Sony PS5 Game Console Rumor Points To Second Half Of 2018

Posted: May 1 2017, 5:09am CDT | by , in Rumors | Technology News

Sony PS5 Game Console Rumor Points to Second Half of 2018

Launch in mid-2018 would be much earlier than past console launches

A new rumor about the Sony PS5 game console is making the rounds today and the source of the rumor has a history of highly accurate predictions about Sony game consoles. The source is Macquarie Capital Securities analyst Damian Thong. Thong has been accurate in the past predicting the launch of the Sony PS4 Slim and the PS4 Pro game consoles.

The latest rumor from Thong suggests that the Sony PS5 game console will launch in the second half of 2018. If true, this will be a break from tradition for Sony who typically launches new versions of game consoles every six years. The original PlayStation launched in 1994, about six years later came the PS2, and about six years after that came the PS3 and then seven years later the PS4 landed.

If the PS5 launched in the middle of 2018, that would make the launch of the console only about four years from the launch of the PS4. Thong has no predictions for the hardware inside the PS5 console at this time. However, it would make sense for Sony to simply up the CPU and GPU speed, storage, and memory inside the PS5 and call it a day.

Those changes would all allow for the console to play games more smoothly and better handle higher resolutions. Speculation suggests that the game console might use the next-gen CPU architecture AMD has in the works along with the AMD Vega GPU architecture. Those sort of updates will guarantee PS4 game backwards compatibility for gamers. There is always the chance that Sony could do something more radical, but that might compromise backwards compatibility for PS4 titles.

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