At the end of the year, the PlayStation 5 heralds the next generation of consoles. So far, there was talk of two versions of the console, but a new patent now points to a PS5 Pro.
The PlayStation 5 comes with and without a Blu-Ray drive. Apparently, Sony is still planning a third version of the next-gen console: the more powerful PS5 Pro. But don't worry, it's still a long way off - if it ever comes to life that is.
Patent Indicates PS5 Pro
The PlayStation 4 became the PS4 Slim, followed by the more powerful PlayStation 4 Pro. Sony could also follow a similar path with the upcoming next-gen console, PlayStation 5, at least that's what a new patent indicates. Actually, the content of the patent is about cloud streaming as well as a "scalable game console CPU/GPU design" and is probably related to Sony's streaming service PS Now. However, the scalable design also refers to a "high-end device". The first hint of a possible PS5 Pro?
The patent itself refers to an extended version with two or more CPU and GPU combinations as well as additional RAM and other functions. It is particularly interesting in the summary, which talks about a light and a high-end version of the console:
As understood herein. SoC /system on a chip/ technology can be applied to video simulation consoles such as game consoles, and in particular a single SoC may be provided for a "light" version of the console while plural SoCs may be used to provide a "high-end" version of the console with greater processing and storage capability than the "light" version. The "high-end" system can also contain more memory such as random-access memory (RAM) and other features and may also be used for a cloud-optimized version using the same game console chip with more performance.
Furthermore, there is talk of more random-access memory (RAM) for the high-end version mentioned above and other innovations for "a cloud-optimized version of the same game console chip with more performance". The new Sony patent is by no means confirmation for a possible PS5 Pro and it is unclear whether it will ever be implemented in reality. However, a more powerful version of the PlayStation 5 would be conceivable in the future, at least theoretically.