Analyst claims the PlayStation 5 could be released as early as 2019

It wasn’t that long ago that Sony launched the PlayStation 4 Pro, a souped-up version of the standard PlayStation 4 which allows users to take advantage of the higher graphical capabilities of newer television sets. However, according to one analyst, Sony might be asking fans to upgrade yet again, this time to an entirely new console generation, as early as 2019.

In a recent interview with GamingBolt, Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter (a known figure within the gaming community) was asked about recent comments made by PlayStation of America president Shawn Layden in which Layden confirmed that Sony will eventually be developing a PlayStation 5. Pachter said that the PlayStation 5 will likely be another “half-step” for Sony, much like how the PS4 Pro was a half-step up from the PlayStation 4 (suggesting that the PlayStation 5 won’t be that much more powerful hardware-wise from the PS4 Pro).

What was most interesting, however, was Pachter’s estimate for when the PlayStation 5 will be released:

“My expectation that is that it’s not coming out in 2018. That is a 2019 or 2020 but probably 2019. Sony is probably timing it better because they are going to bring out a 4K capable device when the 4K TV market reaches 50% in the USA and 35% in the rest of the world. I think Sony has probably got the next console cycle nailed down already. I think, they already know what they got to do.”

At first blush, it seems kind of crazy to think that Sony would try to usher users into yet another new console generation so soon after releasing the PS4 Pro. However, if the PlayStation 5 does end up being another half-step like Pachter predicts, maybe it’s not so crazy after all.