In the ever-evolving world of video game consoles, the competition among giants like Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft continues to intensify. As they vie to outdo each other in console sales, game releases, and subscription services, the rapid pace of technological advancement remains a constant challenge. Notably, devices like the Nintendo Switch, introduced in 2017, are already feeling outdated, with anticipation building around their successors. Sony's PlayStation 5, launched in November 2020, is not immune to this phenomenon, despite its relative newness and a high-profile game lineup that lacks titles like GTA VI.
Recent leaks suggest Sony is responding to these technological pressures by developing an upgraded version of its current console. The PlayStation 5 Pro is rumored to be Sony's answer to staying ahead in the console race. These rumors have gained traction, especially with the announcement of GTA VI's release in 2025, which is speculated to be initially exclusive to consoles. Sony reportedly plans to seize this opportunity by unveiling the PlayStation 5 Pro towards the end of 2024.
Exciting developments from PlayStation 5 Pro
Details emerging from a leak on the ResetEra forums have shed light on what might be expected from the PlayStation 5 Pro. According to a forum user citing reliable sources, the new model, codenamed "Viola," will be fabricated on TSMC's N4P process. It's expected to maintain the Zen2 architecture found in the current PS5 for compatibility reasons but with a dynamic frequency reaching up to 4.4GHz. The GPU, dubbed GFX1115, will have 28WGPs (56 CUs) enabled from a possible 30WGPs, along with 3584 shaders, 224 TMUs, and 96 ROPs. It's also rumored to feature 16GB of 18 gbps GDDR6 memory, offering a bandwidth of 576 GB/s.
One of the key focuses of the PS5 Pro will be its temporal machine learning upscaling technique, supported by the XDNA2 NPU. This feature aims to deliver stable upscaled 4K output at higher frame rates. Additionally, the architecture will be RDNA3, with ray tracing improvements from RDNA4, promising enhanced performance in games that utilize ray tracing.
The PlayStation 5 Pro is expected to offer a significant performance boost over the current models, with a 50-60% increase in rasterization capabilities and over twice the raw RT performance. The anticipated reveal date for this exciting new console is September 2024, aligning with the launch of other major titles and potentially setting a new standard in console gaming.