Rumor: PS5 dev kits sent to third-party developers earlier this year

With the PlayStation 4 now well into its fifth year questions are being asked about when its successor is likely to appear. Questions that are much more difficult to answer than normal, given how the release of the PS4 Pro has upset the natural order of console generations.

Now, as the  year draws closer to E3, new rumors have sprung up which suggest that the release of the next generation of PlayStation consoles may not be so far away.

This new information has been revealed by industry insider Marcus Sellars who stated  that PS5 dev kits were sent out to third party developers earlier this year. This means that the company will soon start production of and for the PS4. However, considering the success of the PS4 and the recent release of the PS4 Pro, it’s likely that it will at least be a while before the next generation of PlayStation is released.

If PS5 dev kits are already being used by third party developers, then it’s likely that the console will at least be revealed and released at some point in 2019, if not earlier. This would be in line with previous predictions by analysts who have suggested that the PlayStation 5 will in fact release in 2019 – with Michael Pachter even stating that the PS5 will have backward compatibility, no less.

But before fans get too excited, it’s important to note that none of this has been confirmed by Sony. And until Sony decides to pull the curtain back on the PlayStation 5 itself, fans should be sure to take any claims about the console with a grain of salt.

Gamepur transcribed part of the podcast and here’s what Pachter had to say:

“Sony is making so much money with the PS4 that I think they’ll continue to milk it as long as they can milk it. And I think the natural extension of that is the PS4 Pro becomes the default PS4, and they just knock that price down to $250 when they can and they keep selling it — a ton of those. The PS5 is probably going to be their real 4K device, and so it just feels to me that they’re not going to launch the PS5 until sales momentum for the PS4 slows, and it just hasn’t. So you certainly get through 2017, 2018, and I just don’t see it slowing in 2018 which should prop them to launch something in 2019. If it slows in 2019, they’re probably launching in 2020.”

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