The PlayStation 4 is rolling but we’re coming up on five years since its launch. It’s about that time in every console’s life cycle where fake mockups start appearing on social media, and people start predicting PlayStation 5 reveals at E3. Sony got out in front of it this year, telling the community straight up that there would be no new hardware revealed this year. Fine, so no PlayStation 5 this year, but next year? Well if you ask SIE president Tsuyoshi “John” Kodera, it’s going to be at least three years before we get the next PlayStation this according to the Wall Street Journal.
“We will use the next three years to prepare the next step, to crouch down so that we can jump higher in the future,” said Kodera.
He continued later, telling local reporters that: “We need to depart from the traditional way of looking at the console life cycle,” he said. “We’re no longer in a time when you can think just about the console or just about the network like they’re two different things.”
Finally, within the context of discussing handhelds, Kodera mentioned that he is interested in incorporating better mobility into the traditional living-room home console. Saying: “We need a broader perspective than that because so many things are now connected via the internet,” he said.
Credit: Wall Street Journal
We’ve been hearing about the death of home consoles as we know it for years now. And while it’s true that with every passing generation we’ve embraced digital more, they have more or less been similar to what we’ve grown accustomed to for decades now.
Maybe the next generation will be the one where we finally see the major players depart from the familiar, and we’ll finally see the death of physical discs and bulky hardware. Or maybe Kodera is just talking about cloning the Switch. We’ll check back in a few years.