The PS5 release date will prove big news when announced by Sony
New consoles that will replace the current batch are expected to be revealed, however, fans are still waiting to hear more about the Xbox Two and PS5 release date.
What Sony PlayStation do next will be one of the most closely watched developments, having dominated the current console generation with the PS4 and PS4 Pro.
A recent shock report suggested that the tech giant could be ready to replace the PlayStation 4 line of consoles as early as 2019.
This would certainly prove interesting for fans, especially when you consider the impact a move like that could have on the Xbox One X, Nintendo Switch and PS4.
It would likely mean that Microsoft and Nintendo would have to change their plans swiftly, with niether expected to announce anything in 2018, console wise.
However, since this shock report, another has emerged that provides a picture more in line with what analysts believe will happen.
According to Kotaku, the PS5 release date is more likely to arrive in 2020.
This is based on dialogue with a range of people connected to the gaming industry, who have provided a clearer picture.
The report indicates that it’s very unlikely will see anything arrive in 2018, with those in the industry not expecting a PS5 launch in 2019 either.
The PS4 and PS4 Pro continue to dominate the overall sales figures for this generation
However, Kotaku also note that the people they talked to provided these predictions with a disclaimer – things can change quickly.
One person told Kotaku: “At some point, Sony’s probably looked at every possible date. It’s all about what they think is the best sweet spot in terms of hardware.”
This would include someone like Microsoft deciding to move early on a new console, which would then mean Sony having to change their plans.
“Most of the developers I spoke to, via phone and email and text, said they had not heard anything about plans for a new PlayStation,” Kotaku’s Jason Schreier adds.“Even employees at Sony’s first-party studios said they have not yet been briefed on the existence of a PlayStation 5. People across all the disciplines (design, art, engineering, etc.) at major studios working on games scheduled for 2019 and beyond have told me that if there is information about the PS5 at their companies, they haven’t heard about it. (Those people said they haven’t heard about a new Xbox, either.)”
So while there is information around regarding what Sony plan to do next, there probably isn’t enough concrete facts to suggest something is about to be announced.
A report on SemiAccurate suggested that PlayStation 5 dev kits are already in the hands of developers.
In terms of specs, the PS4 successor is said to use AMD’s custom Zen processor, as well as AMD’s next-generation Navi GPU.
Even more surprising is that according to the leak, the PS5 could have a 2018 release date.
Other rumours suggested it will feature improved virtual reality technology that will be built in to the console itself.
And while there are now two reports offering different outcomes, there are a few things to consider.
The same source predicting an early PS5 release date successfully predicted the Nintendo and NVIDIA partnership for the Switch.
Likewise, the source also had the inside scoop on the PlayStation 4 specs.
So it’s fair to say the next 12 months could be very interesting for PS5 gamers, as well as those on Xbox One X and Nintendo Switch.
Even if we don’t see a surprise announcement made about the PS5 in 2018, there’s the chance that something could be revealed in mid-to-late 2019 instead.
Most console launches require a good many months of build up before the final product is released, so an announcement in late 2019 could be followed by release in early 2020.
And it’s fair to say that consoles don’t always need to be released at traditional times around the holiday period.
The Nintendo Switch arrived in March 2017, and managed to rack up some great sales numbers.