Sony reportedly prioritizing PlayStation 6 over PS5 Pro

New PS5 models are still coming but don't expect to see a mid-cycle refresh like the PlayStation 4 Pro was for the PS4.

We've got bad news for those waiting on a PlayStation 5 Pro before making the jump from an older console generation. A trusted insider claims Sony is focusing its efforts on the next PlayStation, as opposed to a mid-generation upgrade.

sony prioritizing playstation over ps pro
We still haven't seen a well-optimized game make the PS5 feel old.

Tom Henderson, who's as reliable as they come when it comes to leaks, says that the continuous demand for the PS5 - a fact that may have something to do with the relative lack of competition from the Xbox - is making Sony think twice about introducing a hardware refresh. Keep in mind that the PS5 is turning three later this year, which is roughly around the same time that the sales of the PS4 started to taper off. On the other hand, the PS5 is just about to experience a surge now that more stocks are available following nearly three years of stock drought.

If it's any consolation, Henderson still believes that Sony will release new PS5 models - it just won't be an upgrade if you compare it to the PS5.

All things considered, Sony is better off looking forward to the next console generation.

sony prioritizing playstation over ps pro
The PS5 is poised to reach at least 100 million units in sales before it's all said and done.

Unlike the PlayStation 4, which was already struggling to keep up with the advancements in technology like 4K TVs and a massive jump in graphics three years into its lifecycle, it feels like today's games still haven't really pushed the PS5 past its limit. Unless we're talking about unoptimized messes, the PS5 is plenty powerful enough for the most demanding games to run with ease, even on a 4K TV. Not to mention, the shift to 8K hasn't happened yet and won't, anytime soon.

When you consider that the demand for the PS5 is still much higher than the available supply, there isn't a point to a PS5 Pro model at all.

Based on the gaming industry's continued support for the PS4 and the Xbox One, and the fact that incoming games haven't tested the boundaries of the new gaming hardware, a Pro model is more of a wishful thinking than a reality. Of course, this could all change. Sony could push back the release of the PlayStation 6 to closer to the next decade to give way for the PS5 Pro. But, this is highly unlikely - new consoles sell better than mid-cycle upgrades.

sony prioritizing playstation over ps pro
The PlayStation 6 will likely be the platform of choice for the likes of The Last of Us Part III.

For what it's worth, Sony is introducing plenty of new hardware in this console generation. The PSVR2 will launch in a few weeks with the DualSense Edge already available as of January 26. Finally, there's Project Leonardo, an accessibility-focused controller for the PS5.

Ray Ampoloquio
Ray is a lifelong gamer with a nose for keeping up with the latest news in and out of the gaming industry. When he's not reading, writing, editing, and playing video games, he builds and repairs computers in his spare time. You can find Ray on Twitter.
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