Published: Thu, April 12, 2018
Tech | By Tabitha Holland

PS5 is "Unlikely to Release in 2019, Let Alone 2018"

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It would be nearly suicidal of Sony to steal the spotlight out of PlayStation 4 right when it's more profitable and some of the best games are just coming out.

Two sources who are familiar with Sony's plans for the PS5 said that it is unlikely to release in 2019, let alone 2018.

Meanwhile, Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter told WCCFTech that there was "very low probability" of the PS5 releasing this year. However, one of these insiders did note that Sony's plans are always subject to change. They mentioned that the release date could be moved to a later date and Sony is apparently just trying to find the right moment to release its new hardware for maximum profit and exposure. As per some online reports, the Japanese technology giant Sony may announce the next generation Playstation 5 this year. Following that trend, and Schreier's investigation, the PlayStation 5 release date will likely be in 2020, at the earliest. As reported by GameSpot, game developers have also not yet received any "devkits" for them to start working on titles for the new gaming console.

Kotaku is reporting that the PlayStation 5 will not be released in 2018 as some rumors have suggested.

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".

"One person who worked in a high role at a major game developer said that their company had received proper PS4 devkits, then code-named Orbis, about a year before the console launched in November 2013".

It's been almost five years since the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One launched.

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. According to the article's sources, the expectation is that the PlayStation 5 will be a full-blown next-generation console in that it will run games that won't work on PlayStation 4, in essence leaving behind the last generation of hardware as it's been traditional in the console market.

However, just because logic dictates that it's possible doesn't mean Sony will make that scenario happen.

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