PlayStation 5 would be released no sooner than 2020

Saul Franklin
April 12, 2018

PlayStation 5 games will reportedly not be playable on older systems, which could indicate that it will be featuring a massive hardware upgrade. 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.

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. Of course, these plans could always change.

"At some point, Sony's probably looked at every possible date", said the insider. "It's all about what they think is the best sweet spot in terms of hardware".

The report comes in the wake of recently surfaced rumors that claimed Sony might release the PS5 this year. This could be true, but it's also worth noting that a majority of the developers Kotaku spoke to had no knowledge of such a devkit existing. If the next PlayStation was set to be released sometime in the next couple of years then there would likely be a lot more talk about it amongst developers and other industry figures.

A 2020 release matches secondhand rumors Schreier heard at the Game Developers Conference this year. Instead of hand placing each object or texture, the engine will be able to smartly generate that content on its own.

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Another rumour making the rounds is that a large number of dev kits had already been distributed to studios.

"Super early devkits are often PCs with the CPU and GPU", said one of Schreier's sources, who said that while early PlayStation 5 development kits may be in the wild, it does not necessarily mean that the console is launching soon. As it stands, the earliest release date for the PlayStation 5 at this moment seems to be sometime in the year 2020.

That's unclear. Like Microsoft with the Xbox One X, the PS4 Pro is the first time Sony has taken a half step with its console.

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

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