Sony basically confirms there will be a PS5

Ruben Fields
October 10, 2018

That's because Sony's Playstation 4 is getting a next-generation successor, perhaps to compete with the anticipated 2020 follow-up to the Xbox One now codenamed "Scarlett".

Sony apparently agrees: "At this point, what I can say is it's necessary to have a next-generation hardware", new Sony president Kenichiro Yoshida told the Financial Times in a recent interview. That's not as surprising, as the PS4 has dominated this console generation, repeatedly topping the Xbox One in U.S. and worldwide sales, month after month.

The biggest shifts in the gaming world are those from consoles to mobile devices, the rise of online streaming-cloud gaming, as it were-and the emergence of so-called "esports". If the system works as Sony describes in its patent, it should be able to remaster ageing video games on the fly to bring their look closer to a contemporary game.

Both Sony and Microsoft altered that cycle this generation by releasing half-step upgrades in the PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X, respectively.

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However, this could all be about to change with the launch of the Sony PlayStation 5. As consumers find ways to game beyond traditional gaming-dedicated hardware, the development of such hardware naturally comes into question.

The PS5 will reportedly have a similar architecture to the PS4 and "represent a major departure from the PS4", according to the Financial Times (behind paywall). The PlayStation 5, to be specific.

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.

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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