Launched in November 2013, the Sony PlayStation 4 (PS4) has been a smashing hit over the years. So much so that the Japanese electronics giant shipped more than 60 million units of the fourth-generation PS console since launch. In fact, PS4 has so far outsold its arch rival, the Microsoft Xbox One by a huge margin — nearly by 200% according to some estimates.
Even though PS4 got what could be termed as a mid-cycle refresh in 2016 with the launch of the PlayStation 4 Pro, it appears as though Sony is prepping to launch the next-generation PS as early as next year. This new piece of info comes from Damian Thong, a Macquarie Capital Securities analyst.
Thong recently took to social media to state that the PlayStation 5 could launch sometime in the second half of 2018. Now, before you start thinking that this is just another half-baked, clickbait-ish rumor, consider that Thong had been spot on with his predictions regarding the PS4 Pro and the PS4 Slim.
Analyst who correctly predicted PS4 Pro and Slim says next-generation PS would be released…https://t.co/mWTZzuRSSS
— Takashi Mochizuki (@mochi_wsj) April 28, 2017
Moreover, even if the forecast by Thong is inaccurate, don’t forget that it could take more than a year before we get any official confirmation from Sony regarding PS5. Perhaps it will happen at E3 2018.
Meanwhile, odds are that Microsoft will try firing a desperate salvo later in 2017 with the release of Project Scorpio that promises to deliver 6 TFLOPs of 4K gaming prowess.
Come what may, it will be interesting to see how successful Project Scorpio with its high-octane GPU turns out to be in bridging the gigantic gap with Sony when it comes to sales figures.