Over the past year, we have heard all sorts of rumors regarding the PS5 Pro, but there was no official confirmation whatsoever. Now, some details have emerged regarding the upcoming console, starting off with the fact that it is codenamed ‘Project Trinity.”
Trinity has reportedly been in development since at least a year, and is currently in its demo testing stage. Sources believe that most of the studios will receive the development kits for this consoles around November this year.
The rumors about the PS5 Pro began circulating following an article by Tom Henderson, who claimed to have information from anonymous sources within Sony. According to these sources, Sony has been working on “Project Trinity” since early last year, drawing inspiration from previous codenames like “Project Morpheus” (PSVR) and “Project Neo” (PS4 Pro), both referencing the movie The Matrix.
In addition to this, it is also confirmed that amidst the rumors of project cancellations, Trinity is the only one that has been ongoing since it started, and unlike Microsoft, Sony does plan on releasing a mid-gen upgrade to the existing PS5.
As for Microsoft however, they have no plans to release a more updated version of the Series X, as that console in itself is pretty much powerful enough for the games currently available, and those that are soon to be released. Most analysts also believe that the console was released ahead of its time, and this is exactly what Phil Spencer has mentioned earlier this year, in an interview with Bloomberg:
That’s not the feedback we’re getting. Right now, we’re pretty set on the hardware we have.”Phil Spencer via Bloomberg
At the moment, there’s not a lot that we know about the internals of Trinity, but we can expect better 4K performance, and possibly a new 8K resolution ‘performance mode’?
In addition to all this, Tom Henderson has said that the console might have 30 WGP and 18000mts memory. But again, none of this has actually been confirmed, so take this information with a grain of salt. These terms may be difficult to grasp without proper context, but some analysts believe that “30 WGP” could translate to 60 Compute Units, effectively doubling the performance of the standard PS5, which runs up to 36 CU.
As for the price point, speculations suggest it may fall within the range of $599 to $699. But then again, why would any of this matter, as we already have the ‘already powerful’ PS5, the capabilities of which haven’t yet been fully explored yet. This reasoning makes the leak somewhat unreliable, but here’s the thing.
We know that the current PS5 hardware is already great, and game developers have barely scratched the surface of its potential. The need for an upgrade becomes questionable unless developers demand it or Sony can create a sense of necessity from a marketing perspective.
According to some analysts, here’s what the entire scenario could mean for the console industry at large. The release of the PlayStation 4 Pro in 2016 is a good example of necessity driving a console refresh. Sony had been working on the PSVR since 2014, and while it was compatible with the standard PS4, its performance greatly improved with the PS4 Pro variant.
Also, by late 2015, game developers were pushing the boundaries of the PS4, and 4K TVs were becoming more affordable, creating a marketing opportunity for the PS4 Pro.
However, the scenario is different with the PlayStation 5. The console handles the latest PS5-focused games effortlessly, and even the newly released PS VR2 runs exceptionally well on it. Furthermore, 8K TVs are still relatively expensive, with entry-level sets costing $1,000 or more. Given these factors, launching an upgraded console now may seem premature, to be honest.
This is all we know at this point, but rest assured that we will keep you updated as new information becomes available.