PS5 Release Date, News, Rumors: Tech Expert Says PlayStation 5 by H2 of 2018

By Jeff Villanueva, Posted: 09/20/16 11:03PM EDT
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Is it true that there will be a PlayStation 5 console by 2018? This was the big, bold revelation made by Macquarie's Damian Thong, who hinted that Sony's next console may arrive by the second half of 2018.

Based on a tweet by Takashi Mochizuki, a Tokyo-based technology reporter for Wall Street Journal, Thong correctly predicted that Sony will unveil two new consoles this year, which turned out to be the PS4 Slim and PS4 Pro. But that's just about two years for gamers to enjoy the two latest Sony consoles.

Surely, in between there will be updates, particularly that of PS4 Pro, which has backward compatibility on PS4. Not to mention that select games can be played at 4K resolution and has improved the quality of PlayStation VR. These three features alone will surely bring tons of updates, fixes and adjustments in the coming months.

Of course, it's just a prediction. Surely, PlayStation consoles are numbers. Hence, there will be PlayStation 5. The real question is when. In fact, even Sony Studios head Shuhei Yoshida is unsure whether there will be PlayStation 5 and if there is, when this console will arrive.

Back in April 2016 during an interview with Game Informer, Oddworld Inhabitants' co-founder Lorne Lanning related an instance where he got a chance to ask Yoshida a few nights before DICE 2015 about the rumored PS5, and what would it look like. "You mean IF" was the only answer Lanning got from Yoshida.

Lanning explained how he understood what Yoshida meant during that conversation. they do not know what the future look like and so they would wait until the need arises before Sony adapt to that specific needs. These words, though it did not directly come from Yoshida, were uttered by no less than a gaming technology veteran himself, thus we'll take the word from the man.

Lanning added that consoles normally lasts about 5 to 7 years, and that the future in gaming depend mostly on PlayStation VR. So now, where does PlayStation 5's future lies?

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