With the PlayStation 4 turning five years old in 2019, many fans are looking to the future of the PlayStation brand. So far, there have been plenty of rumors and speculation about what exactly the future of PlayStation will entail, with the latest being that the PlayStation 5 will launch at some point in 2019.
The basis for this theory is pretty thin, but that hasn't stopped it from gaining traction online. Basically, Sony released a new holiday theme for the PS4 that says "HAPPY HOLIDAYS PLAYSTATION." Some fans have noticed that the "S" in "Holidays" looks as the letter should, whereas the "S" in PlayStation is stylized as the number 5. The most likely scenario is that this is a nod to the fact that 2018 marks the PS4's five year anniversary, but that hasn't stopped some fans from thinking it's a hint for a 2019 launch for the PS5.
While there is precedence of console makers rushing to get ahead of the competition, as we saw with both the Sega Dreamcast and the Xbox 360, Sony doesn't really have a reason to hurry to market. After all, the PS4 is one of the most successful video game consoles of all time, and it still has some really big exclusive games on the horizon, including the likes of Death Stranding from Hideo Kojima and The Last of Us: Part 2.
Plus, there's more believable evidence that the PS5 will launch in 2020 instead, with an announcement in 2019. We already know that Sony is skipping E3 2019, but rumors have pointed to the company using PSX 2019 in December of next year as a showcase event for its new hardware.
This information comes from the same Reddit user who correctly leaked that Sony would be skipping E3 2019 before the company itself announced its plans to do so, which lends a bit more credibility to the rumors. Apparently the plan is for Sony to announce the PlayStation 5 in mid-2019, showcase all the new console has to offer at PSX in December, and then launch the console at some point in 2020.
Of course, it's possible that all of this information is off. But until Sony decides to release some official details on the PS5, all fans can do is take the rumors with a grain of salt and speculate on what's next for the PlayStation brand.