Sony is working on a new model of PlayStation 5, according to one of the best-known insiders in the video game industry. Tom Henderson argues that the so-called “PS5 Pro” is already in development and could go on sale at the end of 2024.
The person in charge of Insider Gaming cites multiple sources when talking about this eventual improved version of PS5, but more interesting is his statement that it could not be the only new model that Sony end up selling your popular console. In fact, he affirms that before the aforementioned “PS5 Pro” we could see a lighter PS5.
Although all this information is rumors not confirmed by Sony, it is not unreasonable to think that the Japanese company could end up repeating what it did years ago with its previous consoles. Let’s remember that PS3 had a lighter version (PS3 Slim), while PS4 had a more powerful model (PS4 Pro).
Regarding the so-called “PS5 Pro”, Henderson maintains that beyond the expected increase in image quality and performance, the new model could implement a system to “accelerate” ray tracing technology in video games.
To support this idea, he cites a recently published patent by the console’s architect, engineer Mark Cerny.
A PS5 with a removable drive
In parallel, Henderson, who previously successfully leaked various news about Sony, claims to have been informed about another PS5 model that will be released. later this year and that it will have a removable disk drive.
Apparently, this lighter model “will allow Sony to cut production and distribution costs” and, according to one of its sources, it will be “only the beginning of the new hardware that will reach PlayStation users during this generation.”
This information about the possible new models of the console comes at an important moment for the Japanese company. Earlier this year, the CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, Jim Ryan, announced the end of the PS5 shortage, something that has been reported for weeks as if it were practically a relaunch.
On the other hand, through a document that Sony sent last November to the UK Competition and Market Authority (CMA) it was possible to deduce that PS6 will not go on sale before 2028with which there is plenty of room for Sony to end up re-introducing a model with better specifications of its console.
Meanwhile, Microsoft fights the deal
On the other hand, Microsoft announced this Friday that it presented binding commitments to the European Commission to convince it to approve its plan to buy the American video game producer Activision Blizzard for 69,000 million dollars.
Microsoft, which markets the Xbox video game console, announced in January 2022 the acquisition of Activision Blizzard, publisher of successful games such as ‘Call of Duty’ y ‘Candy Crush’.
However, right from the start, this project of creating a huge global video game company faced questions from competition authorities.
In 2022, the European Commission (executive arm of the European Union, EU) opened an investigation into concerns that Microsoft could “block access to Activision Blizzard video games” for consoles and personal computers.
Another giant in the video game sector, Sony, also opposes the purchase operation.
The Commission’s final decision, which was scheduled for April 25, was postponed to May 22.
However, neither Microsoft nor the European Commission offered details of the commitments presented by the gigante digital.
“We’re delivering on our promise to bring ‘Call of Duty’ to more players on more devices by securing deals to bring the game to the Nintendo console and cloud gaming services offered by Nvidia, Boosteroid and Ubitus,” a Microsoft spokesperson said. .
“We now back that promise with binding commitments to the European Commission, which will help ensure that this agreement benefit players in the future“added the same source.
The mega-merger between Microsoft and Activision Blizzard is also a source of concern in the United States and the United Kingdom.
The US competition authority launched legal action in December to block the deal.
For its part, the UK regulator concluded in February, on a preliminary basis, that the operation “could result in higher prices and in fewer options and innovation for UK gamers”.