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The PlayStation 5 will “probably” release in 2019, according to analyst Michael Pachter. Sony bigwig Shawn Layden recently confirmed that a new generation console is coming from the platform holder, but he warned fans not to expect it anytime soon. However, speaking with Gaming Bolt, the divisive Wedbush Securities employee suggested that the system may be little more than two years away.

“My expectation that is that it’s not coming out in 2018,” he said. “[The PS5] is 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 per cent in the USA and 35 per cent in the rest of the world. I think Sony has probably got the next console cycle nailed down already.”

If you look at Sony's cadence this generation thus far, it revised its entire hardware line in 2016 – three years into the generation. As such, we’re more or less on the same page as Pachter here, though there’s a possibility it may wait until 2020 to give the PS4 a bit more breathing space and wait for some more cutting edge hardware to mature.

One thing’s for sure, the console will already be in production behind-the-scenes, and Pachter believes that it will be fully backward compatible with the PS4 Pro – and the base PS4 by virtue. “Will it play games that were made for the PS4 Pro?” Pachter pondered. “I think it will. So I think they will build a console that will backwards compatible with the PS4 Pro.”