Forget the PS5 Slim, PS5 Pro specs reportedly leak online
As we approach the three-year anniversary of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series, we're about due a mid-generation revamp. While Nintendo finally looks like it's gearing up for the Nintendo Switch 2, rumours of more new-gen consoles for Microsoft and Sony are going into overdrive.
Since its release, we've seen the PS5 reach astronomical heights. Despite issues with stocking due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the PS5 has continuously bested the Xbox Series in the sales department. Although neither can touch the Switch, another PS5 could help Sony trample Microsoft in the hardware department.
PS5 Pro specs leak online
It wasn't long ago we were sharing supposedly leaked images of the PS5 Slim. A skinny version of that beefy Wi-Fi router would be much appreciated, but it hardly compares to the potential punch of a PS5 Pro. Over on YouTube, RedGamingTech has the reported PS5 Pro specs, claiming that Sony has been hard at work.
Dubbing the PS5 Pro a "4K ray tracing monster," the video includes a lot of technical jargon. Basically, the PS5 Pro's biggest win would be a boost to power that will translate to a more stable 60 FPS at 4K resolutions. In theory, we won't be stuck grappling between framerate and performance modes.
We could also be enjoying 8K options and enhanced graphical features like accelerated ray tracing. If you want to know what's going on under the hood, the PS5 Pro will reportedly include:
- Custom APU with TSMC 5/4nm Process
- 8 Cores based on Zen 4
- Integrated GPU boasting 30 Workgroup Processors (WGP) and 60 Compute Units (CU)
- RDNA 3 or RDNA 3.5-based iGPU
- APU with 96 ROPs (50% more than the base PS5)
- CPU clocks at 3.6GHz and GPU clocks at 2.7GHz
- 16GB GDDR6 Memory
- An enhanced version of the in-built NVMe SSD
Does the PS5 Pro have a release date and price?
As the PS5 Pro has yet to be given the wink from Sony, there's no release date or price. However, with Microsoft potentially eyeing 2025 for its new Xbox Series X, the gaming Goliaths could ho head to head once again.
One person seemingly against the idea of a PS5 Pro is Take-Two Interactive boss Strauss Zelnick. Speaking to IGN about mid-gen refreshes, Zelnick explained, "Generally speaking, the mid-generation upgrades haven't really changed much," adding that these upgrades "aren't all that meaningful."
It's true that while the idea of a new PS5 or Xbox Series sounds great, there's not that much to entice developers. These overhauls are great for graphical and storage improvements aimed at consumers but don't really affect how developers make their games.
Also, with a new PS5, you can expect a hefty price tag. Just as the PS5 starts to drop in price, we could have to start saving for a PS5 Pro. Then again, unlike shelling out on multiple themed Nintendo Switches, the PS5 Pro is likely aimed at those who don't have the OG taking up space in their gaming setup.