PS5 Pro: Expected Release Date, Specs, and New Features

In the ever-evolving gaming landscape, Sony’s PlayStation has been a dominant force, constantly pushing the boundaries of what’s possible.

As the gaming community eagerly awaits the next iteration, rumors and speculations about the PS5 Pro have been swirling. In this article, we delve into the latest information, comparing it to its predecessors, the PS5 and the PS4 Pro, to give you a comprehensive look at what’s in store.

Key Takeaways

  • PS5 Pro is rumored to launch late in 2024, building on the success of the PS5 and addressing the evolving gaming landscape.
  • Codenamed “Project Trinity,” the PS5 Pro is expected to feature advanced AMD technology, including Zen 4 CPU architecture, RDNA 3 graphics, and a significant boost in performance.
  • Leaked details suggest a detachable Blu-ray player, providing players with an all-digital option and improvements to the DualSense controller to tackle battery life and dead zone issues.
  • Potential pricing is around $499, mirroring the PS5 Disc Edition launch price, with speculations ranging from $600 to $700 due to uncertainties in internal specifications and supply chain challenges.
  • While leaks and industry insiders strongly suggest a PS5 Pro, official confirmation from Sony is awaited. Gamers are advised to approach details cautiously until an official announcement is made.

Release Date (Expected)

Expected: Late 2024

The news and rumors surrounding the release date of the PS5 Pro have been a topic of fervent discussion since 2021, just a year after the PS5’s initial launch. In September of that year, YouTuber Moore’s Law is Dead suggested a potential arrival of the PS5 Pro by 2023, a prediction that ultimately did not materialize.

The prevailing online rumor indicates a 2024 release for the PS5 Pro, with the second half of the year being the most likely time frame. Two notably reliable sources contributing to this speculation are Tom Henderson of Insider Gaming and gaming personality Jeff Grub.

Henderson, renowned for accurate PlayStation hardware leaks, has consistently asserted a November 2024 launch. Similarly, Grub, known for reliable leaks though not flawless, suggested a September 2024 release on his Game Mess podcast.

While disputes over the specific release month persist, the convergence of these respected sources adds weight to the credibility of a late 2024 launch. Considering the rapidly evolving landscape of gaming hardware and the age of the PS5, now over three years old, a more powerful variant in 2024 seems plausible.

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Furthermore, industry dynamics and Sony’s likely desire for a strategic gap between the PS5 Pro and an eventual PS6 launch in 2026 or 2027 contribute to the anticipation.

Specs and Features

Expected CPU/GPU: AMD Zen 4 / RDNA 3 or 3.5

Other: dedicated AI chip, DualSense 2.0 controller, detachable Blu-ray

Allegedly codenamed “Project Trinity,” the upcoming PS5 Pro is set to redefine gaming experiences with a substantial boost in graphics rendering power compared to its predecessor.

Harnessing the latest technological advancements, the PS5 Pro specs are rumored to include an enhanced AMD APU featuring Zen 4 CPU architecture and RDNA 3 graphics processing, ensuring unparalleled gaming performance. The underlying hardware may even surpass current expectations, potentially incorporating Zen 5 CPU and RDNA 3.5 graphics technology, marking the next evolution in AMD hardware.

The detailed specifications reportedly leaked last year include an 8-core Zen 4 CPU, 30 WGP, 60 CU, iGPU based on RDNA 3 or RDNA 3.5, and an APU with 96 ROPs. The console boasts a TSMC 5/4nm process, CPU clocks at 3.6 GHz, GPU clocks at 2.7 GHz, 16 GB GDDR6 with 18,000 mt/s memory, and an impressive 23.04 TFLOPs.

While RDNA 2 may be beginning to show its age, first launched in 2020, RDNA 3 brings an estimated 50% increase in performance-per-watt compared to the RDNA 2, with improvements expected to filter through to rasterization and ray-tracing performance.

Other reports suggest that the PS5 Pro is expected to feature a dedicated AI engine (dubbed ‘Neural Processing Unit’) and a hybrid-core design (Zen 5 and Zen 5c) for increased computing power. Leaks suggest the console is deep into development, with game developers receiving development kits to optimize their upcoming titles.

Notably, the PS5 Pro’s 23.04 TFLOPs would give it twice the raw processing power of the current PlayStation 5. One effect may be that existing games that struggle to hit a consistent 60 FPS run smoother, while helping the growing range of PS5 games that include ray-tracing, such as Hitman 3, Cyberpunk 2077, Grand Theft Auto 5, and Elden Ring.

When PS5 games do offer ray-tracing, it often leads to a trade-off of reduced resolution, dropped frames, or a reduced FPS across the board. While ray-tracing on a top-end gaming PC can be breathtaking, we have yet to see a console provide it without a few compromises.

While the PS5 technically can support 8K resolution, the console limits its output to 4K. Only one game exists that technically runs at 8K — The Touryst — but the PS5 downscales it to 4K before it ever reaches your screen.

With the PS5 so close to hitting that benchmark but held back from delivering it, we may see the PS5 Pro open the gates for native output at 8K, in turn inspiring developers to take the technological leap.

Additional Hardware

Detachable Blu-ray Player and New Controller?

Regarding additional features, speculation surrounds a detachable Blu-ray player akin to the new PS5 Slim, providing players with an all-digital option for the Pro variant, with the possibility of a $70 add-on as an accessory. This innovative approach would allow players to seamlessly transition between physical discs and digital downloads, a flexibility not present in the original PS5 editions.

Rumors swirl that Sony is expecting to address concerns with the DualSense Wireless Controller through a second iteration. A new controller, recently spotted on a BestBuy Canada listing, would aim to extend the short battery life to 12 hours. The listing on BestBuy was swiftly removed and replaced with the standard DualSense listing — so we are waiting to see if this was in error or a genuine leak.

PS5 vs. PS5 Pro specifications

PS5 PS5 Pro (rumored)
CPU AMD 8-core Zen 2 @ 3.5 GHz AMD 8-core Zen 4 @ 3.6 GHz
GPU RDNA 2 @ 2.23 GHz (custom) RDNA 3 @ 2.7 GHz
Memory 16 GB GDDR6 16GB GDDR6
Total processing power 10.28 TFLOPs 23.04 TFLOPs
New features AI chip, new DualSense controller, detachable Blu-ray player

Price Comparison: PS5 Pro vs. PS5 vs. PS4 Pro

Expected price: $600 (€560, £480)

As speculation swirls around the potential PS5 Pro price, the general consensus suggests it will likely be more expensive than its predecessor.

While the PS4 Pro debuted at $399 in 2016, the PS5 Pro could carry a $499 price tag, mirroring the launch price of the PS5 Disc Edition in 2020.

Notably, Sony has a history of introducing Slim variants at the same price point, introducing flexibility into their product lineup. With the PS5 Pro on the horizon, Sony faces a choice between launching a more powerful device or offering discounts on the slimline consoles to cater to a broader market.

Generally speaking, the nomenclature “PS5 Pro” aligns with Sony’s convention for upgraded consoles, following the release pattern seen with the PS4 Pro three years after the PS4.

Additional speculations about the PS5 Pro’s price range vary from $600 to $700, reflecting assumptions about typical price differentials across models.

However, uncertainties about the internal specifications and ongoing supply chain pressures make any estimate challenging, leaving $600 as a reasonable projection for a slightly higher-end model.

The Bottom Line

The rumored late 2024 release of the new PS5 Pro promises a gaming powerhouse with advanced AMD technology, potentially priced around between $499 and $600.

If leaks hold true, the console could also introduce a detachable Blu-ray player and address DualSense controller issues.

Sony may need to work hard to convince existing PS5 owners to upgrade, but if gamers can enjoy 8K gaming, improvements including ray-tracing without compromising resolution or framerate, the cost may be worth it.

However, uncertainties and supply chain challenges make it wise to approach these details with caution until an official announcement from Sony.

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Alessandro Mascellino

Alessandro is a freelance multimedia journalist with a focus on emerging technologies. He is also passionate about the world of videogames and currently developing his narrative design skills.