For the past few generations of video game consoles, there isn’t much variation in terms of a particular model outperforming another. That was a bigger change up this current-generation whereas previous platforms offered models that came in a slightly more compact and slimmer size. Still, there was plenty of anticipation when both Microsoft and Sony offered fans a new model of a current-generation platform with more power. This is a trend that very well could bleed over into the next-generation video game consoles.
PlayStation 4 for instance received the PlayStation 4 Pro, a faster and more powerful console aimed at 4K delivery. While going into 2020 we knew that both Microsoft and Sony had plans to bring out their next-generation platform, we have since been unveiled the PlayStation 5. There’s currently going to be two models for players to potentially purchase. One including a standard disc drive and another that will likely come in at a price discount due to being a digital-only model. Unfortunately, we don’t know what either console will cost at the moment.
A patent that was discovered from Sony suggests that they are looking to bring out what they call a scalable game console. This could be a new means to bring out a platform that could offer more power than the PlayStation 5 standard edition, which already has been boasted to be quite powerful and fast. In particular, the game console will offer some variations for GPU and CPU, but again, not a ton of details were plotted out and nothing official has come out for the general public.
With all that said, patents are not a look at what’s to come. These are just potential projects that companies can claim in hopes of gaining traction for a future release. We very well may not see a release for a PlayStation 5 Pro, but with these patents and the success of the PlayStation 4 Pro may give Sony enough incentive to go ahead with a new platform iteration for this upcoming generation of consoles.