PS5 Pro and Slim Models on the Horizon: Are They Worth the Wait?

Sony Interactive Entertainment released the PS5 as the successor to the PS4, delivering enhanced performance and a next-generation gaming experience in November 2020. Players are anxiously anticipating Sony’s future ambitions for the PS5 as it approaches its mid-term stage.

Strauss Zelnick, CEO of Take Two, Rockstar’s parent company, addressed the prospect of future updated PS5 and Xbox systems, as well as compatibility for the Nintendo Switch platform, during a recent media discussion.

Given the traditional release sequence of consoles, the PS5 is clearly in the midst of its lifespan. Based on recent experience, Sony is anticipated to release a lighter Slim version of the original PS5 as well as an upgraded Pro version.

A savvy internet user who previously anticipated the PS5’s hardware configuration and pricing, has now revealed predictions for the impending PS5 Pro and PS5 Slim models:

PS5 Pro:

  • CPU: 8-core Zen4/5, 4-5GHz
  • GPU: 72CUs RDNA3/4, 2.5GHz-45 teraflops, with AMD XDNA support
  • Memory: 16GB GDDR6/GDDR6x, 24GB/s, 768GB/s
  • Storage: 1TB SSD with similar performance to the current PS5
  • Price: $499-$599

PS5 Slim:

  • CPU: 8-core Zen4/5, 4-5GHz
  • GPU: 36CUs RDNA3/4, 2.5-3GHz, 23-28 teraflops, offering 2-3 times better ray tracing performance
  • Memory: 16GB GDDR6, 18GB/s, 576GB/s
  • Price: $399-$499

While the present PS5 supports multiple screen configurations like as 4K 60 frames and 4K 120 frames, activating ray tracing technology restricts the frame rate to 30 frames per second, falling short of gamers’ expectations for top-tier gaming experiences. Given the huge performance difference between the PS4 and PS4 Pro, it is logical to anticipate the PS5 Pro to deliver superior performance to handle next-generation titles.

PS5 Pro

PS5 manufacturing capacity had continuously increased as of March of the current year. Despite a 1.2-million-unit shortfall compared to the previous generation PS4, the system has a solid presence in the current next-generation console market, with sales exceeding 35.94 million units.

The PS5 Pro and Slim variants are likely to be released to bridge the gap until the introduction of the PS6, which is not expected until at least 2028. However, given Sony’s current supply of PS5 consoles, the PS5 Pro is unlikely to be produced this year, as Sony may prioritize clearing existing stock.

While waiting for the new models, now is an excellent time to get a PS5, as the system is now in stock. If you’ve been wanting to play any PS5 games, now is the time to buy them.

Sony Interactive Entertainment has scheduled a PlayStation Showcase on May 25, where the latest games and content will be unveiled in around one hour. Although the chances are slim, we may nonetheless look forward to any fresh information regarding the upcoming console at this display.

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