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. 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 currently codenamed “Scarlett.”
Microsoft and Sony have been neck-and-neck for decades, matching each other’s moves every step of the way, so as long as one continues to be after the home gaming market, the other is sure to follow.
It’s even more certain now that the news has come from the top. Sony CEO Kenichiro Yoshida confirmed that the PS line was getting a next-gen console to the Financial Times, saying that, “at this point, what I can say is it’s necessary to have a [sic] next-generation hardware.”
While Yoshida did not clarify whether the console would follow the naming conventions of the line and be the Playstation 5, the very confirmation marks that, despite success in the retro and VR sectors, the company still has eyes on moving forward in a traditional way — upgrading and optimizing the tech.
That makes sense, especially as the company has seen success in different versions and bundles of its console — all the way through the recent smash hit Spider-Man. So, though the company has exited the handheld market, gamers can still look forward to at least one more Playstation before the world of home gaming becomes more streaming-based and less focused on hardware.