Wait for the PS5 Pro? Nah, I’m Buying the PS5 Right Now

In Short
  • Knowing GTA 6 won't launch on PC, I decided to square up for a PS5.
  • Despite initially considering the PS5 Pro, I decided to get a standard PS5 when I found out it didn't offer enough improvements.
  • Even industry experts are commenting the PS5 Pro will run GTA 6 just as the standard edition will, which is not good for an upgraded console.

For as long as I can remember, I have been a gamer. Growing up with a boxy desktop set, the PC became my world for all things gaming and otherwise. While I briefly entered the world of Playstation through online cafes, my heart has always been with the former. However, that changed when the first trailer for GTA 6 dropped. Knowing I obviously couldn’t wait five long years for GTA 6, I knew I had to get a PS5.

Well, my first plan was to wait for the PS5 Pro, which is rumored to be released in late 2024. Sadly, after researching, I realized that the upcoming Pro is nothing but a PS5 with minor improvements. I finally let my impulse take me and ordered the PS5 right away. Why? Well, let me tell you.

PS5 Pro Speculated Specs: Zero Sense as an Upgrade

Right off the bat, the first thing that bothers me is how Sony will market PS5 Pro as an upgrade. If we go by the console’s speculated specs, it’s going to be everything but. While a Pro variant should naturally offer something more, the upcoming PS5 might lack in that department. The PS5 Pro is rumored to come with the same CPU as the standard variant with just a 10% boost. While that gives some added visual fidelity, it’s definitely not enough.

Despite the same CPU, a key upgrade on the console is meant to be graphical. Sadly, I am not convinced in that department either. The PS5 Pro will come with the same GDDR6 SDRAM with only a 2 GB upgrade. I personally don’t care much about graphics. So, an increase of 2GB RAM doesn’t really appeal to me. Even industry experts have said that compared to the standard version, the PS5 Pro does not feel like an upgrade.

According to Richard Leadbetter of Digital Foundry, GTA 6 will most likely run in the same 30FPS on PS5 Pro as it will on the normal PS5. This is because the CPU handles simulation, and the PS5 Pro’s CPU only increases performance by 10%. He explains it further by explaining that barring a programming miracle, the PS5 Pro does not offer anything special that could make GTA 6 run on higher FPS.

As seen in the PS5 Pro analysis, PS5 Pro will come with PSSR technology. This will be the way the Pro variant will try to achieve better graphics and resolution. The tech is similar to technologies like AMD FSR and Nvidia DLSS. So, while the PS5 will be the first console to do this, it might not get anyone a better result.

The standard PS5 already supports raytracing, so even in that sense, the Pro doesn’t provide enough value. Keep in mind that most new-gen games need the best of both worlds, so just a GPU upgrade is not an upgrade at all. Overall, all the specs coming in the PS5 Pro do not convince me to get it over a PS5, especially if we talk about its rumored price.

PS5 Pro Value for Money?

In terms of price, the PS4 Pro came at $399 compared to its standard edition. The standard digital PS5 edition was launched at the same price. Considering that, we can speculate the PS5 Pro’s price to be $499. While it is mere speculation, if it goes beyond this price, there is no point in spending that much for a GPU upgrade.

This is when I can get the standard edition for at least $100 less. That price is even lower than that if we now include the discount, and I think with PS5 Pro around the corner, the standard will go even lower. I would not spend an additional $100+ for just a GPU upgrade and a few frames per second.

When I saw all these lackluster upgrades, I hoped the price would be at least on the same level as the standard PS5. Sadly, that’s not the case. Just adding a little GPU upgrade for almost double the price does not make any sense to me.

With so few upgrades and a price tag that won’t convince me, I feel getting a standard PS5 will suffice for the upcoming GTA 6. It might run slightly better on the PS5 Pro, but the value for money is not high enough. So, I hope you won’t mind if I stick to a standard PS5 and skip out on the Pro.

Do you think getting the PS5 Pro will be worth it? Let us know your opinion in the comments below!

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  • Chad says:

    I wouldn’t waste my money on a pro

  • Satyam says:

    Same, eager to play GTA 6 on PS5 digital edition 🙂

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