PS5 Pro: all the rumours on its release date, price and specs

PS5 Pro: possible release date, spec news and all the rumours on the higher-end PS5
(Image credit: Future)

The PS5 has been around for a while now, which is why it's not surprising rumours about a more powerful PS5 Pro are starting to appear purporting to all but confirm its existence.

Here to help you stay on top of the rumour mill, and what visual and audio upgrades a PS5 Pro will bring we've created this guide detailing the current common rumblings.

So, what can we expect out of the PS5 Pro? How much might it cost? How would it compare to the original? And when would it come out? We'll do our best to answer all these questions below.

As a matter of housekeeping, remember that any leaked info should be taken with a pinch of salt. You'll have to wait for Sony to announce something before any of the information can be taken as 100 per cent legitimate.

Will there be a PS5 Pro?

PS5 Pro: possible release date, spec news and all the rumours on the higher-end PS5

(Image credit: Sony)

It's looking very likely at this stage. Leaked information provided by confidential sources has been doing the rounds but we haven't heard anything official from Sony yet. 

In the past, the PlayStation 4 received a mid-gen refresh by way of the PS4 Pro, the counterpart to Microsoft's Xbox One X, but that was something of an anomaly.

In recent memory, the PS4 Pro and the Xbox One X are the biggest instances of mid-gen refreshes. Usually, Sony and Microsoft launch 'slim' versions of their consoles after a few years, but these tend not to have major hardware upgrades – a new 'Pro' model of PS5 would hopefully mark a step-up in terms of specs, and recent leaks support this possibility. 

With a rumoured lifespan of at least seven years, we are approaching the point where we would see a PS5 Pro come out if Sony is planning to launch one. So, it's worth staying tuned during the rest of 2024 for any more news. 

PS5 Pro release date rumours

The recent leaks suggest Sony is preparing to launch the PlayStation 5 Pro later in the year, with a tentative 2024 holiday season release being rumoured. 

The PS4 Pro launched in November 2016 after being announced in September 2016. At the time, the PS4 was around three years old. The PS5, on the other hand, launched in 2020, so 2024 would make it around four years old.

If the PS5 does end up with a seven-year lifespan before we see a PS6, 2024 is about the latest you'd expect to see a PS5 Pro launch. After all, Sony wouldn't want to try and sell gamers a PS5 Pro and then a PS6 too soon afterwards.

Considering Sony has already launched a new controller, the DualSense Edge, as well as a slim version of the PS5, a new controller with a PS5 Pro is unlikely, while if you're looking for a thinner version of PS5, that's already out.

PS5 Pro price predictions

  • Best PS5 deals: savings on consoles, games, controllers, bundles and more

Pricing information on the PS5 Pro has not been made available and according to sources, it probably won’t be available for another few months

The standard PS5 currently costs around £479.99 / $499.99 / €549.99 / AU$799.95, so that's the absolute minimum we expect to see the PS5 Pro retail for, and only if Sony decides to cut original PS5 prices. This was the case with PS4 Pro, but it may not be the case with PS5 Pro.

In a post-COVID world still recovering from chip shortages and dealing with inflation, it's entirely possible Sony would opt to launch a PS5 Pro for more than what a PS5 currently retails at, but right now this is all speculation. 

A more expensive PS5 Pro seems more likely, but this is very much something we'll have to wait and see about.

PS5 Pro specs rumours

PS5 Pro: possible release date, spec news and all the rumours on the higher-end PS5

(Image credit: Future)

There are a lot of rumours about the PS5 Pro's specifications and a lot of them have consistent information.

PSSR (PlayStation spectral super-resolution upscaling) looks like one of the main highlights. This tech is said to be powered by an AI Accelerator and provides AI upscaling and antialiasing solutions for 'Pro' games. 

The upcoming Pro model is said to be capable of rendering 45 per cent faster than the standard PS5 with two to three times the ray tracing capabilities (in some cases up to four times). It also supposedly supports resolutions up to 8K – potentially good news for those with compatible 8K displays.

Leaks say the upcoming Pro model will feature the same 8-core AMD Zen 2 CPU featured in the current standard model. Alongside this, the new model looks set to include a new ‘High CPU Frequency mode’ which should allow the CPU to run 10 per cent faster. This is achieved by underclocking the GPU by roughly one per cent, allocating more power to the CPU in the process. The GPU is stated to run at 33.5 Teraflops. 

The PS5's audio might also be given a boost, with the Pro model's processor rumoured to run at a higher clock speed compared to the standard PS5, providing 35 per cent more performance.

According to the latest info, the PS5 Pro will offer 576 GB/s of RAM, a 28 per cent increase over the standard model which runs at 448 GB/s. It's also worth noting that the Pro model is said to run more efficiently and this could mean that bandwidth gain may be even greater in some instances.

We have also heard that the PS5 Pro will include a detachable disc drive, like the current edition of PS5, along with 1TB of internal storage.

PS5 Pro early verdict

Despite recent leaks, it's still very early days. Sony hasn't confirmed a PS5 Pro even exists yet, but these recent leaks seem quite believable.

It's certainly possible a PS5 Pro is on the way later this year, but the Switch Pro was rumoured for a long time and never hit shelves, so it's not an inevitability. Nonetheless, if a PS5 Pro is on the way, you probably won't have to wait long to hear more concrete info from Sony. 

Keep your eyes on gaming news, and when there are any further rumours or updates on a PS5 Pro, you can check back on this page for all the latest information!


Find out where to buy a PS5

These are the best PS5 games around

Check out how to get the best picture and sound from your PlayStation 5

Our pick of the best PS5 deals

Joe Svetlik

Joe has been writing about tech for 17 years, first on staff at T3 magazine, then in a freelance capacity for Stuff, The Sunday Times Travel Magazine, Men's Health, GQ, The Mirror, Trusted Reviews, TechRadar and many more (including What Hi-Fi?). His specialities include all things mobile, headphones and speakers that he can't justifying spending money on.