Could Sony Be Making a New Console?
As the big three (Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo) square off in a battle for console supremacy, fans have known that it was only a matter of time before one of those companies began developing the next big thing. It looks as if Sony is the one to start the ball rolling. Recently speaking to the Financial Times, Sony CEO Kenichiro Yoshida had this to say concerning their brand: “At this point, what I can say is it’s necessary to have a next-generation hardware.”
This somewhat ambiguous statement concerning future hardware all but confirms that Sony is currently working on a next-generation console. The big question is what will it be?
PlayStation 5 on the Horizon?
For many players, it is not a surprise that Sony is working on new gaming hardware. During E3 2018, the company capped off their presentations by looking at two game titles that would be “next generation,” Starfield and Elder Scrolls VI. For these games to be “next-gen” they will need next-generation hardware to be played. These games may very well be launch titles for the upcoming system.
Whether or not this will be a PlayStation 5 is unknown. It is possible that Sony has something new on the horizon; something that will integrate VR and hi-res components into the system’s gameplay, but all of this is purely speculation.
Leading the Pack, but Not Alone
Sony has not been the only company subject to speculation. Microsoft recently announced the name for its newest streaming service called Project xCloud, which will allow for Xbox One games to be streamed directly to one’s mobile device. There are also rumors of a next-gen console being developed at Microsoft codenamed “Scarlett,” and will consist of traditional hardware and a “streaming box.” Even Nintendo has suggested that it is creating a newer version of the Switch.
A little speculation is always entertaining, but only time will tell if any of these rumors have actual merit. Seeing as the average market lifespan of a modern 21st-century game console is about 6 years, it would not surprise if all of these rumors are true.