Reports have been circulating online about a near future release of the PlayStation 5 console in 2018, but it seems this ain’t going to happen soon as some expected.
A lot of chatter online has been going around citing a possible release of the PlayStation 5 which caused some panic and excitement at the same time for many gaming fans across the world. However, this may not be true at all as there are slim chances this is going to happen this year.
It has been five years since the release of the current generation consoles that is the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, which have undergone a few upgrades here and there in the last few years.
When one looks at the life cycle of console systems in the past few years, technology has taken a huge leap which has made it possible for developers to speed up console development compared to the early 1990’s and 2000’s. So, it should not surprise anyone when rumors about the PS 5 start flying around.
The PS4, which is the eighth-generation console developed by Sony was announced as the successor to the PlayStation 3 in 2013. The PS3 had lasted for seven years and had replaced Sony’s best seller, the PlayStation 2 in 2006.
Console generations have changed drastically and quickly in the last 8-10 years which is reasonable for anyone to be thinking about what’s next for Sony. However, based on various reports the PlayStation 5 is nowhere close to 2019 though some claim it could be teased in 2020.
According to Kotaku, 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.
There is also the complication of the existing upgraded console versions of the Xbox One X and PlayStation 4 Pro respectively which have their own dedicated development kits still in play.
What does this mean?
Ever since Sony and Microsoft decided to switch up their game and do upgraded versions of their console systems, that move alone totally changed the perspective we had about the console life cycles.
Both companies have taken a different approach which suggests that we are still a long way from getting new console releases. The PlayStation 4 Pro came out in November 2016 while the Xbox One X in November 2017.
At the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco last month, PS 5 rumors surfaced that suggested a 2020 release which haven’t been confirmed yet. Sony hasn’t responded to any of these reports yet.
Allan Bangirana is a freelance writer for Newslibre and Spur Magazine. He is also the co-founder of the Innovware project.
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