PlayStation 5 might be getting released sooner than you think

Analyst predicts a big console launch... and it isn't far away.

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VR Gaming at work What a great idea. Image Picture Sony Computer Entertainment

Sony has only just announced the new streamlined PlayStation 4 the PS4 Pro, but there’s already speculation mounting about the possibility of a PlayStation 5.

According to Macquarie analyst Damian Thong, who correctly forecasted the arrival of the PS4 and its streamlined counterpart, we may be only two years away from the next big console launch from Sony.

As reported by Gamepur, The Wall Street Journal’s Tokyo-based technology reporter Takashi Mochizuki relayed information from Thong about the potential for a PS5.

“PS4 Pro? Wait, what about PS5? Macquarie’s Damian Thong who correctly predicted PS4 slim and Pro says PS5 may arrive in the 2nd half of 2018,” wrote Mochizuki.

The move would give Sony plenty of time to push PS4 Pro, which is arriving on November 10 this year just in time for Christmas.

The upgraded console features 4K output and high dynamic range playback that’ll allow games to run smoother and with more detail.

It’s currently available to pre-order at a hefty £349, more than £100 more expensive than its regular PS4 counterpart. Worth holding out, then, if you’re prepared to wait?

Watch the PlayStation 4 Pro in action below:

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