Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

Sony on PlayStation 5: "it’s necessary to have a next-generation hardware"

Sony on PlayStation 5: Sony on PlayStation 5: "it’s necessary to have a next-generation hardware"
Sherri Watson | 10 October, 2018, 02:59

We presume that to mean a PlayStation 5 is on the roadmap, and probably already in development.

Speaking with the Financial Times, Sony's president Kenichiro Yoshida revealed that "At this point, what I can say is it's necessary to have the next-generation hardware". That's because Sony's Playstation 4 is getting a next-generation successor, perhaps to compete with the anticipated 2020 follow-up to the Xbox One now codenamed "Scarlett".

The PlayStation 9, coming in 2078, was first advertised as a goof by Sony in an ad campaign for the PlayStation 2.

His comments come after Microsoft announced Project xCloud, a cloud-gaming platform that it hopes to open for public trials sometime in 2019.

He didn't give a sense of the form the next PlayStation might take, but FT sources suggested that it wouldn't be a major departure from the PS4 and that its fundamental architecture would be pretty similar. In a world where you could potentially stream the same games on any device, wouldn't console choice become irrelevant?

What was interesting was that several anonymous names within the Sony camp have stepped forward to say that it won't actually be that different from the PlayStation 4 other than a few tweaks in direction of potential portability and a renewed dedication to esports. He remained coy about any further details, and declined to confirm whether or not the system would be called the PlayStation 5. That's not as surprising, as the PS4 has dominated this console generation, repeatedly topping the Xbox One in United States and worldwide sales, month after month.

The PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 4 Pro will not be the last of the PlayStation console. Whether that is true or not, it does not appear Sony is eager to move away from traditional game consoles.