Update: "We will not charge consumers for patches," a Sony representative told Kotaku.
One of the strengths of the PlayStation 4 Pro is the fact that many older titles can be updated to run on the upgraded system with a downloadable patch. Most developers are leaning heavily on high dynamic range (HDR) color support and the system's built-in 4K resolution upscaling for their updates. All of the announced Pro mode patches are completely free, but according to one Sony executive, that might not always be the case.
"It will be different for each title. I believe it will depend on the thinking of each licensee," Ito replied when asked if all patches would be free or cost money.
"I think it will vary for each one of our titles," he added, when asked for clarification about Sony's first- and second-party titles.
There's no clear indication as to who will pay the costs of such patches and we're relying on a translation of a Japanese interview here. We've reached out to Sony for clarification on the report. If true, I'd be interesting to see who is the first developer to break ranks and charge players for 4K resolution and HDR support. I can already feel the firestorm.