Michael Pachter is a well known gaming analyst and he’s been making all sorts of predictions for a while. Some of his predictions did come true some didn’t. From business perspective he has a lot of knowledge about gaming and sometimes he has good points. Just recently he said that “PlayStation 5 will release in 2019 and that PlayStation 5 will be PlayStation 4 Pro backwards compatible”.
It’s really difficult to say when PS5 will launch although usually with a game consoles life cycle lasting around 6 to 8 years. PS4 released in 2018 so, by the time PS5 releases in 2019 it would be 7 years gap.
Moving towards PS4 Pro backwards compatibility, the thing with Sony and PS4 Pro right now is that they cannot really make the PS4 PS3 backwards compatible. Because the PS3 was such a difficult beast to program to and it would be very difficult to emulate on the current hardware that Sony will probably not bother.
We are not entirely sure that it’s not possible, we think PS4 Pro can handle these games. PS3 has PC emulators and it has done by enthusiasts. At the end of the day whether they would like to do it or not. The real question is why are they doing it? Is it only because to downplay the fact that Xbox One has it? Or they are really not interested in backwards compatibility.
Backwards compatibility on PS5 is going to be very easiest thing to do because PS5 will probably still be using X86 architecture and it will be much more powerful. PS4 Pro and PS4 architecture is very simple, these are like PC’s in a small box.