At long last, Sony has confirmed what we’ve basically taken as a given for quite some time now: a PlayStation 4 successor is on its way.
The news comes via Sony president and CEO Kenichiro Yoshida in the midst of an interview with Financial Times where he states it is a necessity at this point and time to have next-generation hardware.
“At this point, what I can say is it’s necessary to have a next-generation hardware.”
As one might expect, unfortunately, that’s about all Yoshida had to share — he didn’t even state the hardware in question would be titled the PlayStation 5.
That said, we do have one idea about what this hardware might be like. Namely, the publication cited sources in the games publishing industry with knowledge of Sony’s plans for a future console” who state that “it might not represent a major departure from the PS4, and that the fundamental architecture would be similar.”
Interestingly enough, it doesn’t appear that this isn’t all Sony has in the works, as there was also mention of a tablet that would connect to multiple devices “as online streaming of games becomes more widespread and the company seeks to derive ever greater synergies between its games and movie divisions” — something that seems likely considering the effort its putting into the PlayStation Now subscription service.
It’s clear from these statements that earlier rumors about next-gen consoles coming in 2020 have some actual merit to them. However, it remains to be seen what Sony will actually do. For Microsoft’s part, rumors suggest it’s planning a couple of different next-gen consoles, a more traditional console and a streaming-focused one. Will Sony do the the same?