Published: Thu, April 12, 2018
Tech | By Amelia Peters

Kotaku report: PS5 release unlikely until 2020 at the earliest

Kotaku report: PS5 release unlikely until 2020 at the earliest

However, one of these insiders did note that Sony's plans are always subject to change.

It has been five years since the arrival of the PlayStation 4 in 2013, which was launched seven years after the PlayStation 3 was rolled out in 2006.

Rumours regarding Sony's next console have been swirling for much of this year, but the sources haven't been reputable, and so we've ignored them.

Previous PlayStation 5 rumors have pegged the console's release date to as early as 2019 and as late as 2021, but Sony has so far not revealed any official information regarding the next PlayStation console.

What's even more telling is the fact that many people in the industry aren't talking about the PlayStation 5 at all or are otherwise seemingly unaware of it.

Regardless, both PlayStation 5 and the next Xbox are probably eighteen to thirty months away or so, which means we'll have plenty of time to go over these options in depth. Another close source to Sony also noted that if the PS5 was due out this year, it would already be in mass production, which would come as a shock to those now working on the PS4's roster for 2018.

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After the recent SemiAccurate report, Kotaku has investigated the possibility that a PlayStation 5 could be coming in 2018 or 2019, ruling it out based on the different sources it was able to communicate with during and after the GDC. Following that trend, and Schreier's investigation, the PlayStation 5 release date will likely be in 2020, at the earliest. According to a report from Kotaku, the new console apparently already exists, but Sony has yet to determine when it will be releasing it to the public.

To recall, Sony's PlayStation is one of the best gaming consoles in the global market right now and it has fierce competition with Microsoft's Xbox and the Nintendo Switch.

The PlayStation 4 Pro came out in November 2016, and Xbox One X released in November past year.

Also in the report is word that the PS5 will play games that do not run on PS4, so this sounds like it could be a big step up. The original report does not mention backward compatibility between PS4 and PS5.

If Sony has any hardware announcements to make or to tease, that could happen during E3 2018 in June.

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