Sony has stuck to a 6 to 7 year cycle for its consoles. The original PlayStation came out in 1994, followed by the PlayStation 2 in 2000, the PlayStation 3 in 2006, the PlayStation 4 in 2013, and the PlayStation 5 in 2020. So it’s only fair to expect Sony to come up with the next PlayStation releases anytime between 2026 and 2028. Apparently Sony thinks so too.
In its recent argument against Microsoft’s purchase of Activision Blizzard, Sony referenced Microsoft’s previous offer to keep Call of Duty and other Activision Blizzard games on the PlayStation platform until 2027. Sony says the deal on the table will guarantee the PS6 will launch without access to Activision Blizzard’s trove of popular titles. The world’s largest gaming company claims that this will induce gamers to switch platforms and buy an Xbox instead, which may negatively impact the competitive integrity of the market.
Although the part of the submission has been redacted, we can assume that the PS6 will be launched by 2028.
It’s worth noting that PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan previously called Microsoft’s original offering “insufficient on many levels”. It is possible that the new document refers to the same offer. At the same time, Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer recently mentioned that it is willing to commit to a ten-year deal to keep Activision Blizzard games on PlayStation platforms. If we believe Spencer, Activision Blizzard’s games, including Call of Duty, will be available on the PlayStation 6 and maybe even the PlayStation 7.
As the best-selling video game franchise of the last two decades, who gets Call of Duty is a big deal. Sony even goes so far as to suggest that Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard could lead to price hikes across the gaming industry.
For what it’s worth, Spencer insists Microsoft sees Call of Duty like Minecraft and wants the game on multiple platforms, including Nintendo Switch.
Of course, such words carry little weight in these negotiations until both parties put pen to paper and sign an agreement. It will be interesting to see what else we learn about Sony and Microsoft as regulatory scrutiny of the massive acquisition continues.
Speaking of which, Microsoft and Sony are bringing other names into the mix as the companies try to further push their arguments. In the case of Microsoft, it is said that Call of Duty is not the only lucrative venture in this space, citing GTA 6 and its potential release date. On the other hand, Sony has effectively dragged down the value of the Battlefield franchise by saying that despite its best efforts, it can’t compete with Call of Duty.