If you’re planning on upgrading your current PlayStation 4 to a PS4 Pro when it launches on November 10, Sony has confirmed that the new system will be compatible with your existing downloaded games, saved data, and PSN Friend lists:
PS4 Pro exists in the same digital ecosystem as the standard PS4 in all regards; two PS4 console systems, one PlayStation Network, one PS4 community. This means you can start playing a game on your PS4 Pro, upload the saved data to online storage using PS Plus (sold separately), and pick up your progress on a standard PS4 in another room. It also means that all content and saved data that you already own on PS4 are fully compatible with PS4 Pro on day one.
In order to transfer your games, saved data, and Share content from a standard PS4 to PS4 Pro, they explain that you’ll need an Ethernet cable and system software update 4.00 or higher:
You will be able to copy your games, saved data, captured videos and screenshots, system settings, and other content from a standard PS4 to PS4 Pro using a standard Ethernet cable. This process will also work from standard PS4 to standard PS4, PS4 Pro to standard PS4, and PS4 Pro to PS4 Pro provided that both units have system software update 4.00 or higher installed, and the same PSN account is signed into both systems.
Alternatively, you can log-into PSN with your PS4 Pro, access your games and content library, and re-download your previously purchased games and content. Of course, your saved data in online storage will transfer as well.
As PlayStation UK’s Hollie Bennett adds, the PS4 Pro will launch with system software version 3.70 on November 10. Version 4.00, which has been in beta for a few weeks, will be out next week and includes HDR capability, as well as many other features.
If the 1TB HDD included with the PS4 Pro isn’t enough for you, Hollie said you’ll be able to upgrade to a larger hard drive, but she didn’t say if 2TB will be the limit.
Sony also touched on the new DualShock 4, which is included with the slimmer PS4 and PS4 Pro. Although it “does not introduce any significant new functionality,” it allows the light from the light bar to appear on the touch pad. “It also supports USB communication in addition to Bluetooth communication,” Sony adds.
The new DualShock 4 is fully supported by every PS4 model, while existing DualShock 4 controllers are fully supported by PS4 Pro.
Will you be upgrading to a PS4 Pro?