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Sony PlayStation 5 unlikely to launch before 2020

Sony has given out no hints about an impending launch this year or the next, making it unlikely to happen.

  • Published: April 11, 2018 3:08 PM IST
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Sony PlayStation fans may have been rather rather eager for the advent of the next console, but it now appears that the Japanese company has no plans to introduce the console before 2020.

Sony’s PlayStation 4 which launched 5 years ago alongside the Xbox One quickly became the most sold gaming console ever. This induces curiosity over when the next gen consoles may be hitting the markets. But it seems Sony plans on taking it slow.

Several rumors have come about the next console as well, one of which said that a backward compatible PlayStation 5 console will be launching in 2019. That was followed by a potential leak of the specs of the PlayStation 5 which reportedly said that the console would launch in 2018 or 2019.

But Jason Schreier from Kotaku has put together all the available information and come to the conclusion that the PlayStation 5 is probably not coming sooner than 2020. He has deduced that even though Sony has said nothing about the console, developers usually have some idea about imminent launches. But this time around even they hardly have any clue about what is up with the next generation console.

Those developers that have formed the tier 1 of the circle and even Sony’s own studios have the impression that a 2019 release is out of the question, unless Sony is making some drastic roster changes. The devs are the first to find out any such news because they need to start making games for the console. And they themselves believe that a 2020 release seems most realistic.

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If we take a look at how Sony has done things in the past, we see that there was a gap of 7 years between the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. And Sony has just recently launched the PlayStation 4 Pro which is a ramped-up version to better handle the games available. It would only make sense to launch the next one after a while.

So it is safe to assume that Sony will be following this timeline unless its conpetitor Microsoft decides to jump the gun and do something drastic before 2020.

  • Published Date: April 11, 2018 3:08 PM IST