The PlayStation 5 has been out for over two years, and while it has performed admirably, some believe that the next generation of consoles arrived too soon. The limited supply of the PS5 made it challenging to get a hold of one in its early months, but sales have now stabilized.
Despite rumors of the development of the PlayStation 6, it appears that Sony is preparing to release a PS5 Pro. The original PS5 promised native 8K gaming and up to 120 FPS, but it struggles to even handle 4K at 60 FPS, especially with ray tracing enabled.
There have also been few games that truly take advantage of the current hardware. In the coming years, we can expect to see more true next-gen games, and it seems that Sony is preparing the PS5 Pro to fully support these titles with maximum performance.
The past two years have primarily seen the release of “cross-gen” titles due to the challenges of obtaining a new-generation console. However, we can anticipate the arrival of actual next-gen games in 2023, and it seems that Sony is getting ready to unveil the PS5 Pro to provide the best possible performance for these titles.
PlayStation 5 Pro Release Date?
Sony’s Vice President Senior, Hideaki Nishino, reportedly announced in an interview with Japanese media outlet Famitsu that the launch of the PS5 Pro is scheduled for the fiscal year 2023, which begins in April. While Nishino did not provide specific details, he indicated that there would be new releases from the company in the coming fiscal year.
“UNTIL THE END OF FISCAL 2022, THE SALES OF THE PS5 WILL CROSS THE 37 MILLION MARK. WE BELIEVE THAT WILL ALSO BE AN IMPORTANT MOMENT FOR THE PLATFORM. I CAN’T GIVE FURTHER DETAILS RIGHT NOW, BUT I HOPE YOU’RE EXCITED ABOUT THE NEXT YEAR”.Hideaki Nishino
Tom Henderson: The famous industry Insider
Tom Henderson is a well-known industry insider who has recently hinted at potential changes to the hardware of the PS5. Henderson reports that a new model with a removable disc drive has been tested and is allegedly in the hands of some developers. It is important to note that although Henderson is a reputable source within the gaming industry, his comments have not been officially confirmed by Sony and should be treated with caution until an official announcement is made.
New PlayStation will Have Removeable Disc Drive
According to recent reports, Sony is reportedly preparing to release a new version of the PS5 with a removable disc drive and potential hardware revision. This version could allow the company to sell the console without a disc drive at a lower price point while offering the disc drive as a separate accessory for those who need it. It may also potentially reduce the size of the console. Sony has not officially confirmed these details.
PlayStation 5 Pro Specifications
The PlayStation 5 Pro will have a 12-core 3.5 GHz AMD Zen 2 processor and a 14 teraflop AMD RDNA 2 graphics processor. The GPU architecture is based on RDNA 2 technology, and the device has 18 GB of GDDR6 memory with a bandwidth of 512GB/s. It has a storage capacity of 1TB, which can be expanded with an NVMe SSD slot, and it also has a 4K Blu-Ray optical drive.
PS5 Pro Specifications
- CPU: 12-core 3.5 GHz AMD Zen 2.
- GPU: 14 teraflop AMD RDNA 2.
- GPU architecture: RDNA 2.
- Memory: 18 GB GDDR6.
- Bandwidth: 512GB/s.
- Storage: 1TB.
- Expandable storage: NVMe SSD slot.
- Optical Drive: 4K BluRay.
PlayStation 5 Pro or PlayStation 5 Slim; or Both?
It is unclear whether Sony plans to release a PlayStation 5 Pro or a PlayStation 5 Slim, or possibly both. The device has a 1TB storage capacity that can be expanded with an NVMe SSD slot, and it also features a 4K Blu-Ray optical drive.
So far, we have not seen many games that genuinely push the limits of the PS5’s hardware. The console struggles to support all of the “next-gen” features simultaneously, often requiring players to choose between higher resolution or a stable frame rate. Similarly, enabling ray tracing can also impact other aspects of the hardware. Ray tracing is a demanding technology expected to become more prevalent in the industry. It may be difficult for the PS5 to keep up with these standards without a hardware revision.
The PlayStation 4 Pro, released in 2016, promised improved performance and 4K resolution for games. While it was capable of dynamic resolution ranging from 2K to 4K, it was the first PlayStation console to reach 60 FPS in most games consistently. The release of the PS4 Pro set a precedent for Sony to potentially release a Pro variant of future consoles, leading to speculation about the potential release of a PS5 Pro.
It is not uncommon for Sony to release slimmed-down versions of its consoles, as the company has a history of releasing compact versions dating back to the original PlayStation. The PS4 received a slim version alongside the Pro variant in 2016. With PS5 being a relatively large console, it is unsurprising that there has been speculation about the potential release of a PS5 Slim.
A removable disc drive could allow Sony to offer a digital-only version of the console while providing a separate disc drive accessory for those who prefer physical media. It is worth noting that these details have not been officially confirmed by Sony and should be taken with a grain of salt until an official announcement is made. The PS5 Slim may feature subtle hardware upgrades over the vanilla PS5, but it may be positioned below the rumored PS5 Pro in terms of performance.
PlayStation 5 Pro Price
It is currently unclear what the pricing for the rumored PS5 Pro will be, but it is expected to cost slightly more than the standard PS5, potentially around $600. The possibility of a removable disc drive could lead to a reduction in the overall cost of the console, as Sony could offer the disc drive as a third-party accessory.
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