PS5 and Xbox Series X release dates leak: When to expect the consoles

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The leaks have sprung and now there is a flood of information coming out about the PS5 and Xbox Series X. Most of it is mere speculation but every now and then a credible leak surfaces, sparking a Pavlovian response in gamers.  

The newest mouthwatering leak comes from Video Game Chronicle (VGC) citing "retail and developmental source." In a report, the site claims the PS5 will be released in "mid-November" and that, in the UK, Sony has "booked significant marketing spend" for a week starting on November 13.

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"Multiple retail sources have also told us that a launch during this window would fit within their expectations," VGC writes. 

Furthermore, the Xbox Series X will launch before the PlayStation 5, possible in the first week of November with the flexibility to slip into the second week of the month. This would make November 7 the most likely release date for the Xbox Series X although a report from The Verge sets November 6 as the launch date.  

If these dates are accurate then the PS5 will launch in the same week as Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, Assassin's Creed: Valhalla and Cyberpunk 2077, while the Xbox will be available at least one week ahead of those multi-platform games. 

These dates aren't official but they line up with recent rumors and leaks. In fact, we'd be shocked if the Xbox Series X and PS5 weren't both released by the end of November.

While Sony and Microsoft have withheld specific release dates for their next-gen consoles, there has been some movement as of late. Earlier this month, Microsoft narrowed the launch windows from Holiday 2020 to November 2020. A few weeks later, PlayStation fans got a sniff of the PS5 when Sony opened registration for a chance to pre-order the console. 

It's become clear that, barring any further delays, the PS5 and Xbox Series X will arrive in November — now we're just waiting to find out how much they will cost.

Phillip Tracy is the assistant managing editor at Laptop Mag where he reviews laptops, phones and other gadgets while covering the latest industry news. After graduating with a journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin, Phillip became a tech reporter at the Daily Dot. There, he wrote reviews for a range of gadgets and covered everything from social media trends to cybersecurity. Prior to that, he wrote for RCR Wireless News covering 5G and IoT. When he's not tinkering with devices, you can find Phillip playing video games, reading, traveling or watching soccer.