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There may not be a PS5 Pro this generation, with Sony potentially planning to skip a supercharged mid-gen refresh in favour of a full-blown successor. Reliable industry snoop Tom Henderson teased the tidbit on Twitter, as he weighed in on a recurring report that PlayStation will overhaul its new-gen system later this year. As has been indicated previously, this will purportedly feature a detachable disc drive, unifying the Japanese giant’s production pipeline as it attempts to flood the market with hardware following the shortages it experienced in the aftermath of the pandemic.

Henderson hypothesises that a PS5 Pro may not make sense: “It doesn't feel like the regular version has been fully utilised yet and probably won't be on mass until the end of the year. All I can say is that I've heard more about the PS6 than a PS5 Pro.”

It’s worth remembering that the PS4 Pro launched in 2016, just three years after the release of the base model. So, if the platform holder were to follow that release cadence, we should expect a PS5 Pro this holiday, in theory.

But we agree with the logic being outlined here. Even over two years into the generation, true new-gen exclusives are thin in numbers, and there doesn’t appear to be much appetite for a supercharged system now or any time soon. Henderson says that the revised PS5 – apparently due out in September – is less about adding more horsepower and more about reducing costs. Assuming the new model does exist, that makes the most sense to us; at this point, Sony clearly just wants to get the core console into as many homes as possible.