PS5 Will Launch In Late 2018, Will Be More Than 10 TFLOPs- Analyst

That sounds a bit too soon to me…

Posted By | On 06th, Mar. 2017 Under News | Follow This Author @Pramath1605

The PS4 is moving from success to success, with record breaking sales, and a frankly stellar lineup of games that seems to recall the glory of the PlayStation 2 days. With Sony just having released the PlayStation VR, PlayStation 4 Slim, and PlayStation 4 Pro last year, one would expect that we are slightly over half the PS4’s intended life cycle- however, one analyst disagrees.

Macquarie Research Analyst Damian Thong has stated that he expects Sony to launch the PlayStation 5 in 2018’s second half. Not just that, he expects it to be a rather powerful system too, with a 10 TFLOPs GPU that would far outstrip any other console on the market- including Microsoft’s Scorpio, which is due for release later this year.

“We see sustained profit growth in Game & Network Services. We forecast OP growth from ¥140bn in FY3/17 to ¥180bn in FY3/18, driven by expanding software sales and profits,” the analyst’s note reads. “A rising digital ratio and a higher mix of first-party titles will help margins – Horizon Zero Dawn, which launched on 28 Feb, looks to have had a good start with a Metacritic score of 88. While we have tempered expectations to account for rivalry with Microsoft/Xbox and PC gaming, we note that the success of PS VR (which has reached 915K units sold) highlights the health of the ecosystem. We expect Sony to launch a >10 TFLOPS ‘PS5’ in 2H18 to secure the installed base.”

Is this something you see happening? Next year seems to be a bit too soon to me- and if nothing else, it would make PlayStation 4 Pro owners really angry. On the other hand, it would be a hell of a way to make the Scorpio obsolete far before it can do any serious damage. What do you think? Let us know in the comments sections.

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  • parallaxscroll

    Not happening.

    The *earliest* PS5 might arrive is probably Q4 2019, and 2020 is more likely.
    There are a ton of PS4 games in development that won’t be out until 2018 or later (FFVII Remake for instance). Sony isn’t going to piss off consumers AND developers at the same time by releasing a PS5 so soon.

    Also, Sony will want a good technological leap, a console that’s at least 2-3 times more powerful than Scorpio in graphics processing. I wouldn’t expect less than a 12 TFLOP GPU, 8 core/16 thread Zen CPU and High Bandwidth Memory (HBM2 specifically). They also have to wait for the next chip fabrication process (7nm FinFET) to be ready for mass production, and that won’t be until 2019.

    PS5 in late 2019 or even 2020 is a more reasonable time frame than late 2018.

  • Triton

    Hahaha yeah right

  • nanana ananana

    2020 tokyo olympic

  • Eddie Battikha

    PS5 Fall 2018 I really can’t wait.

  • parallaxscroll

    My PS5 predictions:

    Fall 2019 at the earliest with a GPU around 12 TFLOPs
    Fall 2020 at the latest with around 18 TFLOPs. That would be about ten times more power than original PS4.

    In either case PS5 will be 2 or 3 times more powerful than Scorpio. However there’s more to it than that. A lot more. Since we’re only counting GPU compute performance here, it says nothing of the upgrade in CPU, which will most assuredly be some form of Zen with at least 8 cores & 16 threads. The improvement in CPU performance will be at least as important as the GPU upgrade, and finally free of the shackles of the weak Jaguar core.

    Also, High Bandwidth Memory (HBM2) will be commonplace by 2018-2019. Fitting in 32 GB with memory bandwidth approaching 1 Terabyte/sec shouldn’t be too difficult in a console by then. This will be great for next-gen graphic engines running in native 4K, also also for next-gen VR.

    Also, because Sony still believes in generations, PS5 games will be designed to run on PS5 hardware, and not PS4 / PS4 Pro. Developers will eventually take full advantage of the hardware, unlike with PS4 Pro and Scorpio, where games on those platforms still have to run on the base PS4 and Xbox One.

    BTW, 2018 is too early for PS5.


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