It has already been nearly five years since the release of the original iterations of the Xbox One and PS4 console. Now that it has been a half decade, people are now talking about what the future will hold soon. It looks like at this stage Microsoft wants to have a head-start before Sony releases the PS5.
As you might know already, Microsoft’s Xbox One console is in the runner-up position with Sony’s PS4 dominating this entire generation. To avoid being in second place again, there’s a chance Microsoft wants to release the new Xbox console sooner rather than later.
This is a bold prediction made by famed gaming analyst Michael Pachter who recently commented to GamingBolt. He said: “I’m sure Microsoft intends to launch first, and I am equally certain that the new Xbox will be backwards compatible with any Xbox One X software. I agree that it’s hard for Xbox One X purchasers, but they should know 4 years into a cycle that there is another one coming. My guess is that Microsoft intends to launch in 2020, but if they think Sony is going [to launch the PS5] then, they will launch early“.
This strategy worked back in late 2005 when the Xbox 360 came out a year before Sony’s PS3 did. The head-start allowed Microsoft to be on top for a while, although the Nintendo Wii quickly outsold it afterward.