PlayStation 5 Pro, the new Sony console that could arrive at the end of 2024

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sony is working on a new model of PlayStation 5, according to one of the most well-known insiders in the video game industry. Tom Henderson argues that the so-called “PS5Prois already in development and could go on sale in late 2024.

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The head of Insider Gaming cites multiple sources when talking about this possible improved version of PS5, but more interesting is his statement that it could not be the only new model that Sony you end up selling your popular console. In fact, he claims that before the aforementioned “PS5 Pro” we could see a lighter PS5.

While all of this information is unconfirmed rumors from Sony, it’s not unreasonable to think that the Japanese company could end up repeating what it did years ago with its previous consoles. Recall that PS3 had a lighter version (PS3) Subtle), while PS4 had a more powerful model (PS4 Pro).

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As for the so-called “PS5 Pro”, Henderson claims that beyond the expected increase in image quality and performance, the new model could implement a system to “accelerate” ray tracing technology in video games.

In support of this idea, he cites a recently published patent by the architect, engineer, of the console Marco Cerni.

A PS5 with a removable drive

PS5 is one of the company's biggest consoles.  Photo: capture.

PS5 is one of the company’s biggest consoles. Photo: capture.

In parallel, Henderson, who had previously successfully leaked various news about Sony, says he has been notified of another PS5 model that will be released. within this year and that it will have a removable disk drive.

Apparently, this lighter model “will allow Sony to cut production and distribution costs” and, according to one of its sources, will be “only the beginning of new hardware that will reach PlayStation users during this generation.”

This information about possible new console models comes at an important time for the Japanese company. Earlier this year, Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan announced the end of the PS5 shortage, which has been reported for weeks as if it were practically a raise.

On the other hand, through a document that Sony sent last November to the UK Competition and Market Authority (CMA) it was possible to deduce that PS6 won’t go on sale before 2028with which there is a lot of room for Sony to end up reintroducing a better spec model of its console.

Meanwhile, Microsoft is fighting the deal

The competition wants to close the deal for Activision.  Reuters photo

The competition wants to close the deal for Activision. Reuters photo

On the other hand, Microsoft announced this Friday that it has presented binding commitments to the European Commission to convince it to approve its plan to buy the American video game maker Activision Blizzard for 69,000 million dollars.

Microsoft, which markets the Xbox video game console, announced in January 2022 the acquisition of Activision Blizzard, publisher of successful games such as “Call of Duty” and “Candy Crush”.

However, from the beginning, this project of creating a huge global video game company has faced questions competition authorities.

In 2022, the European Commission (executive arm of the European Union, EU) opened an investigation into concerns that Microsoft could “to block access to Activision Blizzard video games” for consoles and personal computers.

Another giant in the video game industry, Sony, is also opposed to the purchase.

The Commission’s final decision, scheduled for 25 April, was postponed to 22 May.

However, neither Microsoft nor the European Commission have offered details on the commitments presented by the digital giant.

“We are delivering on our promise to bring ‘Call of Duty’ to more players on more devices by securing deals to bring the game to the Nintendo console and cloud gaming services offered by Nvidia, Boosteroid and Ubitus,” a Microsoft spokesperson said. .

“We now back up that promise with binding commitments to the European Commission, which will help secure this deal benefit players in the future“added the same source.

The mega-merger between Microsoft and Activision Blizzard is also causing concern in the US and UK.

The US competition regulator filed a lawsuit in December to block the deal.

For its part, the British regulator concluded in February, on a preliminary basis, that the transaction “could result in higher prices and fewer options and innovation for UK gamers”.

Source: Clarin

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