Nowadays, it’s difficult to find a PlayStation 5. With each stock update, everyone is feverishly refreshing shop sites in the hopes of snagging a Special Edition PS5 console before they sell out. Not me, at any rate. While a PS5 Slim and PS5 Pro are likely still some time away, We’ve opted to hold out for a PS5 special edition bundle. When can we anticipate a PS5 Slim, Pro, or Special Edition bundle to be released? This is what we’ll look at in this article.
You may wonder why we have decided to wait. The special reason was that the internal SSD capacity was limited to 825GB (667.2GB of actual usable space). This issue, however, has been resolved with the recent system software beta 2.0 update, which added support for the additional M.2 SSD slot. You can now install a third-party SSD from Western Digital or Seagate to increase storage capacity by up to 4TB (albeit at a hefty price tag).
The second reason for waiting for PS5 Special Edition is that we are a collector. During the PS4 era, We started with a basic PS4 console and afterward upgraded to the God of War PS4 Pro 1TB bundle. Why? Well, We like the look of the Leviathan Grey console and controller with the Norse glyphs. The increased performance from increased CPU and GPU clock speeds, as well as the larger HDD, was a nice bonus. To improve load speeds, We eventually installed my own Crucial MX500 1TB SSD. Since then, We have decided that if we are going to spend $600-$800 on a new console, We want something collectible or the special edition of that PS5 console.
Where can we find the Special Edition PS5 Bundles?
That’s an excellent question. We are not referring to the boxed bundles like Killzone: Shadow Fall or Battlefield 4 that debuted alongside the PS4. That is simply a base console packaged with a game in a one-of-a-kind box. We are referring to special editions such as the Amazing-Red Marvel’s Spider-Man bundle, icy white Destiny bundle, and the aforementioned God of War PS4 Pro bundle.
Sony’s failure to release a Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart PS5 was unquestionably a missed opportunity, while a Ghost of Tsushima Director’s Cut edition would have been cool (and much needed) as well. We can, however, give Sony some leeway because of COVID-19. Sony is already having difficulty keeping up with demand.
In the future, what are some of the upcoming system sellers for which Sony may develop special edition bundles for PS5? The first game that comes to our mind is Horizon Forbidden West, which was delayed to the 2nd quarter of 2022. Final Fantasy XVI, Gran Turismo 7, Forspoken, or God of War: Ragnarok might all be alternatives.
When can we expect a special PS5 Slim edition?
Before PS5, while hardware revisions were common throughout a console’s life cycle to reduce costs or fix hardware issues, the Slim or Pro special edition was usually released several years after the original. The PS4 Pro and PS4 slim were released on September 15 and November 10, 2016, respectively. Almost three years after the console’s initial release.
The Slim PS4 was almost 30% smaller than the standard model. This necessitated technological advancements that reduced power consumption by 52% over the base console. Sony also improved the Dualshock 4 controller and added new features such as 5GHz WiFi support, significantly improving online play and downloads.
To make a PS5 special edition slim, Sony will need to modify the CPU, GPU, and SSDs to reduce energy consumption and prevent overheating. Some users have already expressed their feelings that the extra M.2 SSD slot may overheat in the absence of a proper heatsink. As a result, Sony may opt to remove the extra M.2 slot in the slim model and simply increase the size of the internal SSD later on.
When Can We Expect A PS5 Pro?
The Pro edition of PS5 is more dependent on satisfying special industrial requirements. Because 8K displays and gaming will not be widely available for some time, the PS5 may not require a Pro version for some time. Furthermore, industry advancements such as AMD’s FidelityFX and FSR will allow games to achieve higher frame rates and resolutions without upgrading system specs.
The need to improve performance for features such as VR may lead to the special release of a PS5 Pro edition model. Sony hasn’t disclosed much about their plans for the next iteration of PSVR 2, other than that they’re working on it. However, VR is extremely demanding, especially if they intend to showcase an 8K display.
Another reason for a PS5 Pro model is if 4K @ 60fps gaming becomes the norm. Most games that aim for 4K @ 60fps must make some sacrifices, particularly in raytracing. The Nanite and Lumen technologies featured in Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 5 will also necessitate significant processing power.
The Wait Will End One Day for PS5 Special Edition Console
The PS5 is still in high demand, making it nearly impossible to obtain one. But since you’ve already waited this long, you might as well wait for a special edition.
However, if you’re waiting on a PS5 Slim or PS5 Pro, you might have to wait a little longer. These hardware upgrades are still a few years away, and it’s difficult to predict what we might see. However, users should expect Sony to release a special edition of one of its next-generation systems within the next year.
Is this a Horizon Forbidden West bundle? A special edition PS5 for God of War: Ragnarok? It doesn’t even have to be a first-party game. Sony previously collaborated with Activision to release special edition bundles for the Call of Duty and Destiny series. Or perhaps collaborating with Square Enix to release special edition PS5 bundles for Final Fantasy XVI, Forspoken, or Final Fantasy VII Remake Part 2.
What games would you want to see a special edition console bundle released for? Or, if you’re holding out for a PS5 Slim or PS5 Pro, what features or system spec upgrades would you like to see? Tell us in the comments section below.