A job listing from Sony Interactive Entertainment says that the PlayStation 5 will be released in October 2020.
As pointed out by Twitter user Nibel, a listing on the NEXT jobs website for a role in the SIE Materials Department says that the successful applicant will work “with the design department and the quality assurance department to create the PlayStation 5 scheduled to be released in October 2020.”
Previously, Sony has only specified Holiday 2020 as a release window for the new console. October would be slightly earlier than expected for that window, so it may be that this is a mistake, but the listing itself does appear to be offical (although there’s no date listed on the page for when the listing was posted).
— Nibel (@Nibellion) May 12, 2020
Previous console generations have launched in November, in order to land square in the middle of the busiest shopping season of the year. An October launch is unexpected, particularly since everyone was gearing up for news of delays thanks to coronavirus-related production issues. However, if gamers around the world are still reluctant to go outside even by the end of the year, perhaps it makes some sense for Sony to push its release date forward.
Shortly after this possible PS5 release date started making the rounds, Sony Interactive Entertainment told Famitsu that the timeframe in the job listing was a mistake. This doesn’t count out the possibility of the PS5 arriving in or close to October, but it’s clear that Sony isn’t quite ready to give a release window just yet.