On January 12, 2023, OpenAI Co-Founder and President Greg Brockman announced plans to launch a “professional version” of ChatGPT, which promises to offer higher limits and faster performance.
Eager users were able to apply via a waitlist, and on Jan. 21, the first batch of users got to test out the newly-awaited upgrade.
Yet people still have a divided sentiment on its current pricing.
Advantages of ChatGPT Pro:
- “always available (no blackout windows),”
- will offer “fast responses from (i.e. no throttling),” and
- will allow users to send “as many messages as [they] need (at least 2X the regular daily limit).”
ChatGPT Pro Will Cost $42/Month
The waitlist included a survey, which asked for users’ country of residence, how they use ChatGPT, and various questions about pricing, such as their willingness to pay for the service and what they consider to be too expensive or too cheap.
OpenAI’s waitlist campaign appeared to have served a dual purpose: enabling interested users to apply for the initial pilot program and determining optimal pricing for the premium service. As it turns out, not all who participated in the survey were given early access.
But for those who were, they were able to use ChatGPT Professional right away. Right off the bat, you can see that ChatGPT Pro generates text significantly faster. You can play the demo by Zahid Khawaja below:
Khawaja also shares that context length is pretty much the same while the number of prompt requests will be doubled. But the biggest benefit is the fact that it is available whenever you need it (can’t say the same for the free version these days).
Are these features worth the $42 price tag? It seems that a lot of people find it too expensive as a monthly subscription. Others also state that the benefits far outweigh the cost.
ChatGPT Pro is for Power Users
ChatGPT is a revolutionary large language AI model that functions like a digital assistant, able to seamlessly provide assistance in a variety of tasks such as creating newsletters, brainstorming ideas, and providing personalized information at your fingertips.
But alas, being too good has its drawbacks, at least from a user’s point of view.
As the demand for ChatGPT has grown, the model has been experiencing bottlenecks in the last few weeks, with the team having to scale up more than a few times per day to keep up with demand. Even with these efforts, the model is constantly at full capacity, which has led to some users experiencing crashes and other errors while using the chatbot.
In fact, some users have experienced an existing bug causing the error “rate limit reached for chat-gpt”.
OpenAI is currently dealing with several server issues for its beta platform. However, pro accounts will likely be placed under priority and won’t suffer the same outages. Brockman also made it clear that ChatGPT will still have a free version.
But now that the ChatGPT has emerged, a lot of users especially from third-world countries are already raising concerns about the dwindling quality of the free version, as well as the possibility that it might be removed entirely.
If you are eligible to subscribe to the pro version today, you should see an upgrade option in your account. Otherwise, you’ll have to wait for the full release.
Overall, the future looks bright for ChatGPT and the team at OpenAI. With the professional version of the model on the horizon, we can expect to see even more impressive capabilities from this groundbreaking technology. It’s an exciting time to be alive, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for this amazing model.
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