PlayStation 5: 8 Rumours & Details You Need To Know

8. We Could Be Waiting Until 2021


Microsoft officially initiated the race to next-gen at E3 this year, confirming that work on the Xbox One's successor is already well underway, but what about its competitor? Sony executives have opted not to follow Xbox boss Phil Spencer in speaking candidly about the next generation of consoles, making nailing down a specific year for the PlayStation 5's launch much more difficult.

Not helping matters are conflicting reports that do nothing to narrow the gap further than at some point between 2019 and 2021. Veteran industry analyst Michael Pachter has hedged his bets on Sony launching the PS5 at the tail end of 2020, capping the generational gap at six years, but widely circulated comments made by Sony's John Kodera paint a different picture.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Kodera told reporters "We will use the next three years to prepare the next step," in reference to what comes next after the PS4, seemingly sullying any chance of a release before 2021.

If Microsoft truly intends to release the Xbox Two in 2020, that leaves Sony peddling inferior hardware for an entire year yet again, and we all know how well the PS3 performed now, don't we?

Let's hope history doesn't repeat itself.


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