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Sony won't launch next-gen PlayStation over the next 12 months

Published: 10:16, 26 April 2019
Updated: 10:19, 26 April 2019
PlayStation 4 with a DualShock 4 on top.
PlayStation 4

According to The Wall Street Journal reporter Takashi Mochizuki, Sony will not release its next-generation PlayStation console over the next 12 months, which could mean that the release date is scheduled for sometime after April 2020.

Sony's next-generation console PlayStation 5 or whatever they decide to call it has been subject of many speculations and rumours in the last few months. We also got an official confirmation for some of these rumours - AMD's 7nm CPU and GPU will power the next PlayStation along with super fast SSD.

Rumours and some solid sources also suggested that the next-gen console will not release before 2020, and according to the latest info from Sony, that is indeed the truth. The Wall Street Journal tech reporter Takashi Mochizuki revealed the latest information that Sony apparently shared with him.

They confirmed that there are no plans to release the new console over the next 12 months, meaning that the scheduled launch date is probably set for sometime after April 2020.

"Answer from SIE: the possibility that the next generation of PlayStation will be out by April 2020 is now 0," Mochizuki wrote in his tweet.

Some may find it a bit odd that Sony would skip such an important launch in the current fiscal year, but who knows, maybe the Japanese tech giant want to start the next one as strong as possible.

Mochizuki also tweeted that Sony plan to invest over 31.1 billion yen into the development of the next PlayStation console. He also mentioned that PS Now has seen average annual growth of 40 per cent since its launch and that more than 700k users have subscribed to the service.

All in all, the latest info from Mochizuki only confirms some of the earlier reports that also stated that Sony won't release the new console in 2019, and that 2020 is more realistic release window.

Sony Picture of a PlayStation 4 sitting on a table or something PlayStation 4

Hopefully, the work on some of the much-anticipated exclusives such as Death Stranding, The Last of Us 2 and Ghost of Tsushima gets wrapped up by then so we can get some of these games on launch.

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