Would that be too soon, considering that the PS4 Pro just launched in November 2016? If this analyst is right, Sony will be countering Microsoft’s Scorpio system with another updated version of the PlayStation as early as next year. Man, console releases are going to get so much less exciting as they ramp up their release schedules like this. The Wall Street Journal reports that Macquarie Capital Securities analyst Damian Thong "said he expected Sony to release its next-generation PlayStation by the second half of 2018." Analyst predictions don't always pan out, and this isn't necessarily based on some inside scoop. But the WSJ's reporter notes on Twitter that this is the same "analyst who correctly predicted PS4 Pro and Slim" ahead of their respective launches. That certainly lends credence to the prediction, though in all likelihood, we won't receive any official word from Sony for quite some time.