It may not be an official announcement, but it’s still exciting to hear that Sony is working on the next PlayStation console.
Who said what?
Sony president Kenichiro Yoshida cleverly avoided the phrase “PlayStation 5,” (even though we’re like 99.99% sure that’s what they’re gonna call it). But, he still admitted to the PS4’s successor being on the horizon.
“At this point, what I can say is it’s necessary to have a next-generation hardware,” he said in an interview with the Financial Times.
This isn’t exactly breaking news; most developers start thinking about the future as soon as a product launches. This is, however, the first time someone from Sony has officially confirmed next-gen hardware.
What do we know?
We don’t have any details at this point, but judging by the market recently, we can expect to see a focus on streaming. Sony tested the streaming waters (see what I did there?) with PlayStation Now, and with the rising popularity of esports and Microsoft’s Project xCloud, it’s likely that Sony will be trying to get ahead of the game streaming movement.
Are consoles out?
It is still unlikely that Sony will depart from traditional console gaming entirely. Currently, a solid cloud-based gaming experience would require a 5G data connection, which many markets don’t have access to. Plus, the current hardware is still very successful and many experts believe that the PS4 is still well within its prime.
“Sony would likely seek to use this successful PS4 platform as long as possible,” Kazunori Ito, analyst at research firm Ibbotson Associates Japan, told the Financial Times.
What does the future hold?
Times are a changin’ for Sony. With the recent announcement of cross-platform play for Fortnite, after insisting that PlayStation games be exclusive, anything is possible. Will we see a PS5 announcement at E3 2019? Only time will tell. Well, that and leaks. We can always count on leaks.