PlayStation 5 Release Date: It Could be March 2020 or March 2022, Says Analyst

The next-gen console from Sony, or as we all call it the PlayStation 5, could be released on the market, in the best case scenario, in 2020. However, even though all speculations about the new generation of consoles from Sony and Microsoft point towards a 2020 release, analyst Yasuo Imanaka with the Rakuten Securities Economic Research Institute has a different opinion.

He argues that a possible release date for PS4 successor should be sometime between April 2021 and March 2022. He added that we wouldn’t see anything from the company before March 2020, and at best, we could get the PS5 in April 2020.

Imanaka also predicts that we will see The Last of Us Part II and Death Stranding in 2020 or by March 2021, and Ghost of Tsushima to be out by March 2020.

The Patent for Backward Compatibility Could Mean Great News

According to a Reddit post writing about Sony’s latest patent of backward compatibility for the PS5 with PS3, PS2, and PSX, the patent will be a “system to be applied in a future machine, PS5, and that allows the CPU of the new console to be able to “interpret” the central unit of the previous machines.” Mark Cerny, the architect of PS4, is the author of this patent.

This system will completely remove the need to work on remasters of games for the next console:

The aim is to make the applications designed for the previous consoles (legacy device) run perfectly on the most powerful hardware, and is focused on eliminating the synchronization errors between the new consoles and the behavior of the previous ones (PS4, PS3, PS2 and PSX). For example, if the CPU of the new console is faster than the previous one, data could be overwritten prematurely, even if they were still being used by another component.

Analyst Daniel Ahmad stated that Sony Santa Monica and Polyphony are working on the next console since the patent is already there and the specs have been leaked. He argues that these two could mean the PS5 might be launched in 2020.

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