Sony Says a Next Gen PlayStation is Necessary

An attendee walks past the Play Station logo in the Sony Interactive Entertainment booth during the Tokyo Game Show 2018

An attendee walks past the Play Station logo in the Sony Interactive Entertainment booth during the Tokyo Game Show 2018

While this could be exciting news for PlayStation fans, it's still highly unlikely for Sony to release the new console in the near future.

In an interview with the Financial Times [Paywall] (via ResetEra), Sony CEO Kenichiro Yoshida was asked about the possibility of the next generation of PlayStation.

They won't call it PlayStation 5 right now, but Sony has finally confirmed that, yes, it has another console on the way. While many have assumed this statement means we're getting a PS5, with new games which won't run on PS4 consoles, we don't know for sure that it's not a PS4 Pro Pro or something similar. "As further understood herein, the original (legacy) software code of an entertainment asset such as a computer game created to be played on a relatively lower powered display can be preserved for use with model consoles with improved capability displays, while effecting remastering of the presentation through emulation principles". As consumers find ways to game beyond traditional gaming-dedicated hardware, the development of such hardware naturally comes into question. 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.

Less than two years ago, Sony launched the PlayStation 4 Pro: A more powerful update to the PlayStation 4. 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.

Sony's no doubt hoping that you'll consider the PS4 Pro for now, but don't worry if you're not: Something new is also in the works.

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