One of the biggest rumors concerning the PlayStation 5 is that the next-gen console would release sometime in 2018. However, as the year continues on, this rumor looks less and less likely. While others may be thinking 2019 might be a good year for the console to release, it’s looking more and more like Sony could be targeting a release date in 2020.
Although some may think the current generation of consoles hasn’t been around long enough, it is worth noting that the Xbox One launched eight years after the Xbox 360 and the PS4 seven years after the PS3 – 2020 will be seven years since the launch of the PS4. While this may be mere coincidence, it also seems likelier than a 2018 or 2019 release, according to two unnamed sources who claimed to be familiar with Sony’s plans for the PlayStation 5.
They, of course, were careful with how they addressed Sony’s plans because such a large project is always shifting. One of the sources stated, “On a multi-year project, a lot can happen to shift schedules both forward and backward. At some point, Sony [has] probably looked at every possible date. It’s all about what they think is the best sweet spot in terms of hardware.”
Speaking of hardware, recent details have emerged suggesting the PlayStation 5 could be using AMD’s next-gen Navi GPU and release in 2018. While there wasn’t any confirmation concerning the hardware, another reason this date seems unlikely is that the console would already be in manufacturing (and it’s not.) It would also be a shock to developers making games for the fall because most studios not yet been “briefed on the existence of a PlayStation 5.”
Moreover, recent rumors have also suggested that developers have already received PS5 dev kits. This term can be a bit misleading because it’s possible that these early dev kits are just PC builds with the CPU and GPU of the upcoming console; it doesn’t, as some would think, suggest a sooner release date. Still, many developers were unaware of their existence, meaning that these early dev-kits could be well-hidden and restricted to select individuals if true.
It’s not impossible, though, for developers to receive these early dev kits a year or two before a console’s launch, which lines up with the 2020 release date. While it’s disappointing for gamers who want the next-gen console sooner, it seems that 2020 may be the sweet spot for the PlayStation 5 (with a grain of salt, of course.)