Rumor: PlayStation 5 Pro Launches in Late 2024 with Accelerated Ray Tracing Performance

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The PlayStation 5 is already an excellent console that features some nice hardware from AMD, but an even better model is supposedly coming soon. According to sources with Insider Gaming, Sony is developing a PS5 Pro, and not only that, it’s scheduled to release as early as next year, in late 2024. The specifications for the new Pro model are still a mystery, but new patents that PlayStation architect Mark Cerny recently filed have led many to believe that it could feature better ray tracing, bringing the platform a tiny bit closer to PC. Insider Gaming has clarified that this is not the same console as the new PS5 with detachable disc drive that was previously reported. The publication also hinted that the PS6 would not be released until at least 2028.

From an Insider Gaming report:

Insider Gaming previously reported that a new PlayStation 5 with a detachable disc drive is scheduled to release later this year. It’s understood that this new model will phase out the current PlayStation 5 to cut down on production and shipping costs. In spite of the widespread reports, this is not the PS5 Pro model.

This is “just the beginning of new hardware coming to PlayStation users this generation”, said one source when talking about the detachable disc drive console.

As for what the PS5 specs will entail, details are limited. However, a recently-published patent by PlayStation architect Mark Cerny (spotted by @Onion00048) suggests that Sony Interactive Entertainment is looking to “accelerate” ray tracing performance in video games.

Just like with the PS4 to the PS4 Pro, we can generally guess pretty confidently that the PS5 Pro will have increased visuals, performance, and speeds. But as for leaked details, we’ll have to wait until a later date to release those.

Insider Gaming understands that the next generation of the PlayStation, the PS6, is unlikely to release until at least 2028. This would put the current generation console release schedule in line with its predecessors.

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