If there ever was a bizarre generation it would be this generation. We’ve seen mid-generation updates to both the PS4 and Xbox One, while Nintendo are still more than happy go the below-spec route when it comes to their offering. Anything goes, and according to Michael Pachter (Wedbush Securities analyst) it’s a format that will flow into the next generation.
At the moment both PlayStation and Xbox are in a power battle revolving around the concept of ‘my console is stronger than yours’ and according to him the PS5 will just be another half step forward, in terms of technical muscle, for Sony. He also expect it to drop in either 2019 or 2020, though he’s under the impression that it’ll come as soon as 2019. Here are his exact words:
“I really like Shawn [Layden] and I don’t think he is attempting to mislead anybody. The PlayStation 4 Pro is better [from a technical perspective] than the PS4, so I think that’s a half step towards the PlayStation 5. I think the PS5 will be another half step. So he is being honest when he said he is not doing a half step but the PlayStation 5…how much faster can it be? It will surely support 4K. Will it support 240 frames per second? Great. Will it play games that were made for the PlayStation 4 PRO? That’s the question. I think it will. So I think they will build a console that will backwards compatible with the PS4 Pro. So I think it will be perceived by the consumers to be a half step and I think Shawn is telling the truth when he says it’s will be a full fledged console.
My expectation that is that it’s not coming out in 2018. That is a 2019 or 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. I think Sony has probably got the next console cycle nailed down already. I think, they already know what they got to do.”
Sony boss of America, Shawn Layden, confirmed that the PS5 is in development and that it would be a major jump in terms of raw power, but these days it could mean anything. It should also be noted that Michael Pachter got some things right and other things very wrong. Whatever you do, take this bit of thoughts from him with a big pinch of salt.