PS5 Pro developer verdict: ‘I didn’t meet a single person that understood the point of it’


PS5 Pro developer verdict: ‘I didn’t meet a single person that understood the point of it’

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Enthusiasm for the PS5 Pro seems to be non-existent amongst most video game developers, with most claiming there is no need for it.

The PlayStation 5 will be celebrating it’s fourth birthday this autumn, but it really doesn’t feel like the mid-point of the generation – given the stock problems that marred the first two years and the recent paucity of first party releases.

That’s just one reason why rumours about the PS5 Pro being released this year have enjoyed such a muted response, with few gamers feeling a mid-generation upgrade is necessary. And it seems most developers agree with them.

According to reports from GDC (Game Developers Conference) in San Francisco last week, there were two main topics of conversation: rapidly decreasing hardware sales for the Xbox and bewilderment as to why Sony is pushing ahead with plans for the PS5 Pro.

Shortly after returning from GDC, editor Christopher Dring appeared in a podcast, in which he claimed that when speaking to developers, ‘I’ll be honest, I didn’t meet a single person that understood the point of it.’

‘Developers didn’t seem to feel they needed it’, he said. ‘They weren’t really making the most of the PS5 in the first place,’ he added.

That’s pretty much exactly what most gamers have said, but while Sony has not made any official announcements the new console model has been rumoured for over a year now. Detailed technical specifications also recently leaked, which suggested it would be a smaller upgrade than from the PlayStation 4 to PS4 Pro.

Considering how obsessed publishers have become with growth recently, Dring also added that, ‘A couple of companies said: ‘This isn’t going to grow the market. This isn’t going to move the needle.’

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‘This generation doesn’t even seem to have got started, let alone needs a mid-generation upgrade,’ he concluded.

The PS4 Pro was relatively popular because it came out at a time when 4K TVs were becoming commonplace and so its ability to run games at a higher resolution seemed an important benefit. As However, as Dring points out, there is no obvious selling point for the PS5 Pro, for anything other than hardcore gamers.

Even then, the PS4 Pro accounts for less than 15% of the PlayStation 5 userbase, ensuring that the PS5 Pro will only ever be a niche product.

The only real question about the PS5 Pro is whether it’ll launch alongside new first party games, but if that is the case then, unlike the console itself, it is being kept very secret.

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