Japanese journalist Zenji Nishikawa has posted a video on YouTube in which he states that Sony will be releasing a PlayStation 5 Pro model alongside the regular base model come launch day, which is expected to be near the end of 2020.
He goes on to explain that this is because players are interested in having the high end model straight away and Sony would like to please the fans. This is just a rumour but Zenji Nishikawa seems quite reputable (he got a thank you on the credits of The Last Guardian!) and if Sony can make an extra buck with a PS5 Pro then it would make sense to have it from day one. Also, if Microsoft don’t have the Project Scarlett Pro at the same time then Sony will when back the prized “most power console” sticker.
Given what we know about the hardware inside the PS5 the base model is going to be pricey, we’re expecting around the £400 – £450 mark, obviously a Pro model will be more expensive but even at £550 that seems to be within the budget of some gamers.
The PlayStation 5 – or whatever it ends up being called – will not be revealed until next year but we do know a few details already.
The CPU is based on the third generation of AMD’s Ryzen line and contains eight cores of the company’s new 7nm Zen 2 microarchitecture. The GPU, a custom variant of Radeon’s Navi family, will support ray tracing, a technique that models the travel of light to simulate complex interactions in 3D environments.
The dev kits for the console are already with developers and thanks to a few leaks we have a render of what one could look like.
At a recent company strategy briefing Sony Chief Executive Kenichiro Yoshida discussed the machines power, highlighting features such as ray tracing. “Details when making games have become more important than ever,” he said.
The good news for us is that “Sony is concentrating its attention on large software publishers as it gets ready for the next PlayStation”, so should see some stonking games on the new console. They have recently stated that “the content becomes more important than ever” and are looking to buy more developers.
Sony still welcomes games from independent studios, the first Sony official said, but the emphasis is on strengthening relationships with large publishers since resources are limited. The thinking is, the official said, that people buy a console to play high-quality games available only on that platform, not smaller games also available on smartphones.