With Nintendo Switch’s success and Microsoft Project Scorpio in the pipeline, all eyes are now on how Sony would keep up with the competition. While the company just upgraded its console in the form of PS4 Pro September last year, many are expecting that a true successor is still hitting the shelves soon. After all, it’s already been over three years since the original PS4 launch.
Speculations are rife that Sony is saving the product’s reveal for the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3 2017) in June, but analysts say otherwise. Damian Thong, who correctly predicted PS4 Slim and PS4 Pro, claims it should come sometime in the second half of 2018 instead.
PS4 Pro? Wait, what about PS5? Macquarie's Damian Thong who correctly predicted PS4 slim and Pro says PS5 may arrive in 2nd half of 2018.
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If the forecast is accurate, we should be nearly a year away from its release. However, that’s still probably too soon for a new console. We can recall PS3 lasted seven years before its successor arrived. The PlayStation 4 would only be five years old, and the PS4 Pro would only have had two years in the sun by then. Launching the PS5 that soon would seriously render the PS4 Pro pointless for the majority of consumers.
Let’s also not forget that the PlayStation 4 is still being sold quite well. According to Sony, it shipped 53.4 million units of PlayStation 4 consoles worldwide since its 2013 release. That’s comparably low than PS2’s 150 million units, so the company will most likely delay the release of the next-generation PlayStation to sell as many PS4 consoles as they can.
PlayStation 5 Not Launching Until 2020
Then again, Thong’s latest statement isn’t a confirmation but merely a guess and patrons shouldn’t take such claims too seriously. But if we won’t get our hands on the PS5 next year, chances are it won’t see the light of day until 2020.
Apart from the 2018 claim, there’s a separate report in the rumor mill saying the console will play host to the next installment of the Grand Theft Auto (GTA) franchise, GTA 6. A few publications are already pointing to a 2020 release, seven years after the last installment debuted. However, game developer Rockstar Games has yet to comment on the matter, so we don’t really know for sure.
So far, Sony hasn’t confirmed anything yet about the PlayStation 5. The last time we’ve heard from the company, it wasn’t sure if there will ever be a PS5. Shuhei Yoshida, the president of Sony’s Worldwide Studios for Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc., said the launch of the console is more of a question of “if” rather than “when,” suggesting that the rumored next-generation PlayStation might not even be in development yet.
PS5 Release – What to Expect
Regardless of the release date, players already know what they want from PS5 should Sony give it a go. 4K gaming is no doubt a standard, and Sony hopefully attempts to give it the kind of horsepower that will ensure titles run at a silky smooth 60fps.
Powered by AMD chips, gamers specifically want it to feature 10+ teraflop of graphics processing unit (GPU). This makes it significantly more powerful than the Xbox Project Scorpio which will boast 6 teraflops of GPU. Considering the success enjoyed by its predecessor in delivering VR experiences, the PS5 is also tipped come with support for a more immersive virtual reality (VR) headset and total backward compatibility.
Obviously, there is no solid indication of how much PS4’s successor will cost at this point. However, Sony will likely remain wise enough to keep its pricing similar to that of its previous machines. If this is the case, the launch price should be around £400-£500. Consoles sold above this ballpark have historically struggled to sell. But with inflation, we’ll eventually see something beyond £500 at some point in the future.