PS5 ru­mours fly but Sony’s just not bit­ing

Western Times - - LIFE | GADGETS/GAMES - — Sean Keach, The Sun

SONY hasn’t con­firmed the PS5 ex­ists yet (un­for­tu­nately) but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any PlayS­ta­tion 5 ru­mours to chew on.

This is the big ques­tion – when can you ac­tu­ally buy a PlayS­ta­tion 5?

Sony is play­ing its cards close to its chest, so we won’t have strict con­fir­ma­tion for a while yet. But we can take a guess based on his­tory.

The orig­i­nal PlayS­ta­tion launched in Europe in 1995, fol­lowed by the PlayS­ta­tion 2 in 2000.

The PlayS­ta­tion 3 ar­rived more than half a decade later, in 2006. Then gamers had to wait a fur­ther seven years for 2013’s PS4 launch.

That means there’s an av­er­age of six years be­tween each next-gen­er­a­tion PlayS­ta­tion model – which sug­gests a 2019 launch for the PS5.

But 2016’s PlayS­ta­tion 4 Pro threw a span­ner in the works. The mid-gen­er­a­tion con­sole of­fered con­sumers a graph­i­cal up­grade with­out launch­ing a brand-new gen­er­a­tion of con­soles.

Mi­crosoft has adopted a sim­i­lar strat­egy with its re­cent Xbox One S and Xbox One X launches, which of­fer mi­nor graph­i­cal boosts over the orig­i­nal Xbox One.

It’s pos­si­ble this means we may have to wait even longer for a PlayS­ta­tion 5 as a re­sult.

How­ever many spec­ta­tors note the Xbox One X is more pow­er­ful than the PS4 Pro, which could prompt Sony to bring its next con­sole’s launch for­ward.

If a launch was to hap­pen this year, the most likely oc­ca­sion would be at the huge E3 games con­ven­tion in Los An­ge­les this June.

Sadly, noth­ing is con­firmed yet.

PHOTO: EPA/SONY

NEXT GEN: The PlayS­ta­tion PS4 is pic­tured above. Ru­mours are fly­ing about the pos­si­ble up­com­ing PlayS­ta­tion 5.

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