Sony could release a new PlayStation in late 2018, Macquarie Capital Securities analyst Damian Thong believes.
The PlayStation 4 is well ahead in the console race as it was confirmed last week that 60 million units have been shipped since it was launched four years ago. Whilst there are no recent figures on Xbox One sales, it’s expected that Microsoft have sold half, if not less, of what Sony has with its current generation console.
It seems unlikely, then, that the Japan-based console giant would feel the need to launch a new system. Xbox Scorpio is expected to release later this year, and whilst it will be the most powerful console ever made, it remains to be seen whether or not it can claw back the 30+ million users that the PS4 has on it. The PlayStation Pro also released just last year, and a two year cycle could leave many fans turning their back on a company which used to produce new systems ever 7-8 years.
Yet Damian Thong is an industry expert, and accurately predicted the release of the PS4 Slim and PS Pro, so his point is certainly one to be taken seriously.
So what would Sony’s next console be if it were to release next year? An obvious answer is the PlayStation 5: a brand new console generation to combat Microsoft’s Project Scorpio and Nintendo’s marching Switch. An alternative is to follow the same route as the Xbox team, and throw away the idea of standard console generations and provide players with continuous updates in the PlayStation family. Either way, Sony aren’t likely to please fans so soon after the release of the Pro.
Even if Thong’s predictions are true, we likely won’t hear anything about it until E3 next year, so it’s a waiting game until then.
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