The PS5 release date is going to be big news when it’s finally announced by Sony, although there’s still no word on when that might be.
While a few analysts have predicted something being revealed as early as 2018, it seems more likely that we will be waiting longer than that.
Industry analyst Michael Pachter has said in the past that he believes that Sony is making too much money with the PS4 to consider releasing a new console just yet.
Pachter commented in the 1099 Podcast: “I think that’s exactly when you’ll see one (PS5) 2019 or 2020, and if I had to bet, it’s 2020.
“Sony’s making so much money with the PS4 that I think they’ll continue to milk it as long as they can milk it.
“And I think the natural extension of that is the PS4 Pro becomes the default PS4, and they just knock that price down to $250 when they can and they keep selling it – a ton of those.
“The PS5 is probably going to be their real 4K device, and so it just feels to me that they’re not going to launch the PS5 until sales momentum for the PS4 slows, and it just hasn’t.
“So you certainly get through 2017, 2018, and I just don’t see it slowing in 2018 which should prop them to launch something in 2019.
“If it slows in 2019, they’re probably launching in 2020.”
There’s also rumours that the successor console to the Xbox One X could arrive in 2019, setting up quite an interesting situation for the PS4 and Nintendo Switch.
YouTuber DreamcastGuy recently released a video which states that a Microsoft source has told him that a new console launch is being primed for 2019.
DreamcastGuy reports that a friend he has that works for Microsoft has indicated to him that the big release is on the cards for next year.
This appears to be in a bid to get in ahead of the PS5 release date, although Sony haven’t mentioned when they might launch their new console.
According to DreamcastGuy, Microsoft are worried that Sony could be ready to announce the PS5 in early 2019, meaning they need to be ready too.
Price points are also reportedly being talked about at the tech giant, which wouldn’t be seen as that surprising if they hope to get it ready as soon as possible.
It should be noted that other media sites have mentioned that this source in question could be real, however, all this reported information should still be taken with a big pinch of salt.
This would be seen as a massive gamble on Microsoft’s part, due to the quite recent launch of the Xbox One X.
Having only just released quite a highly priced bit of kit, would it make sense to launch another so quickly afterward?
There’s also the fact that while 2019 is next year; it could be another release set for November, meaning an announcement wouldn’t need to be made until very late in 2018.
While not something that is set to happen right away, some analysts have also backed Nintendo to create a new smaller device to launch as soon as 2019.
This latest report is from Citigroup, who apparently cite the younger audience the Nintendo Switch could attract as a driving factor behind a “Mini” Nintendo Switch being unveiled.
The fiscal year through March 2019 would be the earliest we could see something new launch under the umbrella of the Switch brand, according to analysts including Minami Munakata, Kota Ezawa and Alicia Yap.
However, unlike Sony and Microsoft, the Nintendo Switch Mini would just be a slight upgrade on the existing Switch design.
This would mean a slight generational refresh for Nintendo, who are probably not looking to their next console for some years.