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archbrix said:

So I stand by my original post: While I’m all for people having choices, I do still prefer the more traditional method of a universal system that ages gracefully.

Impossible in a 8 year generational cycle. Eventually the biggest AAA games will target large and bigger specs, whether it's a PC or a Pro version because that's a selling point. They will not hold off to make fancier graphics, as the players are pretty much expecting all installments to be graphically superior to the older ones. The framerate issue will happen regardless of the existence of the pro model, The Last of Us 2 runs only 30 FPS even on Pro model meaning eventually every big PS5 release will be 30 FPS. What the Pro Model will offer is a chance to upgrade it to a version with better resolution for people who are start to get annoyed of seeing their console to show its age (and mind you, that WILL happen)

Besides, what happens if the console maker do not release a Pro model is that you're giving Microsoft and Sony bigger margins when selling Playstation and Xbox, as manufacturing costs go down and their prices keep the same the whole generation. If a Pro Model they can at least price cut the base models in a few years. More accessibility, more people buying consoles, more options, more games running better. Not a single bad thing about Pro releases.