Sony look set to skip 2018 without announcing another major piece of hardware being launched in the currently crowded console market.
So far we only have reports, rumours and media sources to base this prediction but it does make sense that the tech giant would want to leave the PS4 as their principal gaming machine, for the time being.
It seems likely that the PS5 release date will not be announced in 2018.
This comes from several media sources, which suggest that Sony’s next console will likely arrive in 2020.
However, it should also be noted that things can change pretty quickly, based on what rival hardware makers may do.
If the new Xbox console was given a shock reveal this year, Sony would likely have to tweak their own plans for the PlayStation 5.
But while it’s still unlikely for anything like that to happen, there is another new console announced for 2018 that will look to rival the PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch.
That would be the new Atari VCS, which will have new pre-order details confirmed later this month.
While the company have been forced to dial back on their initial launch plans for their new console, it appears that it will still be entering the market.
Originally announced as the Ataribox, this new console will not be a classic games console revamp, although retro titles will be made available on it.
A lot of details are still unknown about the Atari, although it appears it will look to provide a lot of services that a PC does.
The difference will be that while it can stream music, run a Linux sandbox mode, and let you browse the internet, you will also be able to hook it up to your TV with ease.
COO of Atari Connected Devices Michael Arzt, provided more details on the project to Eurogamer, with more news likely to arrive later this month.
Asked what will make the returning Atari console competitive, Arzt explains: “It’s less expensive than a PC, and it doesn’t require you to have your laptop plugged into the TV.
“It’ll control many aspects of the TV, and it’ll also let you do things on the TV that – because it’ll have voice control, because it’ll have a really easy navigation system, things like that – it’ll make computing on the television easier.
“You’ll be able to hook a wireless or USB mouse and keyboard to it, if you want it to – it’ll do all that stuff.
“It’s an open platform like any PC. The controllers are Bluetooth, and will work with any PC. This [VCS] controller is essentially a modern Xbox-style controller.
“Somebody who doesn’t have the box could still buy one of these and use it with their Android or their PC…
Arzt also spoke on the price point of the new console, which looks set to be a bit cheaper than a Nintendo Switch.
“We’ve been talking about a price point of $249 to $299 [£173 to £208] – we’re always hoping we can do better,” he adds.
“I’d rather under promise and over deliver, but right now, we’re pretty confident we can hit that price.
“Configurations and bundles can change things a little bit – what we put on in terms of games that come with it, if we did a deluxe bundle, that would add price. Because [the controller] alone is $39, $49 [£34] right?”
Whatever happens with the PS5 release date, it seems likely that at least one new piece of hardware will be arriving to rival the likes of the Switch, PS4 and Xbox One in 2019.