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. Two people "directly familiar" with Sony's plans told him that there was no chance of the PS5 releasing in 2018.
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.
"On a multi-year project, a lot can happen to shift schedules both forward and backward, said one source".
"At some point, Sony's probably looked at every possible date", said the insider. 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.
Schreier unearthed no evidence that dev kits were already in the hands of developers, although if they are, only a select few people at each studio may know. Another person who worked for a major game studio said they were working with PCs dressed up as development kits around 18-24 months before the PS4 came out.
"There is information about the PlayStation 5 floating around at both first- and third-party companies, but it's far more limited than it would be if the console's release was imminent". The PlayStation 5 release date is unlikely before 2020, so the PS4 owners do not have to worry about upgrading just yet.
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.
One interesting thing Schreier did learn is that most think the PlayStation 5 will run games that won't run on PlayStation 4 - another incremental, backwards compatible upgrade isn't expected. Since we are discussing the PlayStation, let's have a quick glance at pricing details of the now available version of PlayStation which is the PS 4 pro.