It isn't likely that a new PlayStation console is going to be arriving any time soon, as it's been suggested that the PlayStation 5 will not see release until at least 2020. Sony has once again become the dominant force in the video game console industry this generation, with the PlayStation 4 leading the charge to make this the fastest selling console generation in gaming history. As such, many were left wondering exactly when the tech giant would look to move things forward.
In response to this, a number of rumors began to fly regarding a proposed PlayStation 5. Last year, analysts predicted that Sony would launch a backward compatible PS5 in 2019, but this year a potential new PlayStation took an even more solid form in the eyes of many gamers. A supposed leak let slip both the rumored specs and release date of the PS5, with the console allegedly meant to arrive in 2018 or 2019.
However, those excited about an imminent new console release may need to settle down, as it's looking more likely that the next PlayStation is some ways off yet. As reported by Kotaku, the facts around a 2018 or 2019 release for the PS5 don't quite add up, and instead it's far more likely that the console will launch after that point. So, PlayStation fans may be waiting until 2020 at the earliest to see a brand new console from Sony.
This primarily comes down to the lack of knowledge around the new console that can be seen from developers themselves. According to the report, those familiar with Sony's plans have put a 2019 release as extremely unlikely, barring some kind of massive change in competitor activity, while even first-party Sony studios have not been briefed on an upcoming new console release. Given that these developers would require access to close-to-release developer kits by now to start making games for the console, it does seem that either Sony is keeping things close to its chest or the rumors may be way off. Instead, whispers among devs themselves suggest a 2020 launch is far more likely.
It's perhaps not surprising that Sony isn't looking to launch a PS5 immediately. After all, there was a seven year gap between the PS3 and the PS4, and although the industry has moved on since then the relatively recent launch of the beefed up PS4 Pro meant that a new console outright was always unlikely for this year. Given that the PS4 in its various forms is still selling well, Sony cutting into its profits to launch a brand new console doesn't seem like a strong game plan, particularly given the cost of developing the PS4 Pro in the first place.
Of course, anything can happen in gaming, and a major change in strategy from Microsoft in particular could force Sony's hand on the matter. However, with the Xbox One X only launching last year, it would again be strange to see the company abandon such an expensive investment so soon. Instead, expect Sony to focus on hitting that new sales milestone with the help of releases such as Spider-Man.