Sony’s PS4 continues to be a hit with customers around the world. As of the beginning of this month, over 70 million consoles have been sold to date. So what’s next for the tech giant?

Well, President of PlayStation Shawn Layden who is the President and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment America confirmed the company is working on the PS5.

While we won’t see it anytime soon, there remains a level of comfort knowing that Sony is investing in its next-generation gaming console. They will want to squeeze every last pennyworth in sales for the recently released PS4 Pro.

Michael Pachter who is an industry expert told GamingBolt earlier this year, that he expects the console to be released in 2019.

Given the slow adoption of 4k TVs, I’d be more inclined to lean towards a 2020 release for the PlayStation 5, which was Pachter’s initial assumption:

My expectation that is that it’s not coming out in 2018. That is a 2019 0r 2020 but probably 2019. Sony is probably timing it better because they are going to bring out a 4K capable device when the 4K TV market reaches 50% in the USA and 35% in the rest of the world

There aren’t’ any specifics on a viable time frame for when the PS5 will go on sale, so keep that in mind.

That would be too premature for Sony to give such a date. One of the biggest features users are wanting, is backward compatibility. It’s a trait that Michael Pachter believes will be included in the PS5.

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Game developers are going to have to tap into the limits of the current generation PlayStation console before customers feel like they need an upgrade.

The life cycles of consoles aren’t like those of flagship smartphones where customers feel like they need an upgrade every six months.

Prices have fallen for 4k tv sets making the adoption rate among consumers rise. This is an essential aspect of high-def gaming, as many users are still only seeing upscaled visuals instead of native 4k resolution. By 2020, we’ll expect not only 4k native support but a push towards 8k.

Thanks in part to the new Scorpio engine, the Xbox One X the most powerful gaming console, which made some 80,000 UK sales in just its first week.

It’s Microsoft’s answer to the PS4, which they hope to use in attempts to dominate the market in 2018. The longer it takes for the PS5 to come out, could play into the hands of the Xbox as they further refine their machine with software updates.

While impressive for a dedicated gaming machine, Hardcore PC gamers prefer a custom built solution, as these gaming consoles are more or less mid-range PCs, buts that’s another story.

Sony’s PS5 may still be a few years away until its release. But that’s not stopping the rumor mill from chugging along, and I suspect we’ll hear more during E3 2018, which might give us some insights for specs, pricing, and availability.

 

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