Sony has finally sorted out the PS5 inventory shortage, and the gaming console is readily available for purchase, many people have already started wondering if the PS5 Pro could be a thing. After all even PS4 received a bigger and better successor PS4 Pro after 3 years of its release.
Though there are some rumors regarding the release of PS5 Pro that are far between right now, every gamer is now wondering about the development of Sony’s next generation of consoles.
In this blog post, we have compiled all of the information surrounding the PlayStation 5 Pro.
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Do keep in mind that most of the details available here come from leaks and rumors, so take them with a pinch of salt.
PS5 Pro Development
While the news related to PS5 Pro’s existence is nothing in the ground till now, there have numerous instances where companies have revealed its existence, accidentally. The existence is possible of the PS5 Pro was confirmed in May 2022 during a TCL showcase. Sharing a link for a Polish leak was officially shared by Insider’s Gaming Tom Henderson.
The tweet included two images from a conference by TCL Technologies, where it not only allegedly leaked the hardware for the PS5 upgrade, but also the existence of the upgrade Xbox Series X/S.
As noted by many users, this could have been speculation or forecast on the company’s roast. However, this was the first mention of the PS5 Pro ever spotted in the wild. The rumor mill has been since brewing with not many details on the horizon.
Though another Twitter user named Onion00048 recently pointed out that Mark Cenry filed a patent to optimize their ray tracing. So this referred to the console finally getting its long-awaited update.
Moreover, as per Insider’s Gaming report, sources confirm that PS5 is due for a mid-cycle upgrade, and Sony is already working towards releasing PS5 Pro in late 2024.
PS5 Pro Release Date
As previously mentioned, sources have confirmed the development, Insider Gaming reports that the new version of PS5 will be launching sometime in 2024. In the last generation cycle, Sony launched the PlayStation 4 Pro in November 2016, 3 years after the launch of the PS4 in November 2013.
With Sony’s past record and PS4 receiving the Pro upgrade, next year’s holiday release may very well be true. However, we need to remember that only this year Sony was able to fix the distribution problem, with PlayStation 5 shortage.
Moreover, Tom Henderson in his recent YouTube video talked about the PS5 Pro and PS5 Slim, where he speculates that a new PS5 model with a detachable disk drive which announced later in 2023. Post that, the Pro model should likely be available in stores in 2024, which is in line with the timeframe that took the PlayStation 4 after the original console.
PS5 Pro Design
It’s difficult to hypothesize the design of PS5 Pro and Slim. The PlayStation 5 itself is an immense size in terms of gaming console, though it stands out of the pack, and takes a lot of space in your gaming setup.
If we go by the previous version of Sony’s gaming console PS4 and PS4 Pro standards, we can expect PlayStation 5 Pro model to be beefer than its predecessor.
If the specification and features upgrades become a reality, then PlayStation 5 Pro will be bigger in size. However, if Sony is aware of the user’s feedback on the PS5, the company definitely knows the players are requesting a smaller console.
So the PS5 Pro may preserve the same bulky design as its previous version and cram the latest components within.
PS5 Pro Specifications
The next thing a lot of people wonder about PS5 specifications of the PlayStation 5 Pro. There was quite a noticeable performance leap between the PS4 and PS4 Pro when it was launched back in 2016. In the case of PS5, however, the base console itself supports next-generation features like ray tracing, higher resolution gaming (4k@120hz)
What the next version of PS5 could include is a better Radeon GPU to deliver better frame rates while utilizing ray-tracing and supporting 8k gaming, at last. As we stated earlier in this post TCL Technologies also claimed the same during their presentation. Sony’s next-generation console might include the upcoming RX 7700XT Graphics Card based on the RDNA 3 architecture, enabling true 8k @ 60Hz gaming.
Currently, the PS5 is based on AMD’s Zen 2 architecture, utilizing an 8-core processor and 16 GB of RAM. This allows the console to deliver 4k @120Hz gaming with ray tracing. In the two-plus years since its launch, AMD has made great strides in the CPU segment.
So you can expect the PS5 Pro to utilize the latest AMD Zen 4 CPU architecture, which will bring better performance and enhanced efficiency. Further, a report from the last year suggested that the PS5 Pro will give double the performance than PS5.
Sony should consider upgrading their internal SSD to provide more usable storage space to gamers. The PlayStation 5 has an 825 GB SSD with 667 GB as usable space.
We expect Sony to take the user’s feedback into consideration and equip the new PS5 Pro with an internal SSD of 1TB offering more usable storage for gamers, to install new games as most games PS5 are more than 100 GB, currently, users have to install or upgrade the SSD on their console’s right now.
The CPU and GPU upgrades, coupled up with 8K TVs becoming cheaper and mainstream in the coming years, could make the PS5 Pro a better investment for gamers.