Michael Pachter, a well-known and fairly accurate analyst within the video game industry, has revealed in a Gaming Bolt interview that he believes Sony will release the PlayStation 5 in either 2019 or 2020. He also stated that he predicts the console will only be a step-up from the PS4 Pro, not a giant leap forward.
Here is his exact quote from the interview:
The PlayStation 4 Pro is better [from a technical perspective] than the PS4, so I think that’s a half step towards the PlayStation 5. I think the PS5 will be another half step. So he is being honest when he said he is not doing a half step but the PlayStation 5… how much faster can it be? It will surely support 4K. Will it support 240 frames per second? Great. 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 backwards compatible with the PS4 Pro.
PlayStation fans will likely be pretty bummed-out if the PS5 is only a half-step upgrade to the PlayStation 4 Pro. If you haven’t already purchased the Pro, it may be wise to hold off either until it drops further in price or until we get a true look at how big of an upgrade the PlayStation 5 will be compared to it.
Pachter thinks Sony is being more intelligent with the release of a true 4K gaming console by waiting until market saturation hits around 50% in the U.S – meaning Sony wants nearly 50% of Americans to own a 4K TV before launching the PS5, presumably to significantly boost sales.
The tactic is smart if the market indeed reaches that level of saturation by 2020. Some believe, however, that both the release of the PS5 console and the growth of 4K TV purchases will come at a slower rate. In other words, we may not see an official PS5 release date until 2021 to 2022.
According to rumors on the web, the PlayStation 5 will be backwards-compatible with the PS4 Pro and will render games in true 4K resolution at 60 frames per second or better.
No official details have been released. We’ll have to wait to learn more about the PS5 specs, official release date, and other information. We will report on it as soon as it’s available, though.
With the PlayStation 5 still two to three years out, it may be wise (for the time being) to invest in getting a quality PS4 gaming chair and maybe even upgrade your PS4 headset to get the most out of your gaming experience while awaiting a new console release.