The Wall Street Journal‘s financial report on Sony goes over the details of the struggle, but one note in the report sticks out:

Macquarie Capital Securities analyst Damian Thong said he expected Sony to release its next-generation PlayStation by the second half of 2018. The company has yet to disclose its plans.

WSJ‘s Takshi Mochizuki noted on Twitter that Thong correctly predicted the PlayStation 4 Pro and Slim models, which should lend some credibility to the prediction.

Could Sony really be prepping a new console?

Even without any insider knowledge, I can say with certainty that Sony is working on a new console, because these things take years to develop. But will we see it on shelves in 2018? I seriously doubt it. While announcing a new console could potentially be a way for Sony to disrupt the momentum Microsoft is building with Project Scorpio, the PlayStation 4 Pro is barely six months old right now and its official announcement isn’t even a year old. While consoles are moving toward a mobile phone-like model for updating and compatibility, fans would balk at a new console so soon.

It’s possible Sony could announce the new console in 2018, the way Microsoft did with Scorpio this year, but it seems highly unlikely that we’ll see new hardware from the company so soon.

With PlayStation being a major contributor to Sony’s current success, it’s easy to heap a lot of hopes on that part of the business, but prodding at gamers’ wallets so often is as likely to do harm as it is to help.

What do you think? Could we see a new console from Sony in 2018? Jump in the comments and let us know.