The "Pro" moniker used to mean something, now it just means expensive version.
Today was a big day in tech with both Sony and Apple announcing their new gadgets to the world; Sony has a new version of it's PlayStation 4 game console, Apple has a new version of it's iPhone. It wasn't long ago when Apple was very effectively, and accurately using "Pro" badge as a real distinction in their hardware. Today, Sony decided to jump on the bandwagon. But first, let's take a look at a few other pro devices on the market.
Apple's MacBook Pro and Mac Pro are (were, depending on who you talk to now) powerhouse machines aimed at professionals, often in the tech or creative realm. You can still buy these machines and expect a level of power and functionality that will likely give you everything you need to get the job done. Microsoft's Surface line accurately labels their Surface Pro as a device with tools you need to do whatever you gotta do. Run Photoshop/Adobe Suite, Visual Studio, Xcode, full DAWs. Hook up devices, game consoles (yes you can code from a $599 Surface to an Xbox One - Mandy has done it) ...literally whatever you need. They are truly tools professionals can utilize that have little to no barriers (within reason of course).
Well today, Sony's entry into the "Pro" category IS A *drum roll*
One that is no different than the other version it's r̶e̶p̶l̶a̶c̶i̶n̶g̶ complimenting, aside from a bump in power to play higher fidelity games... as entertainment. PlayStation Pro, a more expensive entertainment/consumption device.
Clearly, the Pro name hardly means professional anymore. I already scoffed heavily at the contrived usage of the Pro badge on the new iPads. You added a stylus (Pencil) and a terrible keyboard case, slapped Pro on there and watched the marketing gimmick take hold. Sure, you could get a custom app made to do something like inventory, or maybe if you type for a living, that is technically possible, but to call it a Pro machine is a stretch, with it's phone OS and purposely guarded ecosystem. Even for an artist, adding a stylus isn't going to replace your computer in a job. You can do sketches, sure, but most artists will end up back in Photoshop (or whatever) to do the technical side of a graphics jobs.
The term, I think, people should be using here is Prosumer. Ya know, a device quality enough that can be use to make a decent quality creation. Prosumer makes sense, and though unlikely, maybe that's what they are channeling. Well, maybe not for the PlayStation... that's just a fucking game console.