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PS5 Pro — rumors and everything we know so far

 A concept image of the PS5 Pro by Mark Illing.
A concept image of the PS5 Pro by Mark Illing.

Rumors of a PS5 Pro persist, and while the powered-up version of the current PS5 console has not been officially confirmed by Sony, one reliable insider has claimed it's “100% in development” and the online whispers refuse to quieten down.

A PS5 Pro would make even more sense as a form of stop-gap between the PS5 and what we'll dub the PS6. That's because, in legal documents pertaining to the battle between Microsoft and the FTC over the former's acquisition of Activision Blizzard, IGN found that Microsoft doesn't expect a next-generation PlayStation or Xbox until 2028. So a mid-generation refresh would seem logical given the potential length of this current generation of game consoles.

We expect the PS5 Pro will follow the lead of its precursor, the PS4 Pro. Essentially, this was a more powerful version of the base PS4 console. It packed the same DualShock 4 controller and library of games but was capable of increased performance and targeted 4K resolution on select titles. It was a console designed for gamers who wanted that little bit of extra power to enjoy PlayStation gaming at its very best.

The PS5 Pro would presumably do the same thing by building upon the foundations of the current PS5 with refreshed internal components and perhaps a visual redesign as well. But remember, it’ll be an iteration of the existing PS5 hardware, not a full-fledged successor; this is not the PS6.

Naturally, as the PS5 Pro has yet to be confirmed in any sort of official capacity, all we have to go off is rumors and a healthy dose of informed speculation. But for now, here’s everything we think we know about the PS5 Pro.

PS5 Pro latest news (updated Feb. 14)

PS5 Pro rumored release date and potential price

a concept image of the PS5 Pro by Mark Illing
a concept image of the PS5 Pro by Mark Illing

Last spring the PS5 Pro was tipped to launch sometime this year. This would line up with the three-year gap we saw between the PS4 (November 2013) and the PS4 Pro (November 2016), but more recent rumors have poured cold water on the idea that we’re mere months away from the rumored console launching.

Most recently, a leak of information pointed towards a September 2024 release window — as confirmed by Jeff Grubb on his podcast. Another prediction comes from Tom Henderson of Insider Gaming, who has repeatedly suggested that the PS5 Pro will launch in November 2024 as part of Sony’s ambitious upcoming hardware lineup that will also include a revised standard PS5 model (with a detachable disc drive) and a new handheld device centered around the console’s Remote Play feature.

Henderson’s assertion that we’ll have to wait until next year for the PS5 Pro has been backed by additional sources suggesting a 2024 release date is most likely. Plus, another leaker has claimed the PS5 Pro and the Nintendo Switch 2 will share a launch window. And as Nintendo is strongly rumored to launch its next console in 2024, that could place the PS5 Pro launch within the next 10 months.

In May of this year, Sony held its latest PlayStation Showcase event, and there was no sign of the PS5 Pro at all. This would definitely suggest that official news on the rumored console is not imminent. But at least the showcase was an excellent presentation of some brilliant-looking PS5 games!

When it comes to price, there is precious little out there to even give us an indication of how much we need to save up ahead of time. At release in 2016, the PS4 Pro cost $399, this was the same price the base PS4 had launched for three years earlier. Of course, three years into the PS4’s lifecycle the console had already received a price cut, which hasn’t happened for the PS5.

If the PS5 Pro was to follow the trend of the last generation, it would launch for $499. However, don’t be surprised if the PS5 Pro is pitched at an even higher cost, maybe even $599. Sony proved with the PSVR 2 ($549 launch price), it’s not afraid to charge a premium price for new hardware, so you might want to start saving those pennies as soon as possible because the PS5 Pro could be one expensive console.

PS5 Pro potential specs

Digital render of AMD Ryzen CPU sitting in motherboard.
Digital render of AMD Ryzen CPU sitting in motherboard.

When it comes to the PS5 Pro specs two words keep cropping up: 8K and ray tracing. We would expect these to be the two areas that Sony attempts to target with any form of revised PS5 hardware.

YouTuber Moore’s Law is Dead, has predicted that the PS5 Pro will be positioned as an 8K console to go hand-in-hand with Sony’s 8K TVs. While the current PS5 does claim to have 8K capacities, we’ve seen very few games run at that resolution on the hardware, and none of them are the most graphically demanding titles on the console.

By the end of this year or early next year, there should be new AMD chips available for Sony to make use of in its next hardware. The base PS5 currently uses an AMD Zen 2-based processor and RDNA 2 graphics on a custom chipset, but the PS5 Pro may instead sport a refreshed Ryzen APU, as suggested by Paul Eccleston of RedGamingTech. Like other recent Ryzen APUs, the one in the PS5 Pro may even include an NPU (Neural Processing Unit) that according to rumors, could be used to accelerate Sony's proprietary, machine learning-powered upscaling technique.

More recently, the YouTuber has released an alleged spec sheet that suggests the PS5 Pro's process could hit speeds "well over 3.6GHz."  In terms of graphics power, the GPU will reportedly be clocked at 2.7GHz, which is a bump on the 2.2GHz of the PS5’s current graphics processor. The same source claims the total compute power of the PS5 Pro will be around 23 teraflops (Tflops), which is more than the regular PS5’s 10.28 Tflops and the 12 Tflops of the Xbox Series X.

According to Paul’s source, a revised PS5 console would also aim to offer significantly stronger ray-tracing performance. Ray tracing has become a bit of a marketing buzzword in recent months, but it’s essentially a rendering technique that produces more realistic lighting effects. Tom Henderson also suggests that the PS5 Pro will have a strong focus on ray tracing and that legendary PlayStation console architect Mark Cerny is involved in the creation of the hardware.

A more recent leak from Henderson points to the PS5 Pro packing an upgraded CPU and RAM, 18,000 MT/s memory and 30 WGP (workgroup processors). He goes on to say the upgraded system will target more consistent framerates at 4K resolution, feature a new top-of-the-line "performance mode" for 8K resolution and sport "accelerated ray tracing." Henderson also suggests that a full PS5 Pro spec leak is imminent now that Sony has started sending out dev kits to third-party studios.

Another report from RedGamingTech suggests the PS5 Pro will boast an impressive GPU upgrade, but the almost archaic Zen 2 CPU is only getting an improved clock speed — no update to the latest Zen 4 CPU standard, and no additional cores, either. This could kill off the chances of us seeing the big benefits of those additional 24 compute units of graphical prowess.

Adding in our own speculation, there’s been a big push for player choice this console generation with many PS5 and Xbox Series X games offering either a “Performance” or “Quality” mode. The former typically targets a higher framerate, the latter a better resolution. It seems likely that the PS5 Pro would build upon this. We don’t expect a console that would be capable of running the best PS5 games in 8K at 120 fps with full ray tracing enabled. But instead, players may be able to further choose which elements are most important to them.

PS5 Pro possible features

a concept image of the PS5 Pro by Mark Illing
a concept image of the PS5 Pro by Mark Illing

We think it’s highly unlikely that the PS5 Pro will offer any exclusive features persé. As discussed above, it will likely boast more powerful internal components, but we don’t expect its upgrades will extend further into exclusive features or games.

However, most interestingly, these new improved elements will help fuel Sony's proprietary version of Nvidia's DLSS frame generation tech, which could see 4K frame rates go up to 120 fps.

The PS5 Pro is pretty much guaranteed to play all the same games as the PS5, and the current DualSense controller will almost certainly be the primary way you interact with the console. There is perhaps a possibility that the PS5 Pro will come packing the high-end DualSense Edge controller. But we wouldn’t bet on it as Sony likely wants to sell that premium $199 accessory separately to the most passionate PlayStation players.

It’s also been theorized that the PS5 Pro will work in harmony with the recently released PSVR 2 headset. This would make sense as virtual reality is clearly an area of great interest for Sony, and we expect its latest VR device will be supported for many years to come. There is a reasonable chance that PSVR 2 will also be able to take advantage of the increased power of the PS5 Pro for improved performance levels or sharper visuals.

PS5 Pro early outlook

DualSense Edge
DualSense Edge

Even though the PS5 celebrated its fourth birthday last November, in many ways, it still feels like this console generation is only just beginning. Publishers have opted to release their biggest games on both PS5 and PS4 over the past few years, and this includes heavy-hitting PlayStation exclusives like Horizon: Forbidden West and God of War Ragnarök. However, 2023's Marvel's Spider-Man 2 was a PS5-only release.

2023 is looking like the year that the PS4 was finally left behind, but it still feels like we’re at least a couple of years away from the base PS5 console hitting its stride. If a PS5 Pro is truly set to release in 2024, it would arguably come too early, launching just as the potential of its predecessor is being fully unlocked.

However, some recent high-profile games have been released in a less-than-impressive technical state (Star Wars Jedi Survivor is a prime example). So there are reasons to believe that developers could do with a little bit more power to play with, and the PS5 Pro could give them just that.

Sony would also pitch the PS5 Pro as a product designed specifically for the most enthusiastic gamers. It would not be intended as a replacement for the regular PS5, which would likely continue to be Sony's main console.

And the PS5 could have a bit of a captive audience, as Xbox boss Phil Spencer has said that we can't expect an upgraded Xbox Series X anytime soon. That could mean the PS5 Pro stands alone in a mid-generation refresh, especially if it arrives this year.

The PS5 Pro is highly likely to be marketed towards players who want the highest possible resolution, with the most stable framerates, and wouldn’t be designed to replace the standard PS5 hardware. The two could co-exist, as the PS4 and PS4 Pro did for several years. And as lovers of cutting-edge gaming ourselves, the various PS5 Pro floating around the internet have definitely got our attention.