Sony previously confirmed that the PlayStation 5 would not be coming in 2019, and while we still don’t have an exact window for when it’ll arrive, we can apparently rule out at least the next 12 months.
This is according to The Wall Street Journal reporter Takashi Mochizuki, who shared the news on Twitter today. Mochizuki heard from a Sony earnings call that we won’t see a new console launch in the financial year of 2019, meaning May 2020 is the absolute earliest we could expect to see it, and even that’s probably a little too soon.
-No next-gen PlayStation launch over next 12 months
-PS Now has been ave. 40% annual growth since launch, now 700,000 users
-Much of Y31.1 billion (difference between past fy op vs this fy op outlook) to be invested to develop next PlayStation console
— Takashi Mochizuki (@mochi_wsj) April 26, 2019
By all accounts, it seems as if we won’t be seeing the PlayStation 5 until the back end of 2020. Next-gen consoles are typically released in the third or fourth quarter of the financial year, closer to Christmas than Spring, so an October/November launch in 2020 is the most likely outcome at this point.
If Sony isn’t intending to use the E3 period this year to show off its new console, a holiday 2020 release also suggests E3 2020 could be the perfect time for Sony to throw a massive PS5 extravaganza.
Mochizuki also confirmed that Sony is putting an awful lot of money into developing the PlayStation 5, revealing that the majority of 31.1 billion Japanese Yen (£215, 771, 880) is going towards working on the console.
That certainly tallies with what we’ve heard about the PS5 so far. PlayStation architect Mike Cerny revealed in an interview with Wired that the next console will boast a number of powerful and substantial upgrades, including 4K, ray tracing, and solid-state drive. Clearly Sony is looking to go big with the future of PlayStation.
It was recently rumoured that Sony shared the PS5 specs with Wired in an attempt to get ahead of any leaks as it sends out kits to developers in the coming months, which also suggests that the company has no intention of an official reveal any time soon and wishes to continue playing its cards close to its chest.
Still, in the interests of getting excited for the future of PlayStation, why not check out our wishlist of perfect PlayStation 5 launch titles?
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Ewan Moore is a journalist at UNILAD Gaming who still quite hasn’t gotten out of his mid 00’s emo phase. After graduating from the University of Portsmouth in 2015 with a BA in Journalism & Media Studies (thanks for asking), he went on to do some freelance words for various places, including Kotaku, Den of Geek, and TheSixthAxis, before landing a full time gig at UNILAD in 2016.