Many fans of the popular life simulation video game, The Sims, are hoping for The Sims 5 to be announced very soon, if possible, this year. Although that is still doubtful for the moment, numerous players are also hoping to get something else in the title: availability in upcoming next-generation consoles, PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X.
The Sims 5 – Release Date
The fifth installment in the franchise was expected to be revealed last year, considering the development schedule of The Sims 4 reached the five-year mark in 2019. Based on the launch timeline, it took four to five years for EA and Maxis to release a new, main sequel for the series.
That evidently did not happen, so the wait for the title continues this year. The chance that The Sims 5 will be announced in the following months is difficult to put aside, but the possibility of it not being revealed for an entire year is also there. That said, there is no certain way of knowing when The Sims 5 would launch.
Still, because there was no announcement yet, we’d say it rather becomes very unlikely for the next game in the series to be released this year. That makes 2021 the earliest feasible period for its reveal and retail release.
The Sims 5 – Availability on Gaming Platforms and on Next-Gen Consoles
Whether The Sims 5 is launching this year, in 2021, or even later, the game will most probably be released on platforms where The Sims 4 was available on: Windows and Mac PCs, PlayStation 4, as well as Xbox One.
If dedicated availability of The Sims 5 for the next-generation consoles will not be revealed in the future, it might mean that the game will not be released on Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
“We believe that the overwhelming majority of the 4,000+ PS4 titles will be playable on PS5,” Sony PlayStation SVP for platform planning and management, Hideaki Nishino, stated in a blog post.
Xbox representatives also wrote on the Xbox official Twitter page: “To date, we’ve spent over 100K hours testing your favorite games from Xbox One, including existing backward compatible 360 & OG Xbox games, on Xbox Series X. While we are still in the process of validating, we can confirm thousands of games will be playable at launch.”
Correction: To date, we’ve spent over 100K hours testing your favorite games from Xbox One, including existing backward compatible 360 & OG Xbox games, on Xbox Series X. While we are still in the process of validating, we can confirm thousands of games will be playable at launch.
— Xbox (@Xbox) March 20, 2020
As it concerns Microsoft, the tech giant has also confirmed in a tweet that is has spent more than 100K hours in testing Xbox One games together with titles from the first Xbox and Xbox 360 consoles on the Xbox Series X.
The company has not posted any official list yet because it is ‘still in the process of validating.’ However, it promised fans that ‘thousands’ of games will be playable via backward compatibility technology after the release of the Xbox Series X.
These statements seem rather promising for fans waiting for the launch of new titles, including The Sims 5.