Michael Pachter is no stranger to the gaming industry. If there’s one game analyst out there who always draws attention, for good or bad, it’s him. Now, he’s back with another huge prediction: the PlayStation 5 will release in 2019 as a half step upgrade to the PS4 Pro.
Here’s what he had to say during his interview with Gaming Bolt:
The PlayStation 4 Pro is better [from a technical perspective] than the PS4, so I think that’s a half step towards the PlayStation 5. I think the PS5 will be another half step. So he is being honest when he said he is not doing a half step but the PlayStation 5… how much faster can it be? It will surely support 4K. Will it support 240 frames per second? Great. Will it play games that were made for the PlayStation 4 PRO? That’s the question. I think it will. So I think they will build a console that will backwards compatible with the PS4 Pro.
Pachter also talked about how it’s very likely that the PlayStation 5 will be backwards compatible with the PlayStation 4 Pro. This makes sense given that Microsoft has received a positive reception for their impressive backwards compatibility program that allows Xbox One gamers to play Xbox 360 and original Xbox titles.
As an analyst, feel free to take Pachter’s prediction with a grain of salt. But considering that the regular PlayStation 4’s tech will be six years old in 2019, the thought of the next PlayStation console arriving to homes everyone doesn’t sound all that unlikely. Perhaps Sony is even waiting to see how the Xbox One X, the most powerful video game console so far, does in terms of attracting gamers with specs alone.