IS Sony secretly building a PS5 Pro? It’s impossible to say for sure – but it’s certainly possible.
We’ve wrapped up some of the hottest PS5 Pro news and rumours, including an idea of when the PlayStation 5 Pro release date might be.
What is the PS5 Pro?
The PS5 Pro is a new PlayStation console rumoured to be in development.
Sony hasn’t officially confirmed such a console, but it’s looking increasingly likely that one will eventually launch.
Importantly, Sony already pulled this trick with the PS4.
The PlayStation 4 came out in February 2013, and was followed up by the PS4 Pro in September 2016.
This model had significantly more powerful processing capabilities, and finally allowed PlayStation games to be played at 4K resolution.
A PS5 Pro could give gamers a similar graphics boost – if it exists.
And it would give Sony a better shot at competing with newer gaming PCs too.
PS5 Pro release date – when is the PS5 Pro out?
There’s no guarantee that Sony will produce a PS5 Pro.
So it’s impossible to say for sure when one will come out.
But we can take a guess based on previous Sony history.
There was a 3.5-year gap between the PS4 and the PS4 Pro.
By comparison, the PS5 came out on November 12, 2020.
So we’d expect a PS5 Pro to launch somewhere between November 2023 and November 2024.
The big challenge for Sony this time around is that the tech world is undergoing a major chip shortage.
This is part of the reason why it’s been so hard to get your hands on a PS5 since launch.
And it could mean Sony may struggle to mass-produce another console in the next few years.
This could result in a late 2024 launch instead.
It’s likely – but not guaranteed – that Sony would launch a console at some point in the run up to Christmas.
This would let it capture holiday buyers who want to snap up a console for the festive season.
PS5 Pro news and rumours – specs and features
Without an official Sony announcement, we only have rumours, leaks and speculation to go by.
We know that Sony has produced a “Pro” console before – as has its rival, Xbox.
So it seems likely that it will happen again for the PS5.
Part of the problem is that Sony’s PS5 is already very powerful.
It can handle 4K gaming with stunning graphics – including ray-tracing for shadows and light.
The console supports high 120Hz refresh rates too.
So where does Sony go from there?
One claimed feature of the PS5 is that it could support 8K games, although that hasn’t transpired yet.
In a few years, 8K TVs might be more common – and a PS5 Pro could find use there.
Similarly, better processing power would allow for more realistic virtual reality titles to run off the PS5.
More storage space is a very easy upgrade for the PS5 Pro – perhaps 1TB or even 2TB.
That would allow gamers to squeeze more titles onto their consoles.
Ultimately, games will become more demanding in years to come – and the PS5 Pro would help players keep up with those changes.
So a PS5 Pro may be a great option for players looking to better “future-proof” their gaming, just as PC owners upgrade their PCs.
PS5 Pro price – how much will PS5 Pro cost?
When the PS4 Pro launched, it cost $399 / £349.
That matched the original launch price of the PS4.
So Sony could pull a similar trick this time, dropping the cost of the PS5 and using the old launch price for the PS5 Pro.
By that measure, gamers would be paying $499 / £449 for a PS5 Pro.
However, the global chip shortage could mean Sony is forced to charge even more for a PS5 Pro console.
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