Written by Miriam Kramer, CNN London
The PS5 is the big question on every gadget and technology fan’s lips. Some have even gone so far as to speculate about a launch this year, which in turn prompted a rumour that either the PS5 would be delayed or launched next year. But as of yet, we don’t have official confirmation of a release date or even a release port point.
None the less, there have been many rumors and speculation about the PS5, ranging from its launch date to the rumor mill’s most recent best guess that it will be launched early in 2019.
PlayStation fans in the UK may be a little more likely to receive the upgraded console within the coming weeks. The 11.8 million PS4 consoles Sony has sold worldwide — more than 47 million, or 85% of the global console-gaming market — has come with the real-world advantage of making the PS5 a bit cheaper to manufacture.
Recently, UK consumer electronics retailers GameStop and CEX were the first to announce the PS5 inventory availability dates, which indicated that both would begin stocking the next generation PlayStation consoles very soon.
What to expect from the next-generation console
The PlayStation 4 Elite Bundle. Credit: Sony / PS3 Sticker
However, games retailer GAME also reported that those working with Sony have made it clear that the announcement will not occur during the launch of the new iPhones. In other words, the PS5’s design and branding won’t coincide with the latest Apple handset’s, so it’ll have to get its own launch rally.
Of course, the PS5 is more than just a redesign — it’s Sony’s much-anticipated attempt to maintain its console dominance. The hope, of course, is that it will be one of the best-selling next-generation consoles ever, just as the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 were, so we’ll have to see.