CultureGaming

PS5 Pro: Rumors, Release Date and its Innovative Impact on the Gaming Industry

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK - JULY 15: Detail view of a PS5 controller during the FIFAe World Cup 2022 group stage as part of the FIFAe Finals 2022 on July 15, 2022 in Copenhagen, Denmark. (Photo by Joosep Martinson - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

The PlayStation 5 (PS5) has been an enormous success for Sony since its launch in November 2020. With over 40 million units sold globally, the PS5 became the fastest-selling console in Sony’s history. However, rumors are now swirling that an upgraded PS5 Pro model is in development and could release as early as 2024.

While Sony has not confirmed the existence of a PS5 Pro, various leaks, insider sources, and industry chatter have indicated that a more powerful mid-generation console refresh is likely in the works. This rumor has sparked plenty of speculation within the gaming community about what enhancements a PS5 Pro could bring.

According to several credible reports, including from renowned industry insiders Tom Henderson and Jeff Grubb, the PS5 Pro has the codename “Project Trinity” and is well into development, with demos ongoing. Henderson has suggested a release targeting November 2024.

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA - JULY 07: Detail view of the PS5 controller of Francesco Allocca (JustVirgil7) of Team Exeed during the FIFAe Club World Cup 2023 on July 07, 2023 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images

The prospect of a souped-up PS5 Pro has generated excitement among PlayStation fans eager for even higher fidelity graphics and performance. Like the PS4 Pro in 2016, Project Infinity would incorporate upgraded internal components, such as CPU, GPU, memory and storage.

Expected PS5 Pro Improvements

Key areas of expected improvement include achieving more consistent frame rates at 4K resolution, accelerated ray tracing capabilities, and introducing a new high-performance mode to enable 8K gaming. The PS5 already supports 8K output, but true native 8K gaming is extremely demanding and not feasible on the current hardware.

Access to new AMD Zen 4 architecture for the PS5 Pro’s processor and enhanced RDNA graphics is expected to push console visuals and speeds closer to what is possible on expensive gaming PCs. Ray tracing could also make lighting, reflections, and shadows look more realistic.

While concrete details remain scarce, credible leaks suggest Sony has ambitious goals for the planned PS5 Pro and its abilities. If the rumors and reports hold, the device could raise the ceiling of graphical fidelity in console gaming to new heights.

But, of course, improved performance typically comes at a higher cost. There is intense speculation about how Sony will price Project Infinity and position it in relation to Microsoft’s Xbox Series X/S. 

Release Date and Pricing for PS5 Pro

With no official confirmation yet from Sony, speculation is running rampant about when the PS5 Pro could release and how much it might cost. While concrete details are lacking, based on Sony’s past console refresh history and pricing strategies, educated guesses can be made.

Most leaks and rumours point to a 2023 or 2024 launch window for Project Infinity. Renowned industry insider Tom Henderson has suggested November 2024 is the target. This would follow precedents like the PS4 Pro, which arrived three years after the base PS4 model.

Sony seems keen to capitalize on its momentum and position the PS5 Pro as a premier holiday season release. The busy November – December period would make sense for maximizing sales.

PS5 Pro Release Date Timeline

Here is a brief timeline of notable leaks and speculation fueling rumours about the PS5 Pro’s possible release window:

May 2021 – Initial reports surface that planning for Project Infinity has already started at Sony.

February 2022 – Insider claims PS5 Pro development kits are being sent to game studios.

May 2022 – TCL company presentation leak mentions PS5 Pro and Series X/S updates coming in 2023/2024.

June 2022 – Tom Henderson reports 2024 is the target release for PS5 Pro.

August 2022 – Jeff Grubb predicts an official PS5 Pro announcement in 2023 for the 2024 launch.

– December 2022 – Additional sources corroborate the 2024 release window for PS5 Pro.

While 2023 was initially speculated, signs now point to the PS5 Pro more realistically arriving in 2024. This extended timeframe allows Sony to leverage advancements in AMD hardware expected later this year and gives developers more time to harness the PS5’s existing power.

PlayStation DualSense controller and NBA 2K23 on PlayStation Store displayed on a tv screen are seen in this illustration photo taken in Krakow, Poland on August 9, 2023. (Photo by Jakub Porzycki/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Photo by Jakub Porzycki/NurPhoto via Getty Images

PS5 Pro Pricing Factors

Pricing for the PS5 Pro is anyone’s guess, but Sony will weigh factors like:

Production costs – More advanced components likely mean a higher manufacturing cost.

PS5 sales– Strong ongoing PS5 sales reduce the urgency for a cheaper Pro model.

Competition – Microsoft’s potential Xbox Series X/S updates will influence strategy.

Economic conditions – Inflation and other macroeconomic factors affect pricing flexibility.

Given these dynamics, a $499 starting price seems plausible, but $599 would not be surprising. The premium for a generational leap in console performance may be worth it for devoted PlayStation gamers hungry for cutting-edge experiences. We will have to wait patiently for Sony’s official pricing reveal.

Specs and Hardware

While concrete details remain unconfirmed, the core hardware upgrades likely coming in the PS5 Pro can be predicted based on Sony’s goals and the available technology. CPUs, GPUs, memory, storage, and more could all see improvements to deliver higher-fidelity gaming.

CPU

The original PS5 uses a custom AMD Zen 2 CPU, but the PS5 Pro will probably utilize the newer Zen 4 architecture expected to launch later this year. The Zen 4 chips deliver approximately 15% faster processing and greatly improved power efficiency.

With a Zen 4 chip, the PS5 Pro CPU should have higher clock speeds for smoother performance in demanding scenes. More advanced instruction sets also boost ray tracing, AI processing, and 3D audio capabilities.

GPU

An upgraded RDNA 3-based GPU from AMD featuring enhanced ray tracing hardware acceleration is anticipated for the PS5 Pro. This upgrade would support ray-traced visual effects at higher resolutions and frame rates.

RDNA 3 GPUs can hit over 50 TFLOPs of power, far exceeding the 10 TFLOP RDNA 2 chip in the base PS5. While the PS5 Pro won’t match top-end PC GPUs, a significant bump to 15-20+ TFLOPs could enable stable 4K60 gameplay with ray tracing enabled.

PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 01: A gamer plays a video game on a Playstation PS5 console during Paris Games Week 2022 at Parc des Expositions Porte de Versailles on November 01, 2022 in Paris, France. After two years of absence linked to the Covid-19 pandemic, Paris Games Week is making a comeback in Paris. The event celebrating video games and esports will be held from November 2 to 6, 2022. (Photo by Chesnot/Getty Images)
Photo by Chesnot/Getty Images

Memory

Faster GDDR6 memory, likely 16-20GB instead of 16GB GDDR6, should significantly improve the PS5 Pro’s memory bandwidth for higher-resolution textures and assets. This expanded memory will reduce loading times and stream open-world environments.

Increasing memory speed from 448GB/s up to 768GB/s or higher will remove bottlenecks for feeding the improved GPU and CPU cores. More memory channels and a wider bus will facilitate this speed boost.

Storage

Rather than the 825GB SSD in the PS5, the PS5 Pro will probably have a 1-2TB SSD onboard. This enhancement gives plenty of capacity for 100GB+ game installs that are becoming more common. Faster PCIe Gen 4 speeds enable quick loading.

An expanded SSD with the same blazing-fast throughput as the original PS5 will keep those near-instant loading sequences that are such a big leap over traditional hard drives. High-speed storage remains a cornerstone of the PS5 experience.

Features and Capabilities

While the PS5 Pro’s hardware upgrades will be central to providing more power, Sony also has opportunities to showcase new features to make the console even more capable and future-proof.

A key expectation is that the PS5 Pro will retain complete backward compatibility with all PS5 games. This capability helps ensure a seamless transition for PS5 owners considering an upgrade.

Enhanced integration with the PSVR 2 also seems very plausible. The PS5 Pro could demonstrate the true potential of Sony’s new virtual reality headset with better graphics, resolution and overall performance.

Display Support

With HDMI 2.1, the PS5 enables 4K 120Hz gaming and 8K video playback. But Project Infinity could push display support even further with the following:

Native 8K gaming – The extra horsepower could make real 8K gaming possible on select titles without upscaling tricks. This feature would pair nicely with 8K TVs.

Smoother high refresh gaming – Higher, more stable framerates near 120 fps could be sustained in 4K resolution.

HDR refinements – Increased peak brightness and more advanced HDR features can improve contrast and colour.

Ray Tracing Acceleration

Ray tracing generates incredibly realistic

GLENDALE, ARIZONA - JANUARY 02: A general view of the PS5 banners on display in the end zone during the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl between the Oregon Ducks and Iowa State Cyclones at State Farm Stadium on January 02, 2021 in Glendale, Arizona. The Iowa State Cyclones won 34-17. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)
Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images

PS5 Pro Impacts on Gaming

Introducing the PS5 Pro will likely have ripple effects across the gaming industry. Developers could take advantage of the upgraded hardware in key ways, while support for the PS4 may finally begin to fade.

Opportunities for Developers

For game creators, the PS5 Pro unlocks new potential to optimize experiences for those wanting cutting-edge performance.

Higher base standards – With more power, base PS5 specs essentially rise for new releases.

Additional graphics modes – Games could offer a specific high-end “PS5 Pro Mode” tailored to the upgraded hardware.

Ray tracing expanded – More consistent ray-traced effects become achievable for developers to include.

Higher framerates – Game engines can push towards 120+ fps at 4K resolution on Project Infinity.

Bigger game worlds – Extra memory and storage provide the capacity for more open-world content.

Shorter loading – Lightning-fast SSD throughput enables instant scene transitions.

Phasing Out PS4 Support

The PS4 will have seen nearly ten years of support by the time Project Infinity debuts. With over 100 million PS4s sold, the install base is still huge.

But the PS5 Pro finally gives developers a license to fully move on from old-gen consoles and optimize solely for PS5-class hardware. Supporting ageing PS4s holds back innovation.

Late 2023 or 2024 PS4 support should rapidly fade outside games already deep in development. The PS5 Pro signals the official next-gen era has finally arrived for developers and players alike.

Of course, as a mid-cycle upgrade, the PS5 Pro is not expected to have true next-gen exclusive games. But its added horsepower provides glimpses into what the eventual PS6 might offer for those eager to be on the cutting edge.

Final Thoughts

As Sony’s premier console, the PlayStation 5 still has many years left. But the prospect of a supercharged PS5 Pro model coming in 2023 or 2024 has generated intense speculation and excitement.

While details remain unconfirmed pending an official announcement from Sony, credible leaks paint a compelling picture of what Project Infinity could offer. The upgraded processor, graphics, portability, memory, storage, and more could increase console gaming performance.

Realizing stable 4K 120fps gameplay, vivid ray tracing effects and support for 8K resolution represent some of the ambitious goals for the PS5 Pro. Based on historic pricing trends, this additional horsepower will come at a higher price, likely $499 at minimum.

Of course, the PS5 Pro is expected to fully support the existing PS5 library while showcasing the capabilities of peripherals like the PSVR 2 headset. For developers, the more powerful PS5 Pro unlocks opportunities to optimize experiences for those seeking the bleeding edge of fidelity and speed.

The eventual sunset of PS4 support will also come more swiftly on the heels of Project Infinity launch. This signals the next-gen era has truly begun, with PS5-class hardware as the new baseline.

While many gamers are content with the impressive standard PS5, the PS5 Pro will target those chasing the highest resolution, most immersive experiences possible from console gaming. If the current rumours and leaks hold, it could be an exciting milestone for PlayStation fans when Project Infinity launches in 2024.