Last year, Sony president and CEO Kenichiro Yoshida confirmed that the next-generation PlayStation was in development, and Mark Cerny, chief architect of the upcoming console, had been hard at work on the PS5 ever since.
Based on previous console launches, it'd be safe to assume that a standard PS5 machine would get released first, followed by a slimmed-down model shortly after and a beefed-up 'pro' version a few years later.
However, a new rumor has cropped up suggesting that Sony will cut the chase and launch the PlayStation 5 Pro at the same time as its base model PS5.
As spotted by Wccftech, noted Japanese games journalist Zenji Nishikawa made the claim in a new video on his YouTube channel, and while that kind of thing normally wouldn't be considered a rock-solid lead, Nishikawa has proven accurate in the past with his PS4 Pro and Switch Lite predictions. [1
Of course, it's hard to imagine what a 'Pro' version of the PlayStation 5 might look like, given that the base model's confirmed specs already indicate that it will be a beast – at the PS5's announcement, Cerny revealed that it will boast 8K TV support, an 8-core AMD chipset based on third-generation Ryzen architecture, and GPU based on Radeon Navi family, ray-tracing capability, SSD storage system and backwards compatibility with PS4 games and PSVR hardware.
The PlayStation 5 is expected to launch sometime in 2020 -2021.