PS5 release update: Shock news as PS4 and Xbox gamers prepare for 2019
PS5 release date news for PS4 gamers (Image: SONY)
The PlayStation 5 release date will prove to be an interesting time for all gamers.
The PS4 and Xbox One remain rivals in all but name, with 2019 likely to see the Sony console pull further ahead in sales.
But next year could also prove to be a turning point when it comes to the next generation of consoles.
The past has seen new gaming machines hit shelves and see abrupt changes in the dominance of one company over the market.
So it’s quite possible it could happen again, the question right now is when will the Xbox Two and PS5 release date fall?
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Many analysts believe that 2020 will be the year the new consoles arrive, while recent rumours suggest announcements will be made in 2019.
Pachter is one industry analyst that backs this outcome and believes that there could be other shock reveals too.
While 2020 would prove the perfect timing for many fans hoping to see a jump in console power, Pachter believes the PS4 could live on.
Looking at how things have been handled in the past, it could be that Sony looks to continue PlayStation 4 production while they launch the PS5.
Discussing the subject of the PS5 release date and what will happen to the PS4 and Xbox One, Pachter told Gamingbolt:
“Microsoft has historically wound down production of its previous console shortly after launching its new one, and Sony has done the opposite, and kept the old one in production for a while, for as many as three years.
“I think Sony has a different view of the world. They think that they can still sell 20-30 million consoles in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and developing parts of Europe.
“So I think they’ll keep the PS4 alive at a $149 price point or something for the next few years.”
“Microsoft tends to think the Xbox Two, or whatever they call it, is gonna be so powerful, they’re want to sell everybody one of those, and no more Xbox Ones.
“So it’ll be interesting to see, but no, I don’t think they’ll be delayed to 2021.
“Microsoft isn’t doing well enough with the Xbox One to put off launching the next one, and if Sony were to make the mistake of waiting till 2021, Microsoft will get an advantage – which is what happened with the Xbox 360.
“They got an advantage by launching first. Sony won’t let them have that advantage this time.”
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There is certainly plenty of exclusive titles that are worth playing on the PS4, and it would be the perfect time to pick up a new console.
Killing off the successful PS4 brand is something that some analysts believe will hold back Sony from launching the PS5 in 2020.
However, if they can keep the PS4 in production and offer some ongoing support, it could be a win-win.
The tech giant is looking to change their PlayStation Plus service in 2019 by dropping PS3 and PS Vita games from the lineup.
And if they do launch the PlayStation 5 in 2020, there will be plenty of room to keep offering PS4 games.
The only thing that could scupper this outlook is if Sony decides to offer Backwards Compatibility with the PS5.
Launching a new system that cannibalises the older one would remove some of the allure of the PlayStation 4 as a going concern.
So a lot will depend on what the tech giant decides to do in 2019.
If rumours prove true and we see new PlayStation events announced during the year, we can hope for some kind of PS5 announcement.
Eyes will be on Microsoft too and if the company will look to drop a surprise announcement on their new console.
Launching a new Xbox Two ahead of their Sony rivals would help them a lot in the early stages of the new console wars.
However, so far both companies are keeping their future plans under wraps, leaving gamers to wonder about what is coming next.