When is PS5 coming out? Not anytime soon according to Sony, who aren’t in a rush to end the current console generation.
After a slew of console announcements during the last few weeks, Sony has broken the trend by confirming that they won’t be releasing a new console anytime soon.
A 2018 release date for the PS5 was tipped by market analyst Damian Thong who correctly predicted the launch of the PS4 Slim and PS4 Pro. But now Sony‘s Shawn Layden has spoken about plans for any possible follow-up to the PS4.
In an interview with German site Golem.de, Sony CEO Shawn Layden said that it would “probably be some time” before the PS5 was announced, let alone released. Of course, that doesn’t mean the console doesn’t exist or that plans for it aren’t underway, but the eventual successor to the PS4 was never in itself going to be a surprise.
The interview did however reveal more information about Sony‘s plans for the PS4 Pro, with Layden speaking in response to rumours that the company would be developing games that would only run on the PS4 Pro:
“That will never happen! “The Pro is really only to offer advantages such as 4K resolutions and VR for players who can and want to use that. Add to this a more stable image rate and larger hard disk space. But the PS4 no real disadvantages. Each of our games will continue to run on the classic PS4 and possibly slightly better on the Pro.”
Layden‘s comments echo what Sony have said about the PS4 Pro since it was first announced.
Considering the PS3 and Xbox 360 lasted seven years, the PS4 and Xbox One are still in relative infancy – although that was a fairly unique generation of consoles in terms of their shelf-life.
The other factor Sony are no doubt paying close attention to is the imminent arrival of Microsoft‘s Xbox One X. With 40% more power than the PS4 Pro, that could seriously impact the specs that Sony will consider for the PS5.
So, when is PS5 coming out? Not anytime soon, it seems.