Will The PS5 Be The Last PlayStation? PlayStation CEO Says “I Actually Don't Know”
With Sony finally talking about its next console, we're beginning to learn what the next generation of hardware holds. It's obviously more powerful, but more than ever it will rely on servers and data centres to deliver games to your console. It also won't be a separate generation, the PS5 (or whatever Sony ends up calling it) will play all your PS4 games and you will be able to play against players who are running games on a last generation console. It raises questions about the future of games hardware and whether we'll see another generation of consoles or a greater move to cloud-based games. It turns out Sony isn't sure there will ever by a PlayStation 6.
In a wide-ranging interview with CNET, PlayStation's CEO Jim Ryan was asked if he things the next PlayStation will be the last and he was candid in his answer.
"What I think is: I actually don't know," Ryan said. "I've been around awhile, and I sat there in 2012 and listened to all sorts of smart people tell me about mobile and that the PlayStation 4 was going to be the most terrible failure ever.
"The logic was actually hard to fault. But we believed in that product then, we believe in this next generation product now. Who knows how it might evolve? Hybrid models between console and some sort of cloud model? Possibly that. I just don't know. And if I did know, I wouldn't tell you."
While Microsoft isn't yet talking about it, it's clearly moving towards a future where its consoles don't run on physical media. The fact it's launched an all-digital Xbox One S, the days of the disc drive are numbered. Future games will be accessible through the Xbox Store and Game Pass, but you'll be locked into Microsoft's marketplaces. And Google's Stadia, or any of the other streaming services that are in development, will take the need for powerful gaming hardware and keep it solely in its data centres, letting you play high-spec games on simple streaming devices.
This could well be the last generation of mainstream consoles that we have running games in our own homes.
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