Both Sony and Microsoft appear to be gearing up for the next stage in their current generation consoles' lifespan.
The news comes via Rockstar insider Tez2 on the GTA Forums, which claims that "most AAA studios should have received the dev kits of mid-life upgrades or should receive them by the start of the new year." The insider doubled-down on their claims when asked if they knew this for sure or whether it was just a prediction. Tez2 replied, "For sure."
As reported by GamesRadar, the information doesn't mean that a new console iteration is on the horizon. A Reddit thread discussing Tez2's claims points out that dev kits for a mid-gen console upgrade are usually dished out a few years in advanced. It's likely that we won't see a Pro or Slim model of the PS5 for a few years still.
Sony's PlayStation 3 launched in 2006, with the Slim model following three years after in 2009. The same happened for the PlayStation 4, which launched in 2014. The next iteration of that console arrived in 2016.
Interestingly, Sony has yet to move away from supporting the PlayStation 4,with new games still being set to release on the last-gen console. Capcom's Resident Evil 4 Remake, set to release on March 24, 2023, will arrive on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5. The game will not arrive on last-gen Xbox consoles, however, only the Xbox Series X|S.