PS5 release date targeting 2019, says analyst
Wedbush Morgan’s Michael Pachter has said that he expects PlayStation 5 to be backwards compatible with PlayStation 4 Pro.
Speaking during an interview with GamingBolt, the ubiquitous gaming analyst also said that Sony will probably release its next-generation home console in 2019, and that the PS5 will be a 4K powerhouse with silky-smooth frame rate capabilities. The analyst was responding to comments from Shawn Layden, President and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment America, who briefly touched base on a possible PS5 release.
“I really like Shawn 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?”
PS5 backwards compatibility
“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,” said Pachter.
He added: “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. I think Sony has probably got the next console cycle nailed down already. I think, they already know what they got to do.”
Pachter said back in February that the PS5 was likely to hit stores in 2019 at the earliest, and prior to this said that the console is likely to launch around 2020, roughly when he expects 4K TV adoption to really take off.
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