Sony is working on a PlayStation 5 Pro

Recent reports of a removable Blu-ray drive and modular design suggest that Sony is preparing a slimmed-down version of the PlayStation 5. However, many gamers speculate that, like its predecessor, Sony may also release a “Pro” version of the semi-upgraded PlayStation 5 console, boasting enhanced performance.

According to Insider Gaming, Sony is indeed developing a PlayStation 5 Pro, with specific details yet to be disclosed. It is anticipated to launch in the fourth quarter of 2024, with one of the goals of this mid-generation upgrade being to improve ray-tracing performance. Corresponding development kits are expected to be sent to first-party game studios in the coming months, as well as to third-party studios within the year.

In addition to the “Pro” version, Sony is developing other new hardware, including a Q-Lite handheld device, a new wireless headset, and a novel controller designed specifically for special recognition. The Q-Lite handheld device is slated for a fourth-quarter 2023 release, while the new wireless headset is set to hit the market before the end of the 2023 fiscal year (by March 31st, 2024).

As for the new PlayStation 5 with a removable Blu-ray drive and modular design, rumors suggest a launch around September 2023. The existing PlayStation 5 disc edition and digital edition are expected to cease production by the end of 2023. The new model will feature a redesigned chassis, significantly reducing size and weight, and providing cooler operating temperatures. The removable Blu-ray drive will use the console’s rear USB-C port, without compromising the device’s aesthetic appeal.