Damian Thong of Macquarie Capital Securities, he’s an analyst there, who by the way predicted PS4 Slim and the PS4 Pro. And now he has predicted again that Sony will release a PS5 by the middle of 2018. One thing is for sure that he just have some really good sources inside of the Sony.
The PS4 was just released in October of 2016, if the prediction is just accurate that would make it a very short hardware refresh cycle by Sony which is insane and potentially angering so many PS4 owners out there.
There isn’t much to go on besides a prediction by this analyst. In certain aspect of the PS5 needs to meet this criteria or Sony risk angering a bunch of loyal fans. Sony has to treat the PS5 as a new and separate console from the PS4. Now this sounds bad for PS4 owners or those who just bought the PS4 Pro.
PS5 should have the same X86 architecture using a custom Ryzen CPU and Vega GPU. This will ensure that all Vega games are backward compatible to satisfy PS4 owners so that their games is not completely obsolete with the PS5 release.
The reason why Sony needs to separate the PS5 from the PS4 is that it unshackles from developer trying to optimize for PS4 and the PS4 Pro. If a developer can just create games for the PS5 it would make for a better experience for the developer and cheaper for the developer so that they are not to waste time optimizing for various consoles out there.
Also the reason why the Sony needs to keep the internal system architecture the same as that so Sony can handle the backward compatibility just like how Xbox One is doing with the Xbox 360 backward compatible. This doesn’t require developers input, because Xbox is just handling that through the Xbox hardware so, PS5 needs to do the same for the PS4. Also it would keep the development tools the same and saving the costs for developers and Sony.
Sony wins by saying that it will have a ton of games already for the PS5. Also Sony is handling the backward compatibility so that they can focus on creating awesome 4k games for the PS5.