Video game junkies might have their hands full next year as companies scramble to steal Nintendo’s thunder. Since launching Nintendo Switch in March, the Japanese video game giant has once again become the talk of the video game industry. The Switch is one of the most innovative consoles in years and torrid sales have reflected that.
But Nintendo’s moment in the sun might be short-lived. Sony plans to release Playstation 5 in 2018, predicts Macquarie Capital Securities analyst Damian Thong in a Wall Street Journal report.
If you’re wondering why we’re giving credence to a prediction made by someone who’s name isn’t Nostradamus, it’s because Thong successfully predicted the arrivals of PS4 Pro and PS4 Slim before Sony made official announcements. Sony’s probably feeling the pressure already; Microsoft will release their next-gen console Xbox Scorpio in the fall.
But don’t go using your PS4 as a doorstop just yet. Some experts are skeptical about Thong’s prediction, especially since the PS4 is still the best-selling console on the market by a large margin. So why rush the release of a console just to keep up in a race its already winning? Chances are, Sony will want to make a major splash with the next iteration of its signature console — that means 4k gaming, VR capability, streaming games, and more — so releasing it ahead of schedule might not be in the cards if Shuhei Yoshida and co. want to get it right.