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PlayStation 5 Portable and PlayStation 6 console predictions by Goldman Sachs given credence by PS5 launch date

Sony released five different models of the best-selling PSP between 2004 and 2011. (Image source: PlayStation)
Sony released five different models of the best-selling PSP between 2004 and 2011. (Image source: PlayStation)
Predictions for the release timeframe for a PlayStation 5 Portable and PlayStation 6 console have been given some credibility thanks to the scheduling for the PlayStation 5. An old report from the investment banking firm Goldman Sachs stated that the PS5 would be launched in 2020. The success of the Nintendo Switch and Switch Lite could see Sony consider a potential PS5P device.
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An interesting prediction reportedly made by Goldman Sachs back in 2017 has been brought back to life thanks to its partially accurate content (so far). The PlayStation report by the investment banking company was tweeted about by Bloomberg journalist Takashi Mochizuki but wasn’t taken particularly seriously at the time, with noted gaming industry analyst Daniel Ahmed commenting “I love companies that make up random stuff”.

The supposed predictions from Goldman Sachs were “2020 – PlayStation 5, 2023 – PlayStation 5 Portable, 2027 – PlayStation 6”. We already know that Sony has trademarked PS6 (and PS7, PS8, PS9, and PS10), and Sony releasing a console in 2027 with the PS6 moniker isn’t too hard to believe. However, the PlayStation 5 Portable (PS5P?) seems to be much more unlikely, especially as the PS Vita couldn’t emulate the incredible sales of the PSP.

But the handheld game console market has been revitalized, thanks to Nintendo. While many felt mobile gaming on smartphones was the only way forward, the Nintendo Switch ignored that belief and sold in its millions (over 55 million units shipped). However, while the Switch is a hybrid console, the Nintendo Switch Lite is not. It’s a full-fledged handheld that sold in the region of six million units within its first six months of release. Sony might want to emulate that success in the near future with a portable variant of the upcoming PS5.

So a PlayStation 5 Portable might be on the cards or it might not. It’s interesting speculation that has been brought back into the light thanks to @PS5only. Funnily enough, the source partially responsible for the rumor that Sony was going to announce PS5 pre-orders on July 13 made a recent sardonic comment about the prediction, wondering if Goldman Sachs would also lose credibility if these things didn’t come to pass. Maybe the investment firm meant 2023 was the year for a more likely PlayStation 5 Pro console launch instead.

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My interest in technology began after I was presented with an Atari 800XL home computer in the mid-1980s. I especially enjoy writing about technological advances, compelling rumors, and intriguing tech-related leaks. I have a degree in International Relations and Strategic Studies and count my family, reading, writing, and travel as the main passions of my life. I have been with Notebookcheck since 2012.
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Daniel R Deakin, 2020-07-15 (Update: 2020-09-30)