The biggest reason I could foresee a “Pro” type update in 3 years or so would be a hardware-based machine learning upscaler ala DLSS 2.0. Could nearly double the perceived performance with this type of addition.
Absolutely believe both get a “pro model” again not because they are “needed” but because this gen proved them to be profitable and good sustainers of sales later in the gen, between them and things like the elite controller being a success I expect if anything more not less enthusiast oriented upsells this coming gen. What becomes the hook for them I have no clue but I didn’t expect them to do 4k before next gen either.
Xbox are about to have a ton of Skus, I’d imagine. They’re treating this like the phone industry. Just watch. Buy an Xbox with the features you desire, sign up monthly for your GamePass plan - boom. It’s brilliant actually.
PlayStation 5 has a 9.2TF GPU with the possibility of being maxed out at 10.3TF as it’s of a variable variety instead of fixed. Because this also impacts the CPU speed, I can easily see PS5 Pro being 10.5TF fixed with no variables or an even higher GPU but I don’t see it matching Xbox Series X which I believe will be the most powerful and best overall console for the entire duration of next generation.
4 to 5 years used to be the norm. 7th gen was an anomaly. I don’t forsee mid gen upgrades this time around. Gen 8 PS4 and XB1 were outdated at launch hardware wise for the most part. Won’t be the case next gen.
I think we will see quite a difference early on.
Devs have not had much time with the nee consoles and they wont want to spend much money on the “free” next gen upgrades, so they will essentially treat them like PCs. This will mean the PS5’s smartshift + boost architecture will not be optimised and Hyperthreading will not be used. Devs will use the XsX’s single core function and get 3.8ghz which a significant boost from PS5’s 3-3.5g
Another thing to note is the improvement of DirectML, A.I upscaling techniques and other reconstruction techniques.
I think devs will start using internal resolution of 1080p in 3 -4 years, so it will be like there was a mid gen upgrade but without new hardware, they will be able to many more things visually at that resolution but without compromising image quality.