Playstation 5: Sony hints at new revision, 2023 a reason to celebrate

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from Valentin Sattler
According to Hideaki Nishino, SVP at Sony Interactive Entertainment, there is reason to be excited about the PlayStation 5 in the coming year. He could have indicated a new revision, i.e. a Playstation 5 Pro or Slim.

The Playstation 5 celebrated its second birthday in November, and with it an exciting phase for the console begins: In the third year after the release of the Playstation 4, Sony launched the corresponding Slim and Pro versions of the console, as an intermediate step, so to speak to the next generation. It would be quite obvious that Sony would do something similar with the Playstation 5 and give the console an upgrade in the coming year.

Hints from Sony

So far, Sony has kept a low profile on future Playstation 5 revisions. Opposite the Japanese video game magazine Famitsu however, Hideaki Nishino, SVP of Platform Experience at Sony Interactive Entertainment, has offered some hints. Specifically, he was asked about the future prospects of the Playstation 5 with regard to a Pro version. While he didn’t provide a direct answer, Nishino emphasized that there are definitely things for fans to look forward to in the coming year. In addition, the 2022 financial year should be very important. At Sony, this lasts until March 31, 2023.

“By the end of fiscal year 2022, we will have sold more than 37 million devices in total and we believe this is a very important time for the platform. I won’t go into specifics this time, but I want you to focus on look forward to more next year (2023).”

At least the release of a Playstation 5 Slim in 2023 would go well with previous rumours: There have already been some reports that directly referred to a Slim Edition or “only” a suitable APU. The latter is likely to be the key to the new revision: for such a console, Sony would have to significantly reduce the consumption of the Oberon APU without losing performance. That would be possible in the coming year by shrinking the APU from the current 7 nm process to the then established 5 nm production of TSMCs.

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In addition, a Playstation 5 Pro would of course also be conceivable for 2023. As a reminder: Sony launched the Playstation 4 Pro in the same year that Nvidia and AMD introduced a new generation of graphics cards. The Playstation 5 is now in the same situation here, having recently released the RTX 4000 and RX 7000 graphics cards. Of course, that’s not a guarantee for an approaching release – you’ll just have to wait and see what Sony has planned for the coming year.

Source: Famitsu via gaming bolt