Without a doubt, this generation of consoles, despite only being one year in, has had its fair share of ups and downs, largely due to the continuing stock level issues and internal component shortages. However, for those who have been able to purchase a PS5, it seems that not only has it been able to knock the Nintendo Switch off the top-selling charts, it might have kick-started Sony’s intentions of releasing a new model sooner than expected.
According to a Sony job listing, it’s looking for a Senior Software Engineer for its Advanced Technology Group (ATG) whose responsibilities include ‘designing and developing new API features that allow us to get the most out of the PlayStation 5 hardware’ as well as helping create ‘the architecture of multiple generations of PlayStation consoles’.
Now, in our eyes, this job listing could be one or two things. It could be that Sony is wanting to bolster current PS5 hardware and create a PS5 Pro or they might be looking to make the console more compact, potentially giving us a PS5 Slim. It has been reported previously that a new PS5 will be coming in 2024 and have improved performance, pointing to a Pro model, but this is all based on speculation at this point, so guarantees there.
With Sony looking for a senior dev of this ilk to join their hardware team already, we could even be looking at a 2023 release for the next PS5 iteration rather than the rumored 2024 that others have been suggesting. But, at the end of the day, it’s all down to how the next PS5 is designed. If Sony is looking to make the leap to 8K and boost the base model’s graphical capabilities even further, we doubt it’s going to get out of the door any quicker. But, if it’s more of a ‘slim’ model with some fine-tuning of the PS5’s current hardware, similar to that of the PS2 and PS3 era, we might have it in our hands sooner rather than later.
With this all being said, there’s no doubt that a PS5 Pro, Slim, or whatever naming convention Sony comes up with, will arrive at some point. The question is when. While, the knock-on effect of internal parts not being available to even make enough PS5s might suggest that it could take even longer to see a new variant, it could, in fact, potentially do the opposite. It could give Sony the jolt to redesign the PS5 with fewer overall components, reducing initial costs and the dependence on said parts.