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Lgndary Thoughts - Could Sony Release A PS5 Pro At The Start Of Next Gen?


Hello everyone! I was planning on making another video this week, but the scope of it grew and I didn't want to rush it. So I decided to write a short article instead. I would also like to, again, apologize for the lack of content. I am still trying to push through the stress and figure things out. Feel free to message me if you have any thoughts!

E3 may be over, but there is still a lot of discussion to be had. This week, I would like to take a closer look at a comment made by Phil Spencer during Microsoft’s Keynote. Here is what he said:

"Our hardware team, the same team that delivered unprecedented performance with Xbox One X is deep into architecting the next Xbox consoles."

Even just mentioning the next console generation is exciting, but the most interesting thing of note here is Phil saying “consoles”, meaning more than one. While it is possible that he is talking about something completely different, I believe he is revealing that Microsoft intends to release two separate consoles at the start of the next generation. And if that is true, Sony is likely considering the same strategy. 

Releasing more powerful versions of consoles is nothing new. With the PS4 Pro, Xbox One X, and even the New 3DS, each of the console makers has done this. But all of those systems launched years after the original console. The idea of releasing a PS5 Pro at the same time as the base model would be something very different, and potentially very exciting. 

There would be several risks and challenges, however, with launching a PS5 Pro so early. And one of them is the price. The PS4 launched to tremendous success at a $400 price point, and I imagine that Sony will want to stay close to that in the future. But a Pro version would have to offer much more power at a reasonable costs. Personally, I don’t think they could go above $600 for the Pro model. That is how much the larger storage PS3 cost at launch, and even then people were not happy. But I think they could get away with it, as long as it provided much better visuals and performance. 

This would be a great move for consumers if Sony were to take this route. The PS4 launched at $400, and so did the PS4 Pro years later. So if you are like me, you would have bought the original model at launch, only to have to spend the same amount of money for the improved version. Overall, it could cost someone $800. But the option to buy a more powerful version of the PS5 at launch would negate having to buy a second console. 

But that only works if Sony doesn’t release an even more powerful version years after the initial release. I know a lot of people would jump at the opportunity to purchase a PS5 Pro right out of the gate. But I don’t think anyone, including myself, would be happy if an even more powerful PS5 was launched years later. The only reason a Pro version at launch would be appealing is if it acted as a future proof system. Sony would have to unequivocally guarantee that it would be the most powerful PS5 for the whole generation. And I’m not sure they would be willing to do that. 

Overall, I think launching a PS5 Pro at the same time as the base model is a great idea. It allows consumers to spend a little bit more money for a more powerful product at the start of the generation. But it also means that Sony might lose their chance at selling people the same console twice. So whether or not it actually happens is anyone’s guess. I just hope that Sony thinks more about us in this regard, instead of themselves. As unlikely as that may be. 

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Depending on price, Sony launching with a more expensive pro model might mean I won’t jump on board with PS5 right away. I just can’t justify a high price tag and I won’t settle on the lesser model. The idea might appeal to some, but I can see the normal model being quickly phased out. It’s like the white Wii U “tard pack”. Unless you really wanted a white system you’d be pretty foolish to go that route.

10 years ago this would have been a ridiculous idea, as having 2 SKU's with different graphical capabilities would be mean segmenting the games library. Nowadays it makes perfect sense as having 2-3 X the horsepower doesn't actually change how the games play anymore, it just bumps the res and framerate. The people that care about that stuff can have the pro version, and everyone else can get the base version, but everyone can still play the same games.

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