Sony's beefed-up PlayStation 5 Pro in 2H 2024: ready for GTA 6 in 2025, says CNBC analyst

CNBC reports there's a 'broad consensus' in the gaming industry that Sony is preparing a launch of a beefed-up PlayStation 5 Pro later this year.

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Sony's upgraded PlayStation 5 Pro console has been somewhat confirmed by analysts to CNBC, which reports the Japanese company is "likely to release a refreshed version of the PlayStation 5 this year".

Sony's beefed-up PlayStation 5 Pro in 2H 2024: ready for GTA 6 in 2025, says CNBC analyst 46

The analysts added that the "souped-up" console -- awww, come on, guys, I've been saying beefed-up -- would be ready for the release of Grand Theft Auto 6 in 2025, which is one of the decade's "most hotly anticipated games". After a bunch of rumors, lots that you've read here, analysts are "now expecting a PlayStation 5 Pro from Sony".

Serkan Toto, the CEO of Tokyo-based games consultancy firm Kantan Games, told CNBC: "There seems to be a broad consensus in the game industry that Sony is indeed preparing a launch of a PS5 Pro in the second half of 2024. And Sony will want to make sure to have a great piece of hardware ready when GTA VI hits in 2025, a launch that will be a shot in the arm for the entire gaming industry".

The analyst is right; the release of the souped-up PlayStation 5 Pro is going to be massive, driving huge sales because of Rockstar's massive release in 2025 of Grand Theft Auto 6. I wrote about this last year after Grand Theft Auto 6 was announced and teased that it would be an even better visual treat for the timed console exclusive on the higher-end PlayStation 5 Pro console.

Sony should be -- but they might not be -- working directly with Rockstar on getting a 60FPS mode into Grand Theft Auto 6; it would feel like a gigantic waste of the most powerful console ever without it. Sure, the PC could handle 60FPS in Grand Theft Auto 6, but it would need some AI-upscaling help from the likes of NVIDIA and DLSS and a powerful next-gen GeForce RTX 50 series GPU.

But, on a beefed-up Sony PlayStation 5 Pro console, it would be fantastic -- a system seller, in fact -- to have GTA 6, the biggest game of all time, running at 60FPS on the fastest console in the world. 30FPS... that is going to be hard to swallow for a lot of gamers that have been getting used to 60FPS gaming in performance mode on current-gen consoles, let alone PC gamers.

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Anthony joined the TweakTown team in 2010 and has since reviewed 100s of graphics cards. Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering and has recently taken a keen interest in artificial intelligence (AI) hardware.

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