PS5 May Not Be a Big Departure from PlayStation 4

PS5 May Not Be a Big Departure from PlayStation 4

As always, details regarding Sony's next-gen console are quite hush hush, so fans are now relying on leaks, rumours, and speculation to come up with the goods.

During an interview with the Financial Times [via Games Industry], the Sony CEO confirmed that a next generation PlayStation, nearly definitely the PS5, in on the way.

Looking ahead to the next generation of consoles, Sony CEO Kenichiro Yoshida confirms that a successor to the PlayStation is going to happen, the Financial Times reported. 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. Project xCloud - a streaming service that allows users to play Xbox games on mobile, PC, and console - was revealed, and it's set to reshape the gaming world. Still, all good things must come to an end eventually, and with Microsoft confirming that it is indeed working on the next Xbox earlier this year, Sony has chose to follow suit.

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Both Sony and Microsoft altered that cycle this generation by releasing half-step upgrades in the PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X, respectively. Some believe it's an indication backward compatibility is returning to the brand, courtesy of the PlayStation 5.

The commitment to a next-generation console comes as discussion begins to heat up over the next round of the so-called "console wars" and the future of dedicated gaming hardware. That puts Sony's next console on track for launch somewhere in the vicinity of 2021. As long as the PS4 continues to sell, it wouldn't make much sense for Sony to start talking about how the console will soon be antiquated. 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.

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