During the interview Sony Interactive Entertainment executive Masayasu Ito was asked if patches for previous games would cost money. In response he said “it would depend title to title.”
For further clarification the interviewer asked “”What you’re saying is that there will be titles that have a fee [for the patch] and [patches for the] titles that are free?” To which the response was simply “That is correct.”
It’s worth noting that earlier in the interview Ito acknowledged that all “new content” would come with PS4 Pro support out of the box. So these comments, if referencing a fee for consumers, seem to only be referencing older games that need new patches to update to 4K.
However the interview was done in Japanese and some context could have been lost in translation which is why many outlets have already reached out to Sony for clarification. This could mean multiple things. Perhaps Sony has no policy on rather or not these updates can cost money, and third parties could potentially charge a fee. Perhaps there was some confusion and the fee was actually a developer fee, something Sony already charges for patches to begin with. Though the interviewer was asking about both first party titles and third party titles, so some of these roads don’t make sense logically. Sony wouldn’t charge themselves to support their own hardware.
It will be interesting to see how this plays out because I don’t believe anybody will be too thrilled to see a price next to a needed update to a game, at all. Let’s not start that trend….ever.
PS4 Pro releases ovember 10, 2016 and cost $399/£349.