Bad news, PS5 release date will be delayed. Good news, more time for PS4 Pro and Xbox One.
It may be a bad news for some, especially those who are really expecting it this or next year. Several high profile job changes have happened which affected PS5 release date. One of the issues is the recent departure of 6-year Sony President and CEO Kaz Hirai. It also includes drop of hardware sales.
According to Gamesindustry.biz, PlayStation 4 went down from 9.7 million to 9 million. “Shipments of the PlayStation 4 were down, from 9.7 million units a year ago to 9 million, resulting in a slight downward trend in hardware revenue,”
“It seems likely that Sony’s annual shipments for the PS4 will never climb higher than that number based on historical analysis … With the end of 2017, the PS4 has reached the end of its fourth full year on the market, and the console seems set to begin its long decline in annual sales.” said in the article.
PS4 might need more time to garner sales and more room to stretch. It will likely drop off from its peak but PS4 software sales is still increasing for PS4 players at home continues to grow, too.
PS5 delayed release date gives PS4 Pro more room to improve.
Even with the drop in PS4 sales, Sony believes PS4 will still continue to accumulate pretty huge amount. Going back to September last year at the 1099, Pachter said: “Sony’s making so much money with the PS4 that I think they’ll continue to milk it as long as they can milk it.
Pachter also placed his bet on 2020 as PS5’s release date. “So you certainly get through 2017, 2018, and I just don’t see it slowing in 2018 which should prop them to launch something in 2019.”. He added, “If it slows in 2019, they’re probably launching in 2020.”
Another reason why PS5 will take more time, is it’s because PS4 sales are not yet slowing down. It’s still on peak. “The PS5 is probably going to be their real 4K device, and so it just feels to me that they’re not going to launch the PS5 until sales momentum for the PS4 slows, and it just hasn’t.
Hot from the fire, Gameindustry.biz Publisher and industry expert Christopher Dring, tweeted that he’d been hearing rumors of “Sony slowing up progress on PS5 rattling around for a few months”.