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PlayStation 5 Rumors, News: Next-Gen Console Likely To Come Out In 2020, But Is It Still Necessary?

PlayStation 5 is being expected to come out either in 2018 or 2020, but some are questioning if the next-gen console is still necessary because of PlayStation 4 Pro

By Bryan Ke, EnStars on Mar 20, 2017 07:54 PM EDT
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PlayStation 5 is being expected to come out either in 2018 or 2020, but some are questioning if the next-gen console is still necessary because of PlayStation 4 Pro (Photo : Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for Sony Interactive Entertainment)

A lot of console gamers know that Sony's PlayStation 4 is one of the strongest platform in the gaming market today. And the Japanese company is apparently not satisfied with its power, which is why it released a new and improved version: PlayStation 4 Pro. Because of that, there are some fans asking if the PlayStation 5 is still necessary because of the powerful Pro variant.

For one, though, the PlayStation 4 Pro has already reached 4K Ultra HD gaming, Tapscape reported. Another improved aspect of the Pro variant is its capacity to maintain 60 frame rates per second, possibly rendering the next-generation PlayStation 5 rather redundant.

However, it seems like Sony's Worldwide Studio Chief Executive Officer, Shuhei Yoshida, has seen the same issues with PlayStation 5. On Yoshida's comment when asked about the next-gen console, the issue about it is not "when" but "if," IGN reported. What this means is that Sony is probably unsure at the moment about its plans for the future of PlayStation.

If the company ever decides to push the next iteration PlayStation 5, though, some believe it could get released sometime in the far future. TNH Online reported that 2018 and 2020 are the two potential timeframes for the next-gen console to come out. It should be noted that this is just based on speculation and it is in no way official. With that being said, fans are being advised to take these PlayStation 5 details with a tiny pinch of salt.

While some fans are speculating about PlayStation 5, Sony, meanwhile, has officially announced its plans to discontinue the production for the past-generation PS3. According to Twinfinite, the company is planning to terminate the production in Japan first. Other countries like North America and Europe are expected to follow suit, possibly months after the company officially starts the phase out. More news about the matter should emerge in the coming months.

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