After a recent report hinting Microsoft’s new Xbox Project Scorpio, Sony is also secretly working on its next PlayStation console. According to Damian Thong, an analyst at Macquaire Capital Securities, Sony might launch the PlayStation 5 in 2018, probably in the second half. Obtained first by Wall Street Journal, Sony will yet again launch its Xbox counterpart just in time.
Well, it is too early for any rumour to be trusted at the moment but given Thong’s past predictions for the PS4 Pro and PS4 Slim, we can take this in due consideration.
However, we haven’t heard anything from Sony for this matter and rightly so as company’s last PlayStation 4 is grabbing some impressive sales figures. Sony sold about 20 million units in the last fiscal year (April 2016 to March 2017) and this over and above the 40 million units sold as of May 2016. Further, it plans to gross about 18 million units by the coming year. With such sales figures, PlayStation 4 can go on and become the most sold gaming console from Sony.
Meanwhile, Microsoft has already begun the development process for its next Xbox under its project Scorpio. For the specs up on the internet till now, Scorpio will boast an octa-core 2.3 GHz processor coupled with 12GB GDDR5 RAM and a powerful GPU operating at 1172 MHz. So in order to be the next best console, Sony will have to beat these specifications on paper.
Another area where Sony will have to rectify it mistake this time is ‘backward compatibility’. The inability of PS4 to not play games from previous PlayStation version was one of the biggest limitations which Microsoft took the advantage of in its Xbox One. In other words, PS5 must support all PS4 games so that you don’t have to buy another set of games if you decide to upgrade your console.