Sony pretty much sticks to a 6-7 year cycle for their 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 fair to expect Sony to release the next PlayStation. any time between 2026 and 2028. Apparently, Sony also thinks so.
In its latest argument against Microsoft’s purchase of Activision Blizzard, Sony reverted to Microsoft’s earlier offer to keep Call of Duty and other Activision Blizzard games on the PlayStation platform until 2027. Sony explains that the deal will ensure the PS6 launches without access to Activision Blizzard’s treasure trove of popular titles. The world’s largest gaming company claims that this will force gamers to switch from one platform to another and purchase an Xbox, which could negatively affect the competitive integrity of the market.
Even though part of the application has been redacted, we can assume that the PS6 will be released by 2028.
It’s worth noting that PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan previously called Microsoft’s initial proposal “inadequate in many ways.” Perhaps the new document refers to the same proposal. But at the same time, Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer recently mentioned that he’s open to a ten-year deal to keep Activision Blizzard games on PlayStation platforms. According to Spencer, Activision Blizzard games, including Call of Duty, will be available on the PlayStation 6 and possibly even the PlayStation 7.
As the best-selling video game franchise of the past two decades, who gets Call of Duty matters a lot. Sony goes so far as to claim that giving Microsoft the rights to Activision Blizzard could send prices skyrocketing across the gaming industry.
Whatever the case, Spencer is adamant that Microsoft treats Call of Duty like Minecraft and wants the game to be available on multiple platforms, including the Nintendo Switch.
Of course, such words mean little in these negotiations until both sides take up a pen and sign an agreement. It will be interesting to see what else we learn about Sony and Microsoft as regulators continue scrutiny of the major acquisition.
Speaking of which, Microsoft and Sony are adding other names to the list as the companies try to push their arguments further. In the case of Microsoft, this suggests that Call of Duty is not the only profitable venture in the field, referring to GTA 6 and its possible release date. On the other hand, Sony has effectively reduced the value of the Battlefield franchise by saying it can’t compete with Call of Duty despite its best efforts.