According to a report by Insider Gaming’s Tom Henderson, the PlayStation 5 Pro is anticipated to make its way to the markets soon, and he claims with utmost certainty that the PS5 Pro is surely happening. While the topic has created a lot of debate, considering Tom’s extensive insider knowledge, it’s hard to retaliate when he expresses in such strong and clear language:
Insider Gaming can report with a 100% degree of certainty that the PlayStation 5 Pro is currently in development.
Apart from PS5 Pro release, which he anticipates would happen next year, he is also positive that a new version of PS5 will release this year featuring a detachable disc drive. He has also anticipated the release of two new audio accessories for PS5, a pair of wireless earbuds and a wireless headset. Tom also expressed his suspicion about Sony designing a new handheld console.
PS5 Pro might feature a detachable disc drive
Some experts and insiders believe that Sony has been delaying the release of PS5 Pro in order to maintain a healthy gap between PS5 and PS6 releases. This was the case in 2016, when Sony released PS4 Pro that featured enhanced GPU and storage as a stopgap between release of two next-gen consoles.
Speculations indicate the PS5 Pro might feature a detachable disc drive, additional storage capabilities in digital edition, and enhanced performance, maybe even native 8K support. While some fans have complained about the current design and bulk of the console, hoping for a slimmer version, insiders deem it highly unlikely.
On all the PS5 Pro/Slim rumors – I don't think it's a pro or slim, My understanding is that it's just "gen 2" of the regular PS5.
The normal PS5 will cease production at the end of this year and the new model will start in April and begin selling in September.
— Tom Henderson (@_Tom_Henderson_) January 23, 2023
Sony and its history of ‘Pro’ gaming consoles
Sony has constantly shown a keen interest in updating their gaming consoles after the initial release, amping up the processing and/or storage capabilities. This is an evident practice since their release of PlayStation 3, which had two additional versions apart from the core edition, namely PS3 Slim and PS3 SuperSlim. As the name suggests, the consequent PlayStation 3 versions were aimed at cosmetic tweaking and size reduction.
PS3 original, dubbed PS3 Fat by users, featured PS2 & PS1 backwards compatibility, more color options, and Dolby HD audio capabilities. PS4 was no exception, with PS4 Pro released three years after the base model, featuring additional storage to allow users to digitally download and play games with HDR and 4K resolution support.
What features do you think PS5 Pro will showcase? Are there any flaws you’ve noticed in PS5 that you’d like fixed or some hardware or design that needs to be changed? Tell us your views and opinions in comments below.