PS5 Professional: Specs, launch date, controller, value and different rumors


PS5 Professional rumors have been flooding in for a while now. As such, if you have not gotten a PS5 but, it could be finest to attend a number of months.

Sony will reportedly launch a powered-up “Professional” model of the console as quickly as this 12 months. To be clear, there hasn’t been an excessive amount of stable, dependable reporting on the subject simply but, however rumblings of a PS5 Professional have solely gotten extra intense as time has gone on.

However what would a PS5 Professional truly entail? Let’s dig in.

PS5 Professional launch date

The one (and I imply solely) actual proof that now we have of the PS5 Professional’s existence comes from Serkan Toto, a gaming business analyst from Kantan Video games. Toto just lately informed CNBC that he believes a revamped PS5 could possibly be within the works for launch in late 2024. A part of the reasoning for that is that Sony reduce its gross sales forecast for the following fiscal 12 months, maybe signaling that the PlayStation model may use a lift within the close to future.

PS5 laying on its side

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Toto additionally talked about the upcoming launch of Grand Theft Auto VI in 2025 as an excellent purpose for Sony to get new {hardware} in folks’s leisure facilities.

These are merely the phrases of an analyst who would not work for Sony, so it is truthful to take them with a grain of salt. Nonetheless, the prediction considerably traces up with Sony’s previous actions with the PlayStation model. For instance, the PS4 Professional got here out in 2016, three years after the launch of the PS4. Late 2024 will mark 4 years for the reason that launch of the PS5.

As we enter the latter half of the PS5’s life cycle, 2024 would be the solely 12 months the place it is smart to launch the PS5 Professional.

PS5 Professional specs

Due to a leak from The Verge’s Tom Warren, the PS5 can have the next inner upgrades over the PS5:

  • 10% CPU enchancment

  • 45% GPU enchancment

Warren additionally added that the PS5 Professional frees up 1.2GB extra system reminiscence for builders for a complete of 13.7GB (in comparison with the PS5’s 12.5GB).

PS5 Professional value

That is the place the shortage of stable reporting on the PS5 Professional’s existence turns into tough to cope with.

PS5 and PS5 disc version

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Since we do not even know that the PS5 Professional exists, it is unattainable to say how a lot it might price. All we are able to actually do is look again on how Sony dealt with the PS4 Professional, which is definitely considerably encouraging. The upgraded PS4 launched at $399 — the identical value the unique PS4 launched at three years prior. Maybe Sony will drop the value of the usual PS5 and launch the Professional at $499, the present PS5 value within the U.S. for the mannequin with a disc drive.

Making this a little bit extra sophisticated is the truth that Sony barely hiked the value of the PS5 in different markets in late 2022. Sony must determine a solution to promote the PS5 Professional at a considerably truthful value with out shedding a ton of cash within the course of.

PS5 Professional design

That is one other space the place all we are able to do is speculate.

Three PS5 models in white, red and blue

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Sony has already frivolously revised the PS5 post-launch, with the discharge of the PS5 slim mannequin late final 12 months. That made the console barely shorter and thinner, but it surely’s nonetheless the identical primary design. In all probability, a PS5 Professional would go in the other way and be even bigger than the already very massive commonplace PS5. That is the value of accelerating horsepower.

A technique Sony may alleviate that is by eliminating the disc drive and forcing prospects to purchase the separate, removable disc drive that is out there for the PS5 Slim. That would not precisely be preferrred, but it surely would make the console a bit smaller.

PS5 Professional controller

When Sony launched the PS4 Professional, it made zero modifications to the PS4’s commonplace DualShock 4 controller. In spite of everything, it did not really want any. I might anticipate the identical method to be taken with the PS5 Professional.

PS5 DualSense Edge controller

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The PS5 DualSense controller is superb as is, excluding inevitable analog stick drift. I’ve personally gone via like three of the dang issues since launch. In an ideal world, Sony would bundle the PS5 Professional with the dearer DualSense Edge controller, which permits customers to simply swap new analog sticks out and in as a substitute of shopping for an entire new controller when drift develops.

That appears unlikely based mostly on previous precedent, however hey, a person can dream.


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