PS5 Pro report seems to prove Sony eyeing mid-gen update

By Kes Eylers-Stephenson,

The PS5 Pro's existence has long been up for debate, but according to a new report, it looks like Sony is starting to eye up the mid-gen upgrade. We reported on the potential of the systems back in 2020, but the reality is closer.

PS5 might finally be in our homes, but it looks like Sony is already eyeing up an upgrade to mid-gen hardware with a PS5 Pro, according to a new report. Note that this is separate from the new PS5 model supposedly coming next year that will lob off the disk drive and make it a detachable device.

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A report from reliable insider Tom Henderson on Insider Gaming has offered insight into what is supposedly a new PS5 Pro dev kit. His source is none other than a GTAForums poster called Tez2, who is fairly reliable — but take your salt with you regardless.

“Most AAA studios should have received the dev kits of mid-life upgrades or should receive them by the start of new year,” the user posed with a later reaffirmation that this was not a prediction but a supposed reality. Henderson states he reached out to sources for further corroboration, but "due to the sensitivity of the information, sources were unable to give exact specifications on what could or is being upgraded for that console."

Last year we spoke to Moore's Law is Dead on the matter of a PS5 Pro and he stated about a PS5 Pro: "I can't confirm it. 2023 is the year that it makes sense to bring in a stronger unit — this would be after RDNA 3 is out on PC, and near enough to RDNA 4 for some updates to be considered from that architecture, like Sony used some of 2017's Vega in the 2016 PS4 Pro." While it might be a year or so out if we do indeed see the detachable disk-drive unit for cost next year, it seems Tom's tech notes might be more likely — a selection of data he has been repeating for a long time.

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Sony is plotting PS5 sales at another 30 million next year — an amount that would land it as the highest-selling home console in a year — so we can't imagine PS5 Pro would be a part of those plans. Previously, a TCL Technology presentation suggested that the Pro consoles would be coming in 2024.

2024 sounds like the most likely target, especially as it anecdotally aligns with rumours of the PS5 devkit being in developers' hands two years before release — some TT staff even thought the PS5 dev-kit looked better than the final console. Maybe this new piece of tech would help ease some PS5 disk problems? Let us know what you think in the comments and don't forget to check out our best PS5 games list.
Kes Eylers-Stephenson
Written by Kes Eylers-Stephenson
Editor Kes is our resident expert in PlayStation and other gaming news. He writes about exclusives like The Last of Us and God of War, PS Plus news, and his favourite games — The Witcher, Assassin’s Creed, and explosive racers — before an evening swim.
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