PlayStation 5 likely won't arrive until 2020

Delia Walker
April 12, 2018

We don't have any plans for more Resistance at this time, but we always say: never say never. The PlayStation 3 was available for seven years before being followed up.

Kotaku spoke with two unnamed developers who are familiar with Sony's plans.

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.

Sony would launch the PlayStation 5 in 2020.

Lately, there has been a lot of chatter about the PlayStation 5 release date. In addition, the users can also stream 4K video content from Netflix on the PS4 Pro and PS4 Slim. Some of those insiders - who are not identified by name - state that they have firsthand knowledge of Sony's console plans and don't believe that the PlayStation 5 will be released in 2018 or 2019.

Interestingly, Kotaku also touched the point of the devkits possibly being already in the hands of several major first party developers, explaining that usually, this equipment has multiple iterations and that the first are generally shipped around 12-24 months before the release of the proper console.

Don't worry, the next generation of consoles isn't going to be full of lifeless games that feel like they were created by a computer, but as engines get smarter, they will be able to procedurally generate more content on their own based on predetermined values set by the artists and creators.

A PS5 development kit might be in the wild, however, it could be a "super early" development kit that are "often PCs with the CPU and GPU".

Because of this, the report argues that the PS5 could be released in 2018.

Despite the launch of the PS4 taking place almost five years ago, iterative upgrades such as the PS4 Pro should ensure that this console cycle lasts longer than usual.

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. However, the current state of the console industry - especially as it concerns releases like the PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X - means that you can't really take anything for granted concerning the likely release date of an upcoming console.

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