THE PLAYSTATION 5 could arrive two years earlier than expected – potentially getting a head-start over the next Xbox.

A new report from a leading gaming industry expert suggests that Sony’s new console will be here in time for Christmas 2019.

 

Sony’s PlayStation 5 could be here in just over a year

Earlier this year, Sony teased that the PS4’s sequel could be three years away.

But top analyst Hideki Yasuda believes that it’s much closer than anyone imagined.

In a report for his firm Ace Economic Research Institute, Yasuda said he thinks “the introduction of the PS5 will be at the end of 2019”.

If that’s the case, Sony would almost certainly release the console before Christmas – for maximum sales opportunity.

What’s more, Yasuda promises that the PS5 will be a “high-performance machine” that boasts “high-end computer graphics”.

It’s already rumoured that the PS5 will feature game-streaming tech, letting you stream video games over the internet like a TV show or movie.

This could be a major blow to Microsoft, which is already working on an Xbox Two console – expected to launch much later.

At E3 2018, Xbox chief Phil Spencer said: “Our hardware team is deep into developing the next generation of Xbox consoles, where we will once again deliver on our commitment to set the benchmark for console gaming.”

Long-time Microsoft leak site Thurrott recently revealed that the Xbox was codenamed “Scarlett” and would land in 2020.

If Sony can get its new PlayStation out before then, it could seriously hurt Xbox sales.

Confusingly, Sony itself seemed to be projecting a much later release.

Speaking to the Wall Street Journal earlier this year, Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Tsuyoshi Kodera suggested we’re likely to see a 2021 release.

“We will use the next three years to prepare the next step, to crouch down so that we can jump higher in the future,” the Sony chief explained.

To add even more confusion to the next-gen console rumour mill, we’ve also heard the PS5 being mooted for a 2020 release.

Analyst Michael Pachter recently told Gamingbolt that both the next Xbox and PlayStation are scheduled for 2020 launches.