We'll soon be just two calendar months away from the launch window of the Xbox Series X, and we're still waiting on exact price and release date info for both it and the PlayStation 5. Given the state of the world, this long wait isn't too surprising, but both companies will need to pin down the details soon—and, according to a new report from VideoGamesChronicle, it appears that Microsoft and Sony are both targeting November launches.
Development and retail sources tell VGC's Andy Robinson that mid-November is when Sony hopes to release the PS5. Additionally, Robinson reports that PlayStation has "booked significant marketing spend" in the UK for the week beginning on November 13. Sources also "agree that Xbox will launch first," with Microsoft having told developers to plan on launching in the first week of the month (November 1, 2020 is a Sunday).
Already, November 13 has emerged as the current-gen release date for both Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and Yakuza: Like a Dragon. The latter is intended to be a day-and-date launch title for the Xbox Series X. Also confirmed with mid-November release dates are Assassin's Creed Valhalla (November 17) and Cyberpunk 2077 (November 19).
It's possible that some November releases could shift forward if one or both new consoles launch in the first half of the month, but until Microsoft and Sony settle on dates it's safer to assume we'll be playing any cross-gen titles no sooner than when they're also available on PS4 or Xbox One.
VGC notes that it's not clear whether Sony will pursue a worldwide rollout or stagger the PS5's launch across certain regions, as it did with the PS4 in 2013. Last month, reports indicated that Sony expects to increase PS5 production up to around 10 million units by the year's end, nearly double the target originally cited in April. While having more units available would make a worldwide launch more feasible, other concerns like shipping, marketing, and the safety of retail shopping given the pandemic could also impact Sony's plans.
Regardless of which console ends up launching first, it seems like Sony may be getting ready to make an announcement ahead of Microsoft. Having already promised that it will give advance notice ahead of making the PS5 available for pre-order, this week Sony opened up a system that lets current PSN subscribers sign up for a chance at pre-ordering a PS5 through the company's own website.