There are already many analysts and game experts talking about the launch date of Sony’s next big thing PlayStation 5 (http://www.playstation5ps.com). There are already few predictions in the market, which say the next console from Sony is going to come in the market in between 2018 to 2020. But people want more pin point prediction. A scale of 2 years is a very large and broad time period. So now, experts have started to estimate a more smaller and pin point release date of the console.
PlayStation 5: Damian Thong
The Famous man Damian Thong, an analyst at Macquarie Capital Securities, who correctly predicted release of PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 4 Slim, has recently said that Sony is going to launch its next PlayStation 5 by the second half of 2018. The forecast has been published in the Wall Street Journal and making a lot of noise in between the gaming universe.
His logic is that Microsoft is all set to launch its next generation Xbox console Scorpio in this holiday season of 2017. Microsoft has already announced new features and specs of the console and how it would change the concept of gaming. To counter the competitors, Sony definitely has to do take some actions very quickly and would release its next-gen PlayStation 5 in second half of the next year.
If this is assumed to be true, Sony will start talking and marketing about this console in the last part of the year or in the early months of the next year.
PlayStation 5: Counter Logic to Damian Thong
Just after Damien’s view, Paul Tassi, another video games expert, has published his opinion in the Forbes and he argued that it is almost unlikely for Sony to launch PlayStation 5 as early as in 2018.
- Sony already way ahead of its competitors: –
Sony is already the dominant market player in the industry. The rivals Wii U from Nintendo has probably sold 12-13 millions of consoles and the latest Switch from Nintendo has sold around another 12-13 millions. For their biggest rival Microsoft Xbox, the number is predicted to be around 25-30 millions, (Microsoft has stopped releasing data about their sell number) where Sony’s share in the market is around 60 million which is almost double to its biggest competitor. Though Microsoft is going to introduce Scorpio at the end of this year, he predicts still the share of Sony would comfortably be more than Microsoft without launching PlayStation 5. So Sony could take their time before the launch.
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- Too early for the fans: –
It will be only two years for PlayStation Pro if PlayStation 5 is launched in 2018. According to his view, this is a very short span of time between two big consoles. Sony has recently marketed that PlayStation Pro is the new kind of gaming and if within two years, it introduces its PlayStation 5, Sony may lose its trust on their fan-base.
According to him, 2019 is the best and logical year for Sony to launch PlayStation 5. It would be 3 years later after PlayStation Pro and 6 years down the line from PlayStation 4.