It's a good time to be a gamer, isn't it? In addition to all of the throwback consoles like the NES Classic and other apparent rumors about more to come, as well as the handheld systems like the Nintendo Switch, Sony has announced that it's planning on releasing a next-gen Playstation console, too—and we won't have to wait too long for it to hit shelves.
That's according to GameSpot, which referenced a Wall Street Journal article quoting Damian Thong, an analyst at Macquarie Capital Securities, who said he "expected Sony to release its next-generation PlayStation by the second half of 2018."
According to my timeline, that would be about this time next year. Awesome.
While GameSpot is quick to remind us all that analyst predictions aren't always accurate, the author for the Wall Street Journal piece does point out that Thong is the same person who correctly predicted the releases of the PS4 Pro and Slim, so maybe he's a natural Nostradamus or something?
Analyst who correctly predicted PS4 Pro and Slim says next-generation PS would be released...https://t.co/mWTZzuRSSS— Takashi Mochizuki (@mochi_wsj) April 28, 2017
Assuming Damian Thong's knowledge is true, if Sony follows suit and a similar schedule as the past, we can expect an announcement sometime before the end of summer, with the company announcing the the PS4 Slim and PS4 Pro just one week and two months prior to their retail debuts.
While GameSpot did reach out to Sony regarding Thong's prediction, they fired back with the typical, "no comment," so we all continue to wait... and wait... and wait.
However, the idea of a next-gen Playstation coming in the near future makes a lot of sense in terms of competition, as Microsoft's Project Scorpio—which is believed to be more powerful than Sony's PS4 Pro—rumored to be in stores by Christmas of this year.
That puts Sony a bit behind the 8-ball, but, should this timetable turn out to be accurate, the two consoles will absolutely be compared to one another, as both would stand to be the top of the top when it comes to gaming systems.
So, what's left to know? How about the capabilities of the console. Will the new system be able to play PS4 games, or will it stick to new releases? That's something that's critical for gamers to know—and, hopefully, we'll get the answers in the coming months once we know for sure about Sony's direction.