The release window of the Sony’s next-generation console, which many refer to as the PS5 or PlayStation 5, even if it doesn’t have an official name just yet, is subject of much discussion among gamers, and the investment analyst community is also looking at it with great interest.
Even among Japanese analysts, there isn’t a consensus. While a few weeks ago we heard that Ace Research Institute Analyst Hideki Yasuda pins the release of the console at the end of 2020, Tokyo-based Rakuten Securities Economic Research Institute.
Specifically, analyst Yasuo Imanaka recently released his analysis of Sony’s latest financial results, and he believes that the console will likely come later compared to his colleague’s prediction.
While he thinks that there is a possibility that the PS5 might be released in the fiscal year between April 2020 and March 2021, he feels that it’s not very likely. On the other hand, Imanaka-san believes that there is a higher chance for it to launch in the fiscal year beginning in April 2021 and ending in March 2022.
He also mentions that there is no chance for the PS5 to be released before March 2020.
It’s no surprise that analysts are scrambling to predict the release window for Sony’s next-generation console. As Imanaka-san himself says, whenever it comes, it won’t just impact the performance of the Game & Network Services segment of the company, but Sony as a whole.
Interestingly, Imanaka-san also believes Ghost of Tsushima will release by March 2020, while The Last of Us: Part II and Death Stranging might be released either in the coming fiscal year or the next ( which means by March 2021 at the latest).
As usual, keep in mind that while analysts usually come equipped with considerable market experience which makes their opinion more relevant than that of the average Joe, this is just an analysis, and shouldn’t be interpreted as factual.