PS5 Pro console or upgrades implied in patent while the Xbox Series X seems to get a marketing downgrade
A revealing paragraph in a Sony patent for “scalable game console CPU/GPU design for home console and cloud gaming” has sparked speculation that there could be a PS5 Pro, or at least something similar to that, in the works. While the patent appears to focus on the potential of multiple SoCs being used for a cloud gaming service (PS Now), it does seem to indicate that there could be either a PS5 Pro-like console or even PS5 upgrades to turn a regular console into something more “high end”. The section that has been creating a lot of discussion reads:
As understood herein. SoC technology can be applied to video simulation consoles such as game consoles, and in particular a single SoC may be provided for a 'light' version of the console while plural SoCs may be used to provide a 'high-end' version of the console with greater processing and storage capability than the 'light' version. The 'high end' system can also contain more memory such as random-access memory (RAM) and other features and may also be used for a cloud-optimized version using the same game console chip with more performance.
There has already been a rumor that Sony might bump up the specs of the PS5 before launch, which would fit in well with the point above about more memory. The idea of being able to constantly upgrade and tweak a regular PS5 Blu-ray console with additional key components to bring it to a “Pro” standard would certainly appeal to many gamers as opposed to going out and buying a whole new console in three or four years.
Strangely enough, it appears Microsoft has now demoted the Xbox Series X at roughly the same time as the appearance of this Sony patent. The next-gen console was previously advertised as “the most powerful console ever”, but as has been pointed out, the marketing text accompanying the XSX on some country-specific sites (including the US) has now become “the most powerful Xbox ever”. Perhaps the marketing chiefs at Microsoft are concerned that either the PS5 specs bump rumor (if true) or this new “high end” PlayStation 5 Pro-like device in the patent could remove the performance and power advantage the XSX currently claims.