Sony’s PlayStation 5 Might Be Launching Sooner Than We Expected

A new report indicates that the next major PlayStation refresh might be out sooner than we expected, which recommends that the Japanese company might be launching it be the second half of the year.

Other than the prediction itself, Sony hasn’t shared any other PlayStation 5 details, or announced anything about PS5. The gaming industry is abuzz with Nintendo’s latest ventures right now, with the launch of the Switch proving to be its most popular in a long, long time. Also, Nintendo trying to remain desperately relevant in a market that it once dominated, is all said set to to be bringing forward plans for a launch of its own.

Sony, maker of the 60-million-selling PS4 is also working on to launch its new PlayStation 5 as soon as the second-half of 2017, according to a report by Macquarie Capital Securities analyst Damian Thong, who happens to be the same analyst who accurately predicted the PS4 Slim and PS4 Pro. However, Thong did not offer any other details about the PS5, and while his predictions became accurate in the past, this is just speculation at this time.

Although Nintendo Switch is the talk of the town right now in the gaming consoles business, but that doesn’t mean Sony and Microsoft aren’t working on their next-gen devices of their own. Sony, meanwhile, is yet to announce anything about the PS5. But considering that Microsoft’s Project Scorpio is in the works which is said to be launching in the second half of this year, and that Nintendo’s Switch has been met with plenty of enthusiasm, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Sony push a PS5 to stores sooner than anticipated.

Officially, Sony has said absolutely nothing about launching a PS5 just yet, we do wonder whether there is much wisdom in debuting a new high-end product so soon after the company brought 4K gaming to the masses for the first time. After all, Sony last year released a mild PlayStation update with the PS4 Slim and PS4 Pro signaling that it’s more than ready to refresh its newest console to better compete against Microsoft.

Project Scorpio is expected to be unveiled at E3 2017, but it’s probably unlikely for Sony to announce the PS5 during the same event. While Microsoft has its own refresh now in the works, set to be an updated, upgraded Xbox One console that will also include 4K support.

Surely 2017 is too early for a brand new console to come out of Japan’s biggest player in the market, with the PS4 and PS4 Pro selling so well as a combined number since launching in 2013. Sony sold more than sixty million units, almost double the number of Xbox One units Microsoft sold during the same period.

With Microsoft set to unveil Project Scorpio at E3 and Sony also, if, will do the same with the PS5, it’s is possible the Scorpio would be dead in the water before it has even launched. Despite the fact of Thong’s past record though, we don’t think Microsoft has too much to worry about in that regard just yet. Stay tuned for more.

(Via: Wall Street Journal)

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