The start of this week has been an intriguing one for the world of gaming. We’ve seen the likes of Google and Microsoft announce streaming services for games in a bid to disrupt the industry in much the same way that Netflix has for TV. Where then does a seasoned gaming hardware manufacturer like Sony fit in the picture?
Well their CEO Kenichiro Yoshida recently sat down with The Financial Times (paywall), with the publication framing their discussion around the rise of mobile gaming and the use of smartphones for this burgeoning segment of the market.
One of the more interesting quotes to come out the interview though, was Yoshida’s comments around a successor for the PS4.
“At this point, what I can say is it’s necessary to have a next-generation hardware,” said the CEO.
While Yoshida did not explicitly mention the name PlayStation 5, it seems like he is hinted at such.
That said he could also be speaking about some sort of new console form factor.
The words “next-gen” don’t necessarily mean an update of the usual look and feel we’ve gotten from past PlayStation consoles, and we could even see the company try to do something similar to the Nintendo Switch, which has performed solidly since releasing.
PlayStation has tried to make cross-platform gameplay work in the past by pairing their DualShock controllers with specific Xperia smartphones, so perhaps they’ll give it another go with a brand new piece (or pieces) of hardware.
As such, you can read what you want into the Yoshida’s comments for now.
With Google, Microsoft and others all looking at streaming as the answer for the future of gaming, Sony will certainly have to evaluate how it plans to remain one of the leaders in the industry.
Add to that the PS4 console is now five years old, and an update could not hurt at all.