Sony already has a rough idea of when the PlayStation 6 will be released. This emerges from documents from the ongoing investigation into Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard. At the same time, Microsoft seems to be sticking to a similar schedule with the next Xbox console.
When can we expect the PS6?
PlayStation consoles typically last around six or seven years before being replaced by the next. Given that Sony launched the PS5 in November 2020, this general, admittedly unreliable, rule would suggest a new PlayStation launching around 2027.
Court documents from the UK’s CMA, which is investigating Microsoft’s purchase of Activision Blizzard, show that the PS6 will likely not be released until after 2027. The document states that Microsoft has offered to keep Activision games on the PlayStation until 2027 if the acquisition of the Call-of-Duty publisher goes through.
Sony then argued that the PS6 would have to come without Call of Duty and other popular Activision Blizzard games. When exactly the PS6 will appear is blacked out in writing, but it can be assumed that the launch date is planned after 2027.
“By the time SIE launches the next generation of its PlayStation console (which is likely to be around the [geschwärzt] happens), SIE would have lost access to Call of Duty and other Activision titles, making it extremely vulnerable to customer switching and subsequent deterioration in its competitiveness.”
New Xbox console in 2028 at the earliest
At the same time, Microsoft confirmed its own plans for a new Xbox console. In its own report, Microsoft agreed with Sony’s timeframe: “The next new generation of consoles will not be launched until autumn 2028 at the earliest,” the company writes.
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So why the new deal?
Microsoft recently made an offer to Sony saying they would keep Call of Duty on the PlayStation for ten years. It’s possible that the above court documents refer to a separate deal that was previously offered. Microsoft has not yet been able to reach an agreement with Sony.