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When is the PS5 released?
When is the PS5 released?

Many gamers are wondering when the PS5 is released, as Sony's next console promises a major generational leap. Although there is still no official release date for PlayStation 5, the hints and advances of the brand allow us to make a fairly accurate calculation.

On the one hand, we know that PS5 will be released after April 2020, and this is officially confirmed. During an investor conference held in April 2019, Sony commented that its next console would not be out for the next 12 months.

In addition, AMD has announced that PlayStation 5 will carry a Zen 2 processor and a Radeon DNA graphics card, architectures that are too recent to be incorporated into a console, since component costs are always key in its design. Knowing when PS5 isn't released (before April 2010), we can calculate when it's likely to be ready.

Presentation in June and launch at Christmas?

When is the PS5 released?
When is the PS5 released?

Sony is free to introduce PS5 to the world at any time, but E3, held every year in Los Angeles, It is a common scenario for big launches. In 2019 the Japanese company did not attend, but it could return in 2020 to announce PlayStation 5 for everything big.

E3 is held from June 9 to 11 in 2020, so Sunday the 7th or Monday the 8th would be a good time to reveal all the details: design, price, launch games… although it is likely that in previous months information will be advanced to generate expectation.

Regarding the exact release date, if we had to bet on when PS5 launches, we'd definitely say in themonths leading up to Christmas 2020 Consoles usually come out around this shopping season, and are almost always one of the star gifts.

To support that PS5 launches at Christmas, it is worth reviewing the dates of its predecessors:

  1. PS4 was released in November 2013 in the US and Europe (February 2014 in Japan).
  2. PS3 was released in November 2006 in the US and Japan (March 2007 in Europe).
  3. PS2 was released in March 2000 in Japan (October in the US and November in Europe)
  4. PS1 was released in December 1994 in Japan (September 1995 in Europe and the US).

In addition, over the generations the initial launch has shifted from being in Japan to prioritizing the United States and Europe. It is possible that this pattern is repeated with PlayStation 5, while the different Latin American countries would receive it in stages over the following months.

SSD storage, backward compatibility and with 3D audio

Having estimated when PS5 will launch, one wonders about its technical characteristics Mark Cerny, the chief architect of the console, has already advanced some of the PlayStation 5 specifications, such as that it will include an SSD storage disk to speed up loads, while maintaining the physical disk drive.

In addition, PS5 will support advanced 3D sound and will be backwards compatible with PS4 gamesThe console will support a graphic technique as advanced as ray tracing and even 8K resolution. However, it's unclear to what extent games will take advantage of these power-hungry capabilities.

Also virtual reality will remain on PS5, but using the current PlayStation VR headset. Sony does not want to require a higher initial outlay from fans and, although it has confirmed that it is working on a new virtual reality headset, it has not indicated when it will be launched, beyond pointing out that it will be later.

Based on all this data, it seems clear when the new PS5 will launch: it will be in the last quarter of 2020, barring any surprises, and it will surely coincide with the premiere of the new Xbox and with the xCloud streaming platform, apart from Google Stadia, which will be positioned as a rival in the world of video games after a year open to the public.

When do you think we will see the new game console officially? Do you think PS5 launches in late 2020, or could it come sooner?

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