Sony tentatively plans to release PlayStation 5 Pro at the end of 2024

Prior reports have indicated that Sony is preparing an internally codenamed “D chassis” slimmed-down version of the PlayStation 5, featuring a detachable Blu-ray drive, with potential production slated for the second quarter of 2023 and a release in the third quarter. This new iteration has already reached developers and will introduce a revamped mold design, significantly reducing its dimensions for a lighter, more compact form factor, while operating at lower temperatures and gradually phasing out the existing model.

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In keeping with Sony’s past strategy, not only will there be a slimmed-down PlayStation 5, but also a more powerful “Pro” variant. According to Insider Gaming, Sony is developing the PlayStation 5 Pro, tentatively set for release at the end of 2024, with rumors suggesting that one of the objectives for this mid-generation upgrade is to enhance ray-tracing performance.

It is understood that the next-generation PlayStation 6 is not expected to launch until at least 2027, consistent with the current product cycle. However, some industry insiders have questioned the viability of a PlayStation 5 Pro, arguing that in the wake of prolonged chip shortages, production and sales of the current PlayStation 5 have only just stabilized, and Sony’s focus should be on its existing products, striving to sell more units. Moreover, the development of the next-generation PlayStation 6 console appears to have already commenced, and introducing a “Pro” variant may not necessarily be meaningful.

Recently, online sources have revealed that Mark Cerny will continue to oversee the development of the next-generation PlayStation 6 console. Given his previous roles as the architect for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, and PlayStation 5, such a decision comes as no surprise.