Sony has confirmed it is developing a next-generation PlayStation console to succeed the PlayStation 4.
In an interview with the Financial Times, Sony president and CEO Kenichiro Yoshida said: “At this point, what I can say is it’s necessary to have a next-generation hardware.”
Kenichiro did not confirm if this console will be called the PlayStation 5 or when we will see its release. However, some industry analysts are predicting we could see the next-generation console in 2020 or 2021 – while others predict it could be as soon as Christmas 2019.
Sony Interactive Entertainment’s CEO John Kodera has already confirmed the PlayStation 4 is coming to the end of its life cycle, so confirmation of a next-generation PlayStation console is not surprising.
However, development of a new PlayStation console means it will be going head-to-head with the next Xbox (codenamed Xbox Scarlett), which is rumored to be releasing in 2020.