Is PS5 Release Date In Horizon? What PS4 Specs Says About Sony's Direction

By Daniella Chen, Crossmap On October 18, 2016

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PlayStation fans awaiting for the arrival of PS5 may find it a major disappointment that the upcoming PlayStation console will actually be PlayStation 4 Pro, an incremental upgrade from the original PS4 released in 2013. 

PS4 Pro is set to be released on November 10, 2016 with enhanced graphics performance and 4K output, not so much to replace PS4 but rather to compliment it, according to the Japanese tech giant. 

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"It is intended to sit alongside and compliment the standard PS4" and that "we will be selling both [versions] through the life cycle," Sony Interactive president Andrew House told The Financial Times. PS4 Pro will be compatible with current PS4 games. 

The mid-generation upgrade will offer a full 4K output, increased graphical power, as well as HDR video output thanks to the upgraded GPU - a more powerful AMD Radeon 4.2 TFLOPs GPU than the eight-core AMD Jaguar x86-64 processor found on PS4. The clock rate has also been boosted for PS4 Pro, and the hard drive was doubled to 1TB. 

With this upcoming upgrade, it may turn out that Sony will not release the much-anticipated PS5 after all. 

Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida told Oddworld that the release of a PS5 was a question of "if" rather than "when."

"We are doing something [that] has never been done before in the industry, and even if we view it from a logical point of view, will it be successful?" PlayStation marketing chief Jim Ryan said, telling Game Front that the sales of the PS4 Pro may heighten the expectations for the PS5. 

"We are still two months following the launch away to know whether we will actually be successful."

The launch of PS4 Pro may suggest that Sony is becoming more practical in how it provides gamers with the best gaming experience.