The Playstation 5 Could Be Here Sooner Than You Think

A leading industry analyst thinks the PS5 will land earlier than Sony's 2021 goal.

Sony has so far been pretty downbeat in its predictions of when we're likely to see the Playstation 5.

Sony CEO John Kodera told the Wall Street Journal in May that it's unlikely to arrive before 2021, and that the company had to "crouch down" before being able to "jump higher in the future". However, leading games industry analyst Michael Pachter reckons they're selling you a dummy, and that the PS5 could be coming in 2020.

"Their [E3 2018] showcase was really hard to figure out, and they didn’t talk at all," Pachter told GamingBolt. "My bias is that they will also launch [the PS5] in 2020, so no reason to announce any current generation exclusives other than the ones announced so far."

Other details on what to expect from the PS5 are fairly thin on the ground so far, but Kodera did hint to Bloomberg earlier this year that Sony could follow Nintendo in making their next launch a portable device to compete with the Switch.


"In my opinion, rather than separating portable gaming from consoles, it’s necessary to continue thinking of it [portable gaming] as one method to deliver more gaming experiences and exploring what our customers want from portable," he said. "We want to think about many options."

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