Last generation, PlayStation broke away from the trend of releasing new console hardware every 6-7 years, providing a more powerful console dubbed the PS4 Pro.
Sony is expected to continue this trend for the PS5, with rumors pointing to the existence of a PS5 Pro. While this mid-gen refresh is not official yet, leaks from reliable sources have already given us a good idea of what this console will look like.
Here’s everything we know about the PS5 Pro so far, including its release date, pricing, and specifications.
PS5 Pro Mid-Gen Refresh Specifications
This console should offer a noticeable bump in performance over Sony’s existing hardware. The most reliable report on specifications so far comes from Tom Henderson, who claimed that it includes 30 WGPs(Work Group Processors) and 18,000 MT/s memory.
This translates to around 60 AMD CUs(Compute Units). For reference, the PS5 ships with 36 CUs, and the Xbox Series X includes 52 CUs. The PS5 Pro’s Compute Units count would put it close to the Radeon RX 6800, a decent option for entry-level 4K gaming.
If they kept 4 RBs per SA and upgraded them to RB+ yes.
— Kepler (@Kepler_L2) December 11, 2023
AMD leaker Kepler also expects 128 ROPs based on the traditional layout of Viola, the PS5’s SoC. The same leaker states the GPU will be based on the RDNA 3.5 architecture, bringing over a few features from AMD’s next-gen RDNA 4 offerings.
This should translate to better performance than the Radeon RX 6800 in real-world gaming, particularly on the ray tracing side.
Over on the CPU side, Sony appears to be sticking with the same 8-core Zen 2 CPU. However, this CPU will receive a bump to clock speeds for better performance. A source from Resetera suggests that clock speeds could go as high as 4.4GHz.
The same source pointed to a 256-bit memory bus and 576 GB/s memory bandwidth. Still, it is difficult to pin down exact specifications since these details come from a range of sources.
Ray Tracing & Machine Learning
Sony appears to be experimenting with new technology to deliver better-quality ray-tracing for the PS5 Pro.
The Resetera leak pointed to 2x ray-tracing performance over the PS5, but more interesting are the details on Sony’s bespoke machine-learning solution for this new console.
This would translate to Sony’s take on DLSS, information that has been corroborated by the very reliable Jeff Grubb.
PS5 Pro Vs. PS5 Vs. Xbox Series X Specifications
Based on the leaked specifications, we have compared the PS5 Pro with the current generation PS5 and Xbox Series X.
|PS5 Pro (Alleged)
|Xbox Series X
|Ryzen Zen 2 8c/16t
|Ryzen Zen 2 8c/16t
|Ryzen Zen 2 8c/16t
|Up to 4.4GHz
|Up to 3.5GHz
|Up to 3.8GHz
|RDNA 3.5 60 Cu
|RDNA 2 36 Cu
|RDNA 2 52 CU
|Up to 2.0GHz
|Up to 2.23GHz
|10GB @ 560 GB/s
6GB @ 336 GB/s
Physical Disc: $599
Physical Disc: $499
PS5 Pro Release Date
According to reliable sources, the PS5 Pro is expected to ship later this year. Last year, a trusted leaker confirmed that developer kits were distributed to third-party studios in December.
Can't comment on other peoples leaks because I don't know.
Internally, Sony is expecting full specs to leak this month because of dev ket distribution to 3rd party studios. https://t.co/sJ9x4OGjtQ
— Tom Henderson (@_Tom_Henderson_) December 11, 2023
Therefore, a 2024 release seems to be locked in. Reliable leaker Jeff Grubb has also predicted a launch in September, so the console should arrive between September and November this year.
Last year, Sony released the PS5 Slim on 10 November. This is further evidence that a similar timeline will be followed for the mid-gen refresh, allowing retailers time to stock up for the Holidays.
PS5 Pro Price
This will be an interesting aspect of the PS5 Pro that could make or break the console. Last year, the PS5 Slim came with a slight price hike at $450 for the digital model, while the disc edition retained its $500 price.
Looking at PlayStation’s trend last generation, the PS4 Pro was priced at $400. However, by then, the base model was already discounted to $300, marking a $100 difference between the two consoles.
Therefore, the PS5 Pro is expected to start at $500-550 for the Digital Edition, with the Disc Edition costing around $600 compared to the base variant, leaving a similar $100 price gap between the two consoles.
Moore’s Law is Dead recently analyzed the leaked specifications and discussed his thoughts with various sources, throwing around the idea of a $500 price for the PS5 Pro Digital Edtion.
He states that the specifications are not wildly better, the motherboard and power delivery should cost the same, and memory might be cheaper than the original launch model’s.
Therefore, a $500 price point seems reasonable. If this ends up being the case, the disc model could cost $550.
Once released, the PS5 Pro will be crowned the industry’s most powerful console. Phil Spencer has confirmed that a refresh for the Xbox Series X is not being planned, though leaks indicate an early launch for Microsoft’s next-gen Xbox console.
February 15, 2024: Updated content to add the price of the digital console based on the new leak.
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