Report suggests PS5 will launch November 13

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The PS5 will launch in mid November this year, just in time for Christmas spending, a VGC report indicates. 

Sources in development and retail told VGC (opens in new tab) that Sony has booked a week of “significant” marketing beginning on Friday November 13th - which might indicate the date of the console’s release.

Sony has yet to confirm a launch window for the PS5, while chief rival Microsoft has bookmarked the month of November for its Xbox Series X (opens in new tab). According to VGC, however, developers have been told to plan for a Series X launch in the first week of November - and staff at Xbox expect the PS5 to show up in the week beginning November 13th. That would give Microsoft a minor head start on sales.

VGC has also spoken to multiple retail sources, who said that a mid-November launch for the PS5 would match their expectations. That would mean it arrives in time for the year’s biggest games - Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War (opens in new tab), Cyberpunk 2077 (opens in new tab) and Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla (opens in new tab) are all scheduled for the week following November 13th. But the console would narrowly miss the launch of Destiny 2: Beyond Light (opens in new tab) on November 10th.

PS5 pre-order (opens in new tab) registration opened yesterday, on an invite-only basis. Existing PlayStation users with a US address might get a chance to reserve their console early - though not, of course, to play it early. We suppose just knowing there’s a machine earmarked for you brings a certain amount of satisfaction - especially in a year of console shortages (opens in new tab).

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Jeremy Peel

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