During a recent podcast, analyst Michael Pachter has offered an interesting prediction about PlayStation 5, the still to be confirmed next console in the PlayStation family which should be set to release in a matter of 2-3 years from now. 2016 has been a pretty busy year in terms of hardware for Sony, with the launch of PS4 Slim, PS4 Pro and PS VR.
According to the analyst, though, we’re not going to see bold statements from Sony before they can actually see what Microsoft builds up with Project Scorpio later this year, and more importantly they’re also waiting to have a major improvement in audience with the 4K resolution panel. Which, based on this prediction, shouldn’t happen before 2020.
“You know, I think Sony’s probably going to wait and see what happens with the Scorpio, and if the Scorpio puts pressure on them and if it’s really that much better, maybe they’ll accelerate. But you know, back to my 4K TV thing, I don’t see 4K broadcast until 2020, and I think 4K broadcast is what’s going to cause people to switch their TVs over. So, I think that’s a good time to launch a new console.”
Sony should also work on backward compatibility this time, as “every piece of software [on PS5] will have to work on the PS4 Pro.” And, think about it, Sony would waste a lot of potential otherwise and also make a huge disservice to those who recently bought PS4 Pro.