Giant Bomb reporter Jeff Grubb said he’d been able to corroborate claims that Sony is working on a mid-gen PS5 upgrade.
“That PS5 Pro leak is almost certainly real based on what I’ve heard now, and obviously I’m not the only one out there saying that, but I can throw my ‘confirm, confirm, confirm’ into the ring for everybody,” he said.
The system “probably” is coming out in September 2024, Grubb suggested.
“The current specs are based on a range of possibilities because they have not actually fully dialled that in,” he claimed.
“The big thing here, like the big feature that this system will support, is Sony’s own proprietary DLSS-like solution, where they use their own machine learning to improve images so they can run things at a really high resolution and really high frame rate, and they would include their own hardware in the PS5 Pro to do this.
“That’s where like the 2x hardware ray tracing acceleration comes into place, but they would be able to do even more than just better hardware ray tracing. So yeah, this thing is probably happening.”
DLSS (deep learning super sampling) is a feature exclusive to Nvidia graphics cards. On PC, it works by using AI to upscale the resolution of games, effectively allowing developers to achieve higher graphical settings and better frame rates on weaker hardware.
In legal documents published this summer, Xbox maker Microsoft said it was expecting Sony to release PS5 Slim and Pro consoles in the near future. PS5 Slim launched in November.
Sony is aiming to ship 25 million PS5 consoles during its current fiscal year ending in March 2024. If achieved, it would beat a 25-year-old console sales record set when the original PlayStation shipped 22.6 million units over a 12-month period.