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PS6 and new Xbox release dates appear to have been revealed by Microsoft

Anish Vij

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PS6 and new Xbox release dates appear to have been revealed by Microsoft

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New PlayStation 6 and Xbox release dates for the next-gen consoles appear to have been revealed by Microsoft.

According to court documents, Microsoft has revealed the 'expected starting period' of the next generation of consoles.

Just when it feels that gamers are finally able to get their hands on a PS5 and Xbox Series X due to a two-year shortage, we now have potential news on the new consoles.

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New PlayStation 6 and Xbox release dates for the next-gen consoles appear to have been revealed by Microsoft. Credit: Sony
New PlayStation 6 and Xbox release dates for the next-gen consoles appear to have been revealed by Microsoft. Credit: Sony

According to official Sony documents, which have now been made public, the PS5 will go down as having the shortest lifespan of any PlayStation console.

The documents are being made public due to the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) in response to Microsoft’s pending acquisition of Activision Blizzard, as reported by PlayStation Lifestyle.

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According to court documents reviewed by IGN, Microsoft has revealed the 'expected starting period' of the next generation of consoles. Credit: Pexels
According to court documents reviewed by IGN, Microsoft has revealed the 'expected starting period' of the next generation of consoles. Credit: Pexels

But on page 8 of the 22-page document, it is claimed by Sony that Microsoft had 'offered to continue making Activision’s games available on PlayStation only until 2027'.

This means that Sony apparently intends to release the PS6 sometime after 2027.

And now, court documents have reportedly been obtained by IGN, amid this month's news that a US regulator has taken legal action in a bid to temporarily block Microsoft from completing its deal to buy Activision Blizzard.

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In the alleged documents, the company have revealed the 'expected starting period' of the next-gen consoles, which will be 2028.

“This term would in any case go beyond the expected starting period of the next generation of consoles (in 2028),” it is claimed.

“Thus, Call of Duty will be published on successor PlayStation consoles should one be released during the term of the agreement.

“The agreement also would ensure that Call of Duty console games are offered on PlayStation at parity with Xbox.”

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In the alleged documents, Microsoft have revealed the 'expected starting period' of the next-gen consoles, which will be 2028. Credit: Pexels
In the alleged documents, Microsoft have revealed the 'expected starting period' of the next-gen consoles, which will be 2028. Credit: Pexels

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has asked a San Francisco federal court for a temporary restraining order and injunction to stop Microsoft’s 69 billion dollar (£55bn) purchase of the California company behind hit games such as Call Of Duty, World Of Warcraft and Candy Crush.

The deadline for the deal is just five weeks away on 18 July, as per the original agreement signed in January 2022.

While a number of countries have approved the deal, regulators in the US and the UK have argued it could suppress competition in the video game market.

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“We welcome the opportunity to present our case in federal court,” Brad Smith, Microsoft’s vice chairman and president said.

“We believe accelerating the legal process in the US will ultimately bring more choice and competition to the market.”

UNILAD has contacted Microsoft for comment.

Topics: Technology, Xbox, PlayStation, Gaming

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