Sony isn’t expected to make a big PlayStation announcement in 2018 regarding their next hardware line.
In fact, PS5 release date news might not even drop in 2019, depending on what Microsoft has planned.
The latest estimates predict 2020 as the most likely time for PlayStation to replace the successful PS4 and PS4 Pro console range with something new.
This is based on how Sony has been talking about their upcoming projects and plans they have for the current-gen.
Microsoft could have a massive impact if they decided to do things differently to their rivals.
Remaining flexible on release dates could help the Xbox Two – or Project Scarlett – do well against the PS5.
An earlier than expected launch date comes with its own risks, and also some massive rewards.
Managing to beat the PS5 onto the market could pay dividends, although it’s unlikely that Sony would remain stationary.
A race between the two console makers wouldn’t be that surprising as having the first device on the market is known to bring huge benefits.
It will also matter just what new features both company’s want to include in their new console.
The Nintendo Switch was able to enter the market with a bang due to its unique design and playstyle.
But if both the PS5 and Xbox Two are going to offer similar features, being the first available on the market could prove key.
According to a spokesperson from Divinity Original Sin 2 developer Larian, the next-generation of consoles would hugely benefit from physics-based events.
Asked what developers want from the next-generation of consoles, a Larian spokesperson said: “More power for physics-based events, so you can rely less on scripting and animating everything and more on the hardware taking care of this dynamically.
“For example, why can’t I pick up a bottle and use it as a weapon, and if it smashes for whatever reason (it collides with something), continue using it as a weapon in whatever state it’s in?
“This kind of thing isn’t really currently possible, but soon it will be.
“I’m looking richer sandbox experiences where you can truly walk into a situation and do anything you want.
“Right now we’re limited by choice being mandated by scripted possibilities. Physics has the potential to unlock more.”
As fans continue to speculate over the PS5, one primary developer may have revealed the release date window for the successor to the PS4
Infinity Ward has posted a new job listing which looks to be for a position working on Call of Duty 2019.
Recent COD reports suggest next year’s Call of Duty will have a campaign mode.
This will mark a return for single-player mode as Black Ops 4 (which is coming out later this year) will have a focus on online multiplayer.
But the job listing reveals that the unannounced title will be for “multiple next-gen platforms”.
This suggests the 2019 Call of Duty is planned to be released on the PS5 and the next Xbox, which has been codenamed, Scarlett.
Call of Duty games typically releases around October or November each year