The latest update from Tom Henderson at Inside Gaming reveals Sony is undoubtedly performing its job in creating and upgrading the mid-generation PlayStation, the PS5 Pro, which is still in progress.
Through the same reports, we know Sony will release a PS5 with a detachable disc drive later this year to decrease the current price of the PS5, and the PS5 Pro is a separate unit that may come straight out of the box by late 2024. Other details explain that Song currently has no plans for PS6 before 2028.
It was back in 2013 when the PS4 was launched at $400, and the PS4 Pro launched at $40 after three years. Sony still offers $400 and $500 versions based on the disc drive, and it remains to be seen whether or not there will be multiple models of the PS5 Pro, which gets an “optional” disc drive model going ahead.
Until now, this report has no details about what Sony is introducing in the upcoming upgrade version of PS5 Pro. A few assumptions from PlayStations’ Mark Cerny Sony may be looking to exceed ray-tracing capabilities and a few possibilities for better visual performance, speed, etc. Yet, there’s nothing concrete about any of that..
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Predicting whether upgrading to a PS5 Pro in a year and a half will be worthwhile is difficult. The Xbox One to Xbox One X jump was more considerable, but the PS4 to PS4 Pro jump was profound. Microsoft may also issue a mid-generation upgrade, but that is still uncertain. This generation’s “Series” identification always suggested that more hardware was coming. Yet, most Xbox hardware speculations have focused on a streaming box exclusively designed to play Xbox Game Pass/Cloud Gaming games; it is improbable that Sony would also make a similar device.
Sony recently released the PSVR 2 as their newest significant piece of hardware. Although VR fans praised the technology, it’s unclear whether the market will accept another VR headset, given that the sector is still in its infancy. And VR-based metaverse concepts are fading quickly. Even though Sony’s unit isn’t taking that route. With the success of the Switch and the Steam Deck, there have been heard many requests for Sony to return to the portable console market. But there has been no sign that this will happen regarding hardware.
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