May 02, 2017 04:30 PM EDT
Consumers and gaming community might hear or read that Sony plans to release a PlayStation 5 this coming 2018. But don't give up easily on PS4 as Sony certainly doesn't need for a new hardware console to be on top of the gaming industry.
According to Forbes, Macquarie Capital Securities analyst Damian Thong predicted the arrival of both PS4 Slim and PS4 Pro; thinks that Sony's next-generation console could arrive next year. Sony's PS4 is indeed the leading console of the current generation, with its 60 million units sold.
Compared to Superdata's estimated Xbox One lifetime sales of 26 million, it's not even close to whats PS4 has gained. Several tech enthusiasts argue that Sony is looking for a competition to fight back against Microsoft's supercharged Project Scorpio, a 4K-ready Xbox One that could become that most powerful home console that ever built when it hit the store this year. Project Scorpio's beastly specs even surpass PS4 Pro which is a 4K-capable PlayStation that Sony launched last 2016.
However, even if Project Scorpio surpasses the PS4 and PS4 Pro in terms of its power, it still can't compete against Sony's latest PS console when it comes to games. PS4's biggest success is due to the system's big stable of high-quality exclusives titles such as "Bloodborne," "Horizon: Zero Dawn" and "Uncharted 4" are among the most commended games of this generation.
According to Value Walk, there might be chances that Sony will release a revised PS4 Pro than making an all-new PS5. With that, the PlayStation can still bear its own features with Microsoft's Scorpio when it comes to performance without sacrificing the PS4 brand that gamers love so much.
PlayStation5's imminent arrival would be more believable if were on a new different generation. Sony's PS3 replaced the PS2 after 6 years, in which the Xbox 360 did the same for Xbox after 4 years. Fortunately, it is now an era of half-step upgrades, in which console such as PS4 and Xbox One console get occasional refreshes that give better and more powerful features without jumping out their hardware systems.
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