The PS5, XSX and other game consoles have been on the market for more than two years. Microsoft and Sony have taken initiatives to increase purchases in order to alleviate the current shortage. In the future, their attention will turn to the introduction of new models. Sony is expected to launch the PS5 Slim in August this year, while the PS5 Pro, which will offer significantly improved performance, will be available next year.
The hardware performance of the PS5 Slim will be slightly different from the existing PS5. However, it will have a new exterior, presumably without an optical drive, and improved internal PCB and circuitry, resulting in a slimmer, lighter console with lower power consumption. The PS5 Slim will replace the current PS5 model. Those looking for a significant performance boost will have to wait for the PS5 Pro.
The PS5 Pro is internally referred to as “Project Trinity” according to Keytogaming, although Tom Henderson maintains its code name is “Viola.” PS5 Pro development began in 2022, and developers should expect to get the Dev Kit in November of this year, with the system expected to be released in November 2024.
PS5 Slim and Pro specs
Sony intends to deliver the updated PS5 Pro three years after the first PS5 is sold, which seems realistic. The PS5 Pro is said to include 30 sets of WGP units and 18Gbps memory, most likely GDDR6. WGP is separate from the CU unit of the previous GCN architecture, with 1 WGP equaling 2 CU units. The PS5 Pro’s GPU will have 30 WGP, which equates to 60 CU units and 3840 stream processor units when using the RDNA3 architecture.
Although less powerful than the RX 7900 XT’s 84 CU units, the PS5 Pro’s GPU should be on par with the yet-to-be-released RX 7800. It will far exceed the PS5’s 9TFLOPS performance with a floating-point performance of 50TFLOPS. As a result, the PS5 Pro will have better 4K gaming performance, an 8K performance mode, and light tracing for better graphics.
Finally, the PS5 Pro will mark the end of the PS5 generation as Sony shifts its focus to the PS6 platform in the future. The PS5 and its variants, including the PS5 Slim and PS5 Pro, will be supported for 3 to 5 years and an additional five years, respectively. A 10-year upgrade cycle is standard in the gaming industry.