According to Executive Vice President of Hardware Engineering and Operation at Sony Interactive Entertainment, Masayasu Ito, the PS5 could see a Pro model release midway through its life cycle the same way Sony released the PS4 Pro back in 2016. According to Ito, the PS4 Pro was used as a test case for the PS5 life cycle showing the advancements in technology midway through a console generation and Sony will most likely repeat the process for the upcoming phase.
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Ito was speaking to Game Informer were he explained that the current generation of consoles was expected to last seven to ten years but with the advancement of 4K and HDR technology, PlayStation had to release an updated version of the PS4.
[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”#00A7FF” class=”” size=”19″]we cannot fully catch up with the rapid development of the technology, therefore our thinking is that as far as a platform is concerned for the PS5, it’s a cycle of maybe six to seven years. But doing that, a platform lifecycle, we should be able to change the hardware itself and try to incorporate advancements in technology. That was the thinking behind it, and the test case of that thinking was the PS4 Pro that launched in the midway of the PS4 launch cycle.”[/perfectpullquote]
Sony will keep their eyes on the advancement of technology in the gaming space over the next five years and see where it goes. We know 8K TVs will slowly make their way into homes in the next couple of years so chances are, the PS5 Pro will be released to fully take advantage of this technology. Even though the PS5 is said to support 8K, this is most likely through streaming apps and the native system UI. Gaming in 8K is not on the table for the PS5 at the moment.
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