According to analyst Michael Pachter, it is likely that we might be seeing the PlayStation 5 released in 2019.
During an interview, Michael Pachter from Wedbush Securities told GamingBolt that he expects the PlayStation 5 to arrive in 2019/2020. Much like the PlayStation 4 Pro, Pachter suspects that the PlayStation 5 will be, what he calls, half a step forward. The console will fully support 4K since about half of the US market is expected to own a 4K TV by 2019/2020. Interestingly enough, Pachter also believes that the PlayStation 5 could possibly be backwards compatible with PlayStation 4 games.
“Will it play games that were made for the PlayStation 4 Pro? That’s the question. I think it will. So I think they will build a console that will be backwards compatible with the PS4 Pro. So I think it will be perceived by the consumers to be a half step and I think Sony Interactive Entertainment America CEO Shawn Layden is telling the truth when he says it will be a full-fledged console.”
While Pachter does admit that this is only speculation, it does make sense when you look at the lifespans of the previous PlayStation consoles. Most of Sony’s consoles have had a lifespan of between 8 and 10 years, which fits in quite nicely with Pachter’s 2020 prediction. A few months ago, analyst Damian Thong reportedly said that he expected the PlayStatioon 5 to launch in the second half of 2018. While these are all speculations, I think it’s safe to say that Sony is probably already hard at work on the next PlayStation and, of course, we can’t wait.
Would you buy a new PlayStation if it released in 2019/2020? Is it too early?