E3 is just around the corner and gamers are excited to see Microsoft’s upcoming Project Scorpio. However, there have been rumors and talks about PlayStation 5 and that it will have a discrete GPU instead of an APU. While it may sound reasonable but according to, analysts it is unlikely to happen.
Speaking with WeWriteThings, Michael Goodman, director of digital media strategies at Strategy Analytics, said that it is very unlikely that Sony would announce or release PlayStation 5 next year as it would undercut the PlayStation 4 Pro market which launched less than a year ago.
My original thought was that you’re going on four year cycles, not two-year cycles. I’m skeptical that they will launch a new console in 2018 after a two-year time frame. I don’t think it is going to move to a two-year cycle. [Sony] still has to pay back R&D. I mean there is a lot of expense that went into building the Pro. Are you going to undercut that market before it has made money?
However, he added that it would make sense for Sony to release PlayStation 5 in 2018 as it will give them an upper hand “to either equal or usurp Microsoft”. “If Sony does [launch a new console in 2018], how much improvement are you going to get? Microsoft is already pushing the envelope pretty hard”.
While nothing is sure if Sony will or will not release PS5 next year but, the company is already considering the direction for the console. Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO, Kaz Hirai, stated that the company will continue with consoles for a foreseeable future and that the Sony is also considering the direction for PS5.