In spite of the PlayStation 5 barely shedding its two-year-old skin, fans of the brand have already begun to speculate on the release date surrounding the sixth generation of the beloved hardware. And, if what some people are saying is true, then Sony could very well launch the PlayStation 6 by 2028.
Of course, we're still a few years away from catching a glimpse of the next console, and even further away from seeing the games that it'll host and the accessories it'll fashion. But even still, given its history, it seems that a 2028—maybe even a 2027 release—could, in fact, be in the cards after all.
So, why do we have reason to believe that the PS6 will launch by 2028? Well, there are actually two reasons, both of which seen to have some level of plausibility to them. For starters, there's the typical six-to-seven-year cycle that Sony tends to adhere to as if its world depends on it; the first instance here being the PlayStation One back in 1994. Since then, Sony has released a new console every seven years, with the PS2 launching in 2000, the PS3 in 2006, the PS4 in 2013, and then the PS5 in 2020. And so, if we're to go by this, then technically, the PS6 should be coming anywhere between 2026 and 2028, though the latter seems more likely, given the complexities of modern technology.
And Then There's Call of Duty…
Then there's the second point: Microsoft's acquisition of Activision-Blizzard, a deal which would essentially hand Xbox the keys to Call of Duty, one of the biggest action IPs of all time. When this was first announced, Microsoft made it clear that the franchise wouldn't be abandoning ship and setting up shop on Xbox consoles as a one-and-done deal. To reinforce this, PlayStation chirped in, asking that the series remain on PlayStation until 2027, if only to assure the PS6 launches with a level playing field.
At this point, it seems all fingers point towards a 2027, maybe even a 2028 release window. And if we're also going by the month which Sony typically uses for its console launches, then it'll likely be November of either of the two years. But then, we can neither confirm nor deny any of this until Sony paints a much wider portrait and adds a few splashes of color in the years to come.
So, what's your take? Do you think we'll be seeing the PlayStation 6 by 2028? Let us know over on our socials here or down in the comments below.