'At this point, what I can say is it's necessary to have a next-generation hardware, ' said the executive. But we've all suspected for a long time that the next Xbox and PlayStation consoles couldn't be more than a few years away from announcement. 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.
Nonetheless, while the dominance of the console-as-a-platform may be fading, Sony appears to believe there's enough demand to merit at least one more generation. As expected, Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo have all been rumored to be working on new gaming systems.
As VR and mobile games continue to be threats to traditional models of video gaming, the console wars just got extended through the foreseeable future.
Both Sony and Microsoft altered that cycle this generation by releasing half-step upgrades in the PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X, respectively. Neither outright replaced the base console - instead, they offered better graphics and performance for the same games.
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). That's not such a surprise: More than ever, players are demanding that their digital game libraries carry forward. It wouldn't be a huge shock to hear that the PlayStation 5 could play all PlayStation 4 games - especially those purchased digitally. However, Yoshida didn't say the device would be called the "PlayStation 5". 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.