Update: The October date was a listing error by the recruitment site.
Update: Famitsu asked Sony about the listing and they deny the October 2020 release date, saying it was an error by the recruitment sitehttps://t.co/giRGqsB0xoMay 12, 2020
Original story: The PS5 will release in October 2020, based on what appears to be an official Sony job listing in Japan. While the console was always scheduled for 'Holiday 2020', no more specific date has yet been revealed.
The listing was found on Japanese career site Rikunabi (opens in new tab), and captured by the games news account Nibellion on Twitter. Here it is:
A Japanese job listing by Sony Interactive Entertainment says that the PlayStation 5 will be launched this Octoberhttps://t.co/YKuWtllIc0 pic.twitter.com/aSp1Aev3AHMay 12, 2020
An official announcement still hasn't been made by Sony on the PS5's release date, and this shouldn't be taken as one. Still, assuming the job listing is the real thing, it's not that big a stretch to expect the console could be arriving in October, given that we always knew the console was launching towards the end of the year. It's also unclear if this date refers to a Japanese launch, or the console's worldwide release.
Some have pointed to Codemasters' announcement of Dirt 5 launching in October as an indicator of when the next gen consoles will be arriving. The announcement post (opens in new tab) for the game, though, specifically says that the racing game is launching from October 2020, which indicates some editions could arrive later.
We've reached out to Sony in Europe to ask if the listing in the date is real.
For reference, the PS4 released in November 2013.
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Why you should be cautious about this job listing
It seems so unlikely that an official job listing would just reveal the date, given how carefully information has been revealed about the console so far. It's also possible, given the current worldwide pandemic, that plans could change in the months leading up to launch and that the date hasn't been decided yet.
Given that Sony hasn't even showed the world what the hardware looks like, yet, outside of the DualSense controller that's packaged with the system, it's still too early for a real date.