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Sony to Release PlayStation 5 Next Year?


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Sony to Release PlayStation 5 Next Year?

The PS4 Pro only launched last November. Releasing a successor so soon after seems very unlikely.

A reliable source is predicting that Sony will launch a PlayStation 5 before the end of 2018.

That prediction comes from Macquarie Capital Securities analyst Damian Thong, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal. Thong has a better-than-decent track record with this kind of thing. He accurately predicted the PlayStation 4 Pro and PlayStation 4 Slim before they were released.

Now, according to the WSJ, Thong expects "Sony to release its next-generation PlayStation by the second half of 2018." Keep in mind that Sony has not made any announcements about this, so for now it remains a rumor, but one backed by an analyst who's been right before.

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Here's the thing: as Tom's Guide pointed out, Sony doesn't need to launch a PlayStation 5 — even if Microsoft's upcoming Project Scorpio does well. The company recently revealed that 60 million PS4 units have been sold. Microsoft doesn't release Xbox sales data, but Superdata estimates that Redmond has sold 26 million Xbox One units to date.

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Sony first released the PS4 in November 2013 — less than four years ago. The PS4 Pro — an upgraded, more powerful version of the PS4 — hit the market this past November, not even six months ago. The PS4 family is still selling like crazy, so Thong's prediction seems pretty unlikely, but we'll just have to wait and see what happens.

Meanwhile, if you own a PS4 and are having problems with it, a surprising problem may be to blame: cockroaches. Kotaku recently spoke with several independent console repair people, who said roaches love PS4s.

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