According to a document that has not been made public, Sony does not think the PlayStation of the next generation will be available until 2027 at the earliest.
The document was released today as part of the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority review into Microsoft’s proposed $69bn Activision Blizzard buyout – a deal Sony has strongly objected to.
According to a confidential document from Sony PlayStation that was made public today, PlayStation may lose its rights to the Call of Duty series by 2027. At the same time, it aims to introduce the next generation of PlayStation consoles. This information comes as part of the UK regulatory authority CMA’s examination into Microsoft’s proposed $69 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard.
In an interesting section discussing how long Call of Duty may stay on PlayStation, Sony states that (at the time this was written) it expected to lose access to the franchise in 2027. Sony goes on further to say that by the time it “launches its next-generation PlayStation console…it would have lost access to Call of Duty and other Activision games”.
While the dates are still hidden, Sony plans to release its next generation of consoles sometime after 2027. The recent loss of COD must be a huge blow to them and it’s unknown whether or not they have accepted Microsoft’s 10-year offer in addition to their existing agreement With Activision. If everything goes as planned, we should see the PS5 released by 2028 with a life cycle similar to past PlayStation consoles (around 8 years).
The fact that COD is giving the Xbox platform earlier access to new content, in-game items, et cetera is detrimental to PlayStation. This is due to the simple truth that Call of Duty significantly raises revenue for both systems and it doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon.
In 2023, it’s probable that we will see a console refresh because both Xbox and PlayStation may release updated models of their next-generation consoles.
Microsoft may be developing an Xbox Series alongside a PS5 Pro or Slim. Sony is worried that losing Call of Duty 2027 will make their new consoles less desirable, which could cause customers to switch to the more environmentally friendly Xbox brand.
A well-known mobile game, Candy Crush, will now be controlled by Xbox as a result of the Activision Blizzard King merger. However, it wasn’t only Candy Crush that lead to this union; Call of Duty played a vital role as well. In fact, Call of Duty is the root cause of the recent quarrel between Sony and Xbox.
Though people have mixed opinions about it, Call of Duty is still one of the most popular franchises around. Xbox even tries to downplay its success by saying that it’s inconsistent and only succeeds some of the time.
However, this does not change the fact that Activision’s franchise is a huge moneymaker for Sony and Microsoft alike.
Though it has yet to be proven, it looks like the PlayStation 6 might arrive no earlier than 2027. Sony is hoping to make up for its loss of access to Call of Duty by releasing new consoles with improved graphics, more powerful processors, and other enhancements. In the meantime, it will have to try even harder to make its current PlayStation console the go-to choice for gamers. Let’s see how this all plays out in the coming years!
With so much development happening in the world of gaming, the future is looking very interesting indeed. We’ll have to stay tuned to find out what happens next!
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