Along with the Nintendo Switch, the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S are consoles from the ninth generation. Even though both platforms were only released two years ago, it appears that the next generation of consoles is already in the works. Sony and Microsoft have announced a new release window for the PlayStation 6 and the next-generation Xbox console.
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There is no official announcement from either firm that these consoles are even in development, and the delivery window is simply provisional. However, it provides us with a general notion of when firms expect to release future consoles.
Microsoft included Sony in their statement when filing the documents for the Xbox-Activision merger, but a comment from Sony wasn’t included. Microsoft stated that they expect gamers to reconsider their console ownership when the next generation of consoles is released in their most recent response document (under section 3.80). The paragraph goes on to say that this reevaluation of console ownership is probably only necessary every eight years.
Microsoft also notes that Sony would have six years to develop a reaction in time for the next generation of consoles if they were concerned about the Xbox Activision Blizzard merger go forward. Given that the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S were initially announced in 2020, according to the projected release dates, a new console may be produced by both companies around 2028.
The Covid pandemic supply chain problem has impacted both Microsoft and Sony’s future plans, and the year 2028 is not a certain release window. Due to the necessity for players to spend more time with the current ninth generation of consoles, this eight-year prediction may be postponed. Additionally, organisations like Nintendo appear to be exempt from this possible deadline.
In contrast, if you were anticipating a PlayStation 6 or the next Xbox in the far future, you might want to wait until 2026 or 2028. Depending on how well the Xbox Activision Blizzard merger goes, that could be the year that a new system is released.