It’s been nearly five years since the PlayStation 4 launched, and some fans have been wondering whether that means it’s nearly time for the PlayStation 5 to make an appearance. Rumors have been flying around the internet, but—as Kotaku now reports—Sony’s next big console is likely at least two years away.
Rumors started swirling when a website called Semiaccurate reported that a number of PlayStation 5 development kits had gone out to developers. While the article appeared behind a steep paywall-$1000 for a year—fans on ResetEra pulled out some of the details, including the possibility of a PlayStation 5 console appearing for purchase before the end of the year. However, according to contacts of Kotaku’s, this report is far from accurate.
“Most of the developers I spoke to, via phone and email and text, said they had not heard anything about plans for a new PlayStation,” Kotaku‘s Jason Schreier reports. “Even employees at Sony’s first-party studios said they have not yet been briefed on the existence of a PlayStation 5. People across all the disciplines (design, art, engineering, etc.) at major studios working on games scheduled for 2019 and beyond have told me that if there is information about the PS5 at their companies, they haven’t heard about it.”
Schreier added that it’s possible some dev kits had gone out to companies, but if so, these kits were more likely to resemble PCs with a rough approximation of the console’s CPU and GPU. In other words, whatever is currently out there (if there is anything) will likely have very little resemblance to the final product.
While past console cycles tended to last five or six years, this current cycle is looking to break the pattern. Both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One received mid-cycle improved versions in the form of the PlayStation 4 Pro, Xbox One S, and Xbox One X, which allowed for console hardware to be improved while still maintaining backwards compatibility. There’s also been a wider push to keep games backward compatible, with Sony offering PS2 Classic games on the PlayStation Store and Microsoft launching a wide-reaching backward compatibility program.
Thanks to these changes, the PlayStation 5—if it ends up being called that, and isn’t simply another PlayStation 4 Pro-style upgrade—still seems to be a few years off. Schreier’s sources hinted that we likely won’t see a new console until 2020 at the earliest, and even then, plans are still up in the air.
We’ll continue to keep an eye out for any developments on the PlayStation 5.