8K resolution and new upscaling technology for PS5 Pro?

It was already rumored that Sony is preparing a more powerful PS5 model for the end of this year, but until now we have not had any concrete details

by Sededin Dedovic
8K resolution and new upscaling technology for PS5 Pro?
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It's been rumored for a long time, but rumors about a PlayStation 5 Pro model are getting louder. Recently, unconfirmed information about the hardware specifications of this potentially improved console appeared, and Tom Henderson from the site Insider Gaming, known for accurate information about the PlayStation Portal and the PS5 Slim model, added weight to them.

According to those claims, the PlayStation 5 Pro should offer a significant performance boost. It is said to improve game rendering by as much as 45% compared to the standard PS5 model. It is also expected to double and maybe even quadruple the performance in ray tracing, a technology that enables an incredible level of realism in video games.

In addition, the PlayStation 5 Pro could finally use that hated "8K resolution" falsely promoted on the box of the standard PS5. However, don't expect to play games at true 8K resolution. For this, Sony is reportedly developing a new upscaling technology called PSSR (PlayStation Super Resolution Upscaling).

Unlike the current checkerboarding method, PSSR would use the power of machine learning and artificial intelligence, similar to Nvidia's GeForce RTX graphics cards. This would allow games in very high resolutions without performance losses.

The leaked information also says that the PS5 Pro will have 33.5 teraflops of computing power and that devkit versions of the console have already been sent to developers in the past year. Sony is reportedly aiming for a late 2024 PS5 Pro launch, but that could possibly be pushed back depending on game availability.

Many speculate that the release date could be influenced by the release date of Grand Theft Auto 6, one of the most anticipated games of this generation. Also, Sony is probably waiting for the moves of its main competitor, Microsoft.

Although Microsoft has also announced updates for Xbox hardware this year, it seems that it is only a revision of the existing hardware without significant improvements in terms of power. The PlayStation 5 Pro could be a significant improvement on the standard PS5 model, offering better performance, support for higher resolutions, and most importantly, newer upscaling technology. However, it should be taken with a grain of salt until Sony confirms these rumors.