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Did Sony Just Confirm the PlayStation 5?

10 October, 2018, 03:02 | Author: Rafael Roberts
  • Sony planning Backward Compatibility for PS5 [Rumor]

Sony isn't done with its traditional consoles just yet, however, as CEO Kenichiro Yoshida revealed to the Financial Times that a PlayStation 4 (PS4) successor is now in the works.

Most interesting is the fact that Yoshida referred to the new console as "next-generation hardware". The prospect of using a quick and easy means of upscaling old games and getting them to work could effectively provide that, hence the excitement around the discovery of Sony's patent.

As VR and mobile games continue to be threats to traditional models of video gaming, the console wars just got extended through the foreseeable future. With the release of PS4 Pro and Xbox One X, the definition of "next generation" gaming hardware has shifted somewhat, so we're going to have to wait and see what this next generation hardware turns out to be.

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. However, Yoshida didn't say the device would be called the "PlayStation 5".


Rumours have varied wildly over the last few years but it now seems inevitable that the console will be out by at least Christmas 2020 and possibly 2019 - with a reveal potentially as early as next spring, if Sony follows previous patterns. That puts Sony's next console on track for launch somewhere in the vicinity of 2021. Again, we doubt we'll hear much more than this regarding the PS4 successor until Sony makes an official announcement, so we'll have to sit tight until then.

PlayStation 4 exclusives like "Spider-Man" look best on the PlayStation 4 Pro. It's a half step up, in terms of horsepower, from the PlayStation 4, but it's a meaningful mid-point between the PlayStation 4 that went on sale in 2013 and the PlayStation 5 that's expected around 2021.

Regardless of what Sony declined to say, we now know that new hardware is in the works.

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