It also seems that this move surprised Microsoft who will be competing head-to-head against Sony with their upcoming Scorpio Xbox console. Speaking to The Guardian, Microsoft’s Albert Penello said, “I don’t want to bait any sort of console war, I have a lot of respect for what Sony does, but analytically, I think they made some interesting decisions in their product that surprised me.”
He adds, “The lack of a 4K disc player, given Sony’s media background, was a surprise. Looking at what they’ve done historically, I don’t think many people would have predicted that. It’s interesting to me that [Sony] arrived at a very similar sort of strategy to Scorpio – we came to this bold idea independently of each other. Even though the tactics are different, the idea, fundamentally, is very similar.”
Now whether or not Sony’s decision will backfire remains to be seen as there have been pretty sound arguments made by those who are for and against Sony’s decision, but only time will tell. Sony’s PS4 Pro is set for a release this coming November.