There's bad news about PlayStation 5 launch

There's bad news about PlayStation 5 launch

This may be very good news for new console players, but it might a deal breaker for some PlayStation 4 owners who just wants to upgrade their systems while still being able to play their favorite PlayStation 4 titles. Some of those insiders - who are not identified by name - state that they have firsthand knowledge of Sony's console plans and don't believe that the PlayStation 5 will be released in 2018 or 2019.

Lately, there has been a lot of chatter about the PlayStation 5 release date. The original report does not mention backward compatibility between PS4 and PS5. In the midst of GDC last month, Kotaku caught up with "dozens of game developers" across multiple studios and asked about the PS5. Two people "directly familiar" with Sony's plans told him that there was no chance of the PS5 releasing in 2018. The company's plans always change from time to time as Sony depends on the public's demand. Despite the launch of the PS4 taking place almost five years ago, iterative upgrades such as the PS4 Pro should ensure that this console cycle lasts longer than usual. "It's all about what they think is the best sweet spot in terms of hardware".

This follows an article on SemiAccurate which claims that Sony has already sent out PlayStation 5 development kits to third party game developers. Schreier heard rumors at the Game Developers Conference that Sony was targeting a 2020 PlayStation 5 release date.

Another rumour making the rounds is that a large number of dev kits had already been distributed to studios.

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But Jason Schreier from Kotaku has put together all the available information and come to the conclusion that the PlayStation 5 is probably not coming sooner than 2020. The PlayStation 5 release date is unlikely before 2020, so the PS4 owners do not have to worry about upgrading just yet.

A PS5 development kit might be in the wild, however, it could be a "super early" development kit that are "often PCs with the CPU and GPU".

Kotaku's report added that the majority of developers they spoke to, including those at Sony's internal studios, had no knowledge at all of a new PlayStation console.

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