
It’s no secret that plenty of Sony fans are eagerly anticipating the company’s forthcoming release of the PlayStation 4 Pro, but some gamers who are still enjoying the comforts of the standard PS4 are undoubtedly wondering whether or not they should make the leap to the enhanced version of the console. With that in mind, perhaps Sony’s recent reveal that those who are currently using the original PS4 can transfer their data to the PlayStation 4 Pro will serve as an enticement to purchase the 4K-enabled system upon its launch this November.
According to a video on PlayStation Access’ YouTube channel, PlayStation UK community manager Hollie Bennett detailed that PS4 fans will be able to utilize the feature by way of an Ethernet cable. Apparently, users will eventually be able to copy and then transfer games, saved data, videos, screenshots, system settings, as well as many other details with the use of this process.
Furthermore, the ability to move data across PlayStations will supposedly work between any two PS4 consoles, regardless of its status as an original, Pro, or Slim model. Of course, these aren’t the only stipulations involved when it comes to shuttling information from one Sony platform to another, as the impending Update 4.0 for the PlayStation 4’s system software will have to be installed, while the same user account will need to be signed in to both systems.
As of writing, Sony has yet to unveil the actual date of availability for Update 4.0, but it did, however, state during the recently held PlayStation Meeting that it will release a firmware update sometime next week with the launch of the PS4 Slim in order to add support for high dynamic range color to all of its consoles. Nevertheless, it’s currently unclear as to whether or not this specific piece of software will indeed be version 4.0.
Should the ability to transfer PS4 data via Ethernet cable be a smooth as it sounds, then Sony fans will get to experience a much easier process than the present methods. For now, users can either back up one PS4 to an external hard drive to then restore that data on a second system, or they can log in to their PlayStation Network account on the new console — provided PSN being down doesn’t impede them — and manually re-download all their previously purchased materials.
Taking all of this into consideration, it seems as if Sony is putting a lot of its resources into ensuring that the PlayStation 4 Pro becomes a success. Naturally, though, it remains to be seen as to whether or not fans will respond well to all of these mid-cycle console upgrades, for the soon-to-be flooded market of proprietary gaming systems could simply drive players toward building their own PCs.
The upgraded iteration of the PS4 known as the PlayStation 4 Pro is set to launch on November 10, 2016, while the PS4 Slim comes out on September 15, 2016.