The Playstation 4 is this generations best-selling console, selling 60 million units by the time this video uploads. That’s right on track with Sony’s best selling console of all time, the Playstation 2. And with such staggering numbers, you’d think that Sony would continue to fully support and focus on making sure these numbers for the PS4 keep going at this pace.
But according to Macquarie Capital Securities analyst Damian Thong, that’s not the case. Damian Thong has gone on to predict that Sony’s next console will release as soon as 2018. Forbes reported that there has been a lot of talk circulating Thong’s prediction, as it was featured in the Wall Street Journal, and with his previous correct predictions of the PS4 Pro and PS4 Slim, it’s understandable why many take his words with more than a few grains of salt.
But it begs the question of
Sony’s sales numbers aren’t dipping, and the PS4’s library of games is arguably the best in the competition. It simply doesn’t make sense for them to release a brand new console so soon.
But let’s take a step back. The Playstation 4 released all the way back in 2013. If a PS5 were to release November of next year, that would make the PS4, have a 5-year generation cycle. Which is perfectly in line with what we’ve been used to for decades now. However, if Sony simply released the Slim last year, and NOT the Pro, then that would make things more understandable. But the Pro is not just a paint job, it’s a better, newer version of the original, that provides players with more power.
Microsoft’s upcoming Scorpio makes sense because Microsoft hasn’t released an Xbox One that doesn’t do the same thing as the original. The One S is slimmer, and better looking, and sure does enable HDR, but it doesn’t fundamentally change the games, especially in the way they look. You look at Horizon Zero Dawn on the PS4 Pro on a 4K TV, then compare it to the original PS4; of course both look amazing, but you can clearly see the differences in particle effects, textures, foliage, lighting, even some animations, with the PRO. The Pro has 4 Teraflops compared to the originals PS4’s 1.84. Now I don’t know what the hell that means, but apparently a lot. For some reason flops have a lot of power in making things look pretty. Don’t ask us, go ask…whoever makes teraflops or whatever.
And Nintendo’s Switch is again, right at the 5-year generation cycle from the Wii U, so again that makes sense.
A Playstation 5 simply doesn’t make sense at this point. We already have 2 Playstation 4 consoles, and that’s not including the Slim. I already feel that there’s an over saturation of consoles in this weird console generation, and Sony would just be hurting themselves if they released another console, when they just released the PS4 Pro.
Moreover, I don’t see Sony having any sort of competition as they’ve been dominant for so long. They have incredible first party studios that are churning out hit exclusive after hit exclusive; and the PS4 Pro is plenty powerful, and devs haven’t even begun to use that full power. So what if the Scorpio is going to be able to do native 4K. The Xbox is struggling to get solid exclusives lined up. I’d much rather Sony wait it out and release a PS5 and have The Last of Us Part II as a launch title, in the fall of 2020.
What are your thoughts? Do you think the PS5 will be coming out next year? If so, are you excited for it? Let us know in the comments!