Sony might not be doing the same thing PlayStation 5, they did – together with Microsoft – in the (still) current console generation.
The PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One (the latter having price disadvantages, as it was initially bundled with a Kinect…) both launched in November 2013, then in November 2016, signing the middle of the generation, Sony released a stronger PlayStation 4 Pro, to which Microsoft responded in November 2017 with the currently strongest console, the Xbox One X. This scenario is rumoured to not happen again. (The two new consoles launching close to each other, though, will happen.)
Zenji Nishikawa, a Japanese journalist, talked about things he heard at the Computer Entertainment Developers Conference during a stream. He claims that at the end of next year (as Sony didn’t say when the PlayStation 5, or whatever the next-gen Sony console would be called, will arrive, but since Microsoft officially confirmed at this year’s E3 that their next console, the currently codenamed Xbox Project Scarlett, would arrive in the Holiday season of 2020, we can expect Sony to shadow them), Sony is not going to launch one but two version of the PlayStation 5. The first one would be the base model (which is likely going to cost around 400 dollars), and the latter would be the Pro variant, which means the PlayStation 5 would be available immediately at the start of the next console generation! (It’s not entirely a good idea, though: remember when the PlayStation 3 was available with multiple HDD capacity for different, albeit high, prices regardless?) Nishikawa says that Sony acknowledged the interest for a high-end console, which is why they don’t want to wait and give it to the players right from the get-go. (The price will be a big question mark, especially due to the trade war between the US and China…)
Nishikawa has formerly turned out to be reliable with insider information, as he talked about the Nintendo Switch Lite before it was officially announced. Still, it’s not official yet, so take it with a grain of salt.
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