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Sony rumored to release the PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 5 Pro simultaneously

A PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 5 Pro or two PlayStation 5 SKUs? (Image source: Sony)
A PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 5 Pro or two PlayStation 5 SKUs? (Image source: Sony)
Typically OEMs release several models during a console's lifespan, with Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo all doing so for their current consoles. However, the latest rumor is that Sony will launch the PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 5 Pro on day one, apparently to address interest for a high-end model. The rumor stems from Japanese journalist Zenji Nishikawa who has form for being correct about the Nintendo Switch Lite, so perhaps this one has legs too.

Brought to our attention by Wccftech, Nishikawa apparently made the comments during a video published on YouTube. We write apparently as the video is in Japanese with only Japanese subtitles, and our language skills do not currently stretch to Japanese. Previously, Nishikawa reliably reported on the Nintendo Switch Lite before its official announcement, leading Wccftech to take his claim seriously.

Without any confirmed specifications besides the PlayStation 5 being based on custom Navi and Zen 2 hardware, we can only speculate on what the differences between a PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 5 Pro would be. If the PlayStation 4 Pro (buy Sony Playstation 4 Pro now at Amazon) is anything to go by, then the PlayStation 5 Pro may have a higher clocked CPU, more RAM and a more powerful GPU than the regular PlayStation 5, but that is just a guess at this stage.

There is no precedent for Sony, or any OEM, releasing two distinct consoles on day one. Historically, Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony released secondary and even tertiary revisions much later into a product cycle to maximise profits. Hence, releasing two models simultaneously would seem counter-intuitive, and would potentially damage profits for the regular PlayStation 5, rather than improve overall sales. Since we cannot rule out some misquoting or mistranslation, we think it is more likely that Sony will release two PlayStation 5 SKUs that it will distinguish by SSD and RAM sizes than a regular and a high-end model.

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Alex Alderson, 2019-09-23 (Update: 2019-09-26)
Alex Alderson
Alex Alderson - News Editor - @aldersonaj
Prior to writing and translating for Notebookcheck, I worked for various companies including Apple and Neowin. I have a BA in International History and Politics from the University of Leeds, which I have since converted to a Law Degree. Happy to chat on Twitter or Notebookchat.