Armed with a large catalog of games, including big exclusives for the coming months, the PlayStation 4 has very beautiful days in front of it. However, Sony already has a clear vision of the future and already plans on the next version of the black monolith: the PS5. This is in any case what Sony’s CEO, Kazuo Hirai, suggests in response to a reporter who questioned him on the subject.
With the recent blockbusters like the sublime Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, the succulent Horizon Zero Dawn and its upcoming exclusive tracks (God of War, The Last of Us 2, Days Gone, Death Stranding, …) without the shadow of a doubt dedicated to a brilliant future.
Sony has in its possession the most popular console in the video game market, which was declined in the form of a PS4 Pro last November. Conscious of the success of its baby and its willingness to offer machines in step with the evolution of the market, the Japanese giant is already thinking about the future and seeing beyond the PS4.
Dedicated to take the place of the PS4 by 2018 according to the statements, the PlayStation 5 is logically in the pipe lines of Sony at this very moment. The future console of the Japanese manufacturer is therefore without a shadow of doubt the subject of lively discussions in-house.
This is what arouses the curiosity of some journalists, who try by all means to find the least information about it. One of the members of Nikkai Asian Review, had the great opportunity to question the CEO of Sony, Kazuo Hirai. He then asked him several questions, including a specific one where he asked the interested party: “When will the PlayStation 5 be released?”.
Kazuo Hirai was delighted to answer him, but indirectly as one would have guessed: “Our game subsidiary is discussing which direction to take — how to use a big platform like the PlayStation going forward. Generally speaking, I don’t think it is a good idea to drop consoles entirely, since we seek to offer the platform worldwide.”
For the context, Microsoft is about to unveil at the E3 its new Xbox Scorpio to the phenomenal power. The bet seems to be to offer a hyper robust config more economical than using a gaming PC. Sony’s Consoles department is doing extremely well, strong on the success of the PS4, its variations (Slim and Pro), and its accessory of PlayStation VR.
It remains to know to what angle Sony intends to resist Microsoft. Analysts have been repeating for several years that consoles are going to disappear in favor of other platforms, such as PCs.
But Sony seems to indicate that the firm does not intend to “drop the consoles completely”, which seems to say in a hollow that the future of the PlayStation will not be just a console (there will probably be one), but maybe also a broader platform.