With the way the last generation of consoles played out, it seems inevitable that in a few years, we are going to go through that cycle again. As PS4 and Xbox One gave birth to the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X, so too will we almost certainly get PS5 Pro and Xbox Series uh, Y? I don’t know.
While yes, it’s true that a ton of people can’t even get a regular PS5 right now, I wanted to talk about this today all the same because well, it’s still holiday break and there is no actual video game news. So here we are.
1. Power leapfrogging the Series X
This one is almost too obvious to really explore all that much, but the main point of these kinds of console upgrades is to increase power as much as possible. Here, it actually wouldn’t be about just leapfrogging the Series X, but also trying to guess where Microsoft may land with the Series Y, and trying to beat that. Sony lost this battle with the Pro against the One X in terms of power (not that it hurt sales), and I’m guessing they would like to avoid repeating that if possible.
2. Killing the “Copying” phase once and for all
Whatever hardware changes are made, I do hope that as was previously promised, the PS5 Pro would finally eliminate the copying phase that plagues it. Granted, yes, it’s much shorter if you’re doing it for PS5 games, but it still exists. And for PS4 games on PS5, it’s still there and slow, and Xbox does not have to deal with 5-30 minute copying phases for patches, which is a big advantage.
3. Steal Quick Resume from Xbox
One Xbox Series X feature that I have come to really like a lot, over both PS5 and PC, is how it utilizes quick resume to allow you to suspend multiple game states for long periods of time and freely switch between them. For games that are not online especially like Valhalla, Immortals and Cyberpunk, this has been especially useful, and I hope that PS5 sees it and copies it, especially given Sony’s focus on offline, single player, first party games.
4. UI redesign
Granted, a redesign of the UI does not need to be done at the same time as new hardware, but I can’t think of a better time to launch a major overhaul. Take your pick of how you want this redesigned, but I want to eliminate the “Explore” tab which always makes my PS5 open with a giant, full page ad for something, and I would re-do the entire bottom bar system which I do not like over the PS4 UI.
5. Controller health issues
This could be on the hardware side as well, but I worry about the nuances of the PS5 DualSense performing other time (already we are hearing reports of the delicate triggers breaking) and secondly, I have found that controller battery life/charging off the PS5 continues to be a poor process overall, and I hope more strides are made in that area.
Bonus: 1440 monitor support, for our poor brethren with those unsupported screens.
Bonus 2: More storage, at least 2 TB on the SSD.
Bonus 3: It should be black. Obviously.
Those are my major additions I’d like to see. Power is obviously the most important, but there are more changes I think can be made past that. What would you add?
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