PS5 Confirmed by Sony Executive: 2018? 2019? 2020?

PS5 ConfirmedIf the announcement of the PS4 Pro had you worried about the future of PlayStation, and ultimately a PS5, it’s time to put your fears to rest. Sony Interactive Entertainment America boss, Shawn Layden, has confirmed that PS4 Pro won’t be the last we see of the PlayStation brand.

Furthermore, new rumors are pointing to a possible 2018 release date for the PS5. While PS4 Pro is going to ease the market into 4K, it’s clear that it’s simply a means to an end. Let’s find out what Sony’s planning, shall we?

Sony Exec: “There Will Be More PlayStations.”

Sony gave us all a collective heart attack when President Shuhei Yoshida said the PS5 is an “if,” signifying that Sony was unsure of the PS5’s future. Thankfully, we can put those rumors to rest. After the PlayStation Meeting, The Verge caught up with Shawn Layden, head of SIEA and the PlayStation Worldwide Studios group.

During the interview, Shawn was asked about future PlayStations in the wake of this new announcement. Specifically he was asked if the next step is a PS5. Here’s his response:

“Right now we were concentrating on how do we iterate within this PS4 life cycle. The technology and improvements behind PS4 Plus are our way of articulating where we think the market wants to go. People will want to have greater fidelity of images and graphics. Where we go from there, we’re going to have to wait and see. It’s our first time innovating within the life cycle, so I’m not exactly sure what impact that will have on our plan going forward. But there will be more PlayStations.”

That right there is enough to confirm we’ll see a PS5 at some point in the future. The showcase at the PlayStation Meeting for the PS4 Pro didn’t appear to be a massive upgrade, so the biggest question about the PS5 will be how it pushes the boundaries of graphics and gameplay.

Will the next PlayStation be another small step forward, an iteration as it were? Or, will we see a generational leap worthy of the name “PS5?” That is certainly the question, but PlayStation boss, Andrew House, has said in the past that he’s not too keen on shortening the console lifecycle.
In an interview prior to E3 2016 with The Guardian, House made it clear that PS4 Pro isn’t a generational leap, but he also cautioned against shortening life cycles:

”I’m not suggesting we want to bring the games industry to an 18-month-two-year cycle because then you would lose an awful lot of the fixed platform benefits we’ve enjoyed that allow for these really great leaps in game experience.

However, we did think there was an opportunity to reflect on the traditional lifecycle, and on 4K technology, and say maybe there’s an opportunity, within the course of a normal lifecycle to offer something else. Something a little bit better, for a segment of the market that feels that this is important.”

So, it’s fair to say that the PS5 will offer this generational leap we’re looking for in a brand new generation of consoles. Now the only question remaining, is when will we see it?

New Rumors Point to a 2018 Release Date For PS5

It’s fair to say we won’t see the PS5 in the next year. Andrew House has also said that this will be the PlayStation lineup for a “substantial period of time.” That being said, the PS4 Pro will be outclassed quickly in the next few years, especially if Microsoft’s claims that Project Scorpio will be more powerful are to be believed.

This would push Sony into releasing the PS5 to keep up with the times. Of course, a 2018 date is pure speculation at this point. That being said, it’s a theory being supported by Wall Street Journal’s Takashi Mochizuki via his Twitter.

The prediction comes from analyst Damian Thong who is famous for accurately predicting the PS4 Pro and Slim before they were announced. It’s not much to go on yet, but it’s something to think about. It would make sense, given the roadmap laid out by Microsoft for Scorpio.

What do you think? Would you like to see the PS5 in 2018? Let us know in the comments!

Article by – Bradley Ramsey

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futre and beyond
with the release of the holadeck type gaming system ps is aiming for we can only hope for bigger things then vr in ps5

John guerra
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Ps4/ps5
Well to be honest if the power does not surpass the pro then why even bother don’t sell us the same thing twice.

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Terry Gersdorf

PS4 Pro 500 Million Limited Edition Vs PS5
I already sold my PS4 Pro 500 Million edition since I knew the PS5 will be out by Christmas

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2018 PS5 Release
I want Sony to release the PS5 this year. I don’t feel like waiting another 2 or 3 years for a new console.

Lukas
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Lukas

PS5
But if we wait til 2019 it would have all the stuff we like. I would like to have fortnight forza horizon 3.

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Ps5?; not yet!
Having done a bit of reading regarding some of the exciting technological advancements that are going to happen over the next couple of years, I would like to see Sony hold back a little while, until they are perhaps able to implement some of this into their new console. Also. I would like Sony to produce a console that is able to proficiently run elder scrolls 6 when it is finally released; an ambitious title (according to Bethesda) which is likely going to require some serious hardware!.

geukes
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geukes

Ps5
Iets hope they release it in 2018 the faster they do it the better cant wait

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I need 4k 60fps or at least
I need 4k 60fps or at least 1080p 60fps and when I say 60fps I mean solid 60fps.

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Chris G

Too soonTons of people just now purchased the ps4 slims or pro, to release ps5 in 2018 would ultimately lead to bad sales due to most people having fresh new ps4s in their houses. It is highly unlikely those people would want to go spend another 4-500 dollars for a new playstation when their slim/pro is brand new, I say atleast wait til 2019 or 2020, and for those of you who demand sony release ps5 by no later than 2018 to keep up with Microsoft. This isn’t good because demanding they rush out a console will only lead to… Read more »

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No, PS5 is not wanted or needed! It is unnecessary.It would be extremely impractical for it to be released before 2019. They have and average time of 6 years before they are replaced. Also, there are several games that have been planned for the PS4 that have yet to be even developed, let alone translated. FFVII REMAKE RESIDENT EVIL 2 REMAKE YAKUZA 2 REMAKE YAKUZA 3 & 4 PORTS YAKUZA 5 first retail release in the West YAKUZA 6 KINGDOM HEARTS 3 and so on… There is no way we can realistically expect them to all be released in the… Read more »

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PS5
Yessss all games on VR can’t wait for it, hope next year we’ll see it coming……..the XBOX ONE X will die

Max
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Max

Ps5
In 5 years I would love to see PS 70 the rate they going,they selling u same thing for more money,and you keep buying it. Now that’s funny 🙂

Chris
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Chris

PS5
No 2018 is too early for a PS5 release it in 2020. I still need to buy more games for my PS4

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I Would Love To See The PS5 in 2018!
I would love to see the PS5 in 2018 because I don’t have a PS4 and am waiting for the PS5.

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If this is true, I would
If this is true, I would prefer wait for Playstation 5 Pro in the spring of 2019 then.

youssif
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youssif

no need for ps5 at this time
The ps4 pro is supposed to be a normal ps4 but with some enhancements but the ps4 period shouldn’t be over yet as it should be ending in 2020 at least. Every console had a long period for minimum of 10 years. I know that there is the 4k and the tech is getting better and better everyday but the ps4 should take its time till the last breath

alex
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alex

ps5 come on
i will like to see ps5 in the 2nd half of 2018

Eddie Battikha
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Eddie Battikha

PlayStation 5
I’m having fun with my PS4 Pro on my LGB6, I just can’t wait for a Next Gen System, PS5 Fall 2018 I hope so.

Chris
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Interesting
IF PlayStation 5 does happen, I hope it’s Sony’s last console.

Anymore PlayStation or Xbox consoles, will likely drive consumers away and switch to PC.

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lmao some sweat made this
lmao some sweat made this bunch of lies, Xboxmasterrace