Well-known insider Tom Henderson believes that Sony may abandon the release of the PlayStation 5 Pro and will focus all attention on the regular PlayStation 5 throughout the generation.
He told about this in correspondence with users, commenting on the latest rumors about the plans of the platform holder.
Henderson noted that he had heard more about the PlayStation 6 from his sources than about the potential PlayStation 5 Pro.
Based on this, he concludes that the latter is not a priority for Sony in the current generation. "I'm not sure if there will be a Pro version of the console at all in this generation.
The potential of the usual PlayStation 5 has not yet been revealed, and it is still not possible to buy it freely everywhere - and it is unlikely that it will become massively available by the end of the year.
All I can say is that I've already heard more about PlayStation 6 than about PlayStation 5 Pro."
According to the information available to Henderson, Sony is now preparing the so-called "PlayStation 5 second generation".
This is the same universal model with a removable disk drive, which was reported last year. It will cost less in production and will completely replace the current models.
"As for all the rumors about the PS5 Pro and PS5 Slim — I don't think we are waiting for Pro and Slim. As far as I understand, Sony is preparing the "second generation" of the regular PlayStation 5.
The current consoles will cease to be produced by the end of 2023, the new model will begin to be assembled in April and will be released in September 2023.
Sony would not have stopped production of the PlayStation 5 "first generation" if it planned to sell different models that differ in cost and characteristics of hardware.
The new one will be cheaper in production and will save on transportation. So they will only produce it - a console with a removable disk drive."
Recall that Sony released the PlayStation 4 Pro three years after the release of the original PlayStation 4.
In the current generation, there may not be a need for such a product, experts say, since many studios have not yet had time to fully switch to new hardware, and the timing of game development has stretched very much.
According to Jason Schreier of Bloomberg, if you start working on a new AAA game today, it will most likely be released only on PlayStation 6.