PS5 upgrade coming soon, dev kits already in AAA Studios: report

With just almost a couple of years since its successful launch, Sony’s next-generation PS5 gaming console could see its mid-generation upgrade as early as next year, according to information from a reliable industry insider.

“Most AAA studios should have received the mid-life upgrade dev kits, or should be receiving them by the start of the new year,” an industry insider known as tez2 said on the GTA Forums on Friday. His comment was in response to another user’s comment, who claimed, “Sony launching a new version of the PS5 (like a slim version) alongside GTA6 seems so more real now.”

Sony has not yet commented on the mid-generation upgrade of the PS5. However, an interview with Sony’s Executive VP of Hardware Engineering Masayasu Ito in 2019 may have hinted at the console’s release window. Speaking to Game Informer, Ito said the PS5 could have a shelf life of around six or seven years, with the PS5 Pro coming out within three to four years of that timeframe.

Additionally, the executive mentioned that while the cycle of a new platform is typically between 7 and 10 years, the cycle has been shortened to just six or seven due to rapid technological advances. “Actually, the cycle for a new platform has historically been 7-10 years, but given the very rapid development and evolution of technology, it’s really a 6-7 year platform cycle,” Ito said.

“Then we can’t quite catch up with the rapid development of the technology, so we think in terms of a platform for the PS5, it’s a cycle of maybe six to seven years. but [by] If we do that, a platform lifecycle, we should be able to change the hardware itself and try to incorporate advances in technology. That was the thinking behind it, and the test case of that thinking was the PS4 Pro, which launched midway through the PS4 launch cycle,” the executive added.

Based on what Ito said, it seems that fans could see the mid-generation PlayStation 5 upgrade sometime in 2024. However, if insiders claim that the development kits are already being tested by game developers, then it’s very likely that the PS5 Pro could launch sometime next year.

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