Published: Wed, October 10, 2018
Electronics | By Shannon Stone

Sony confirms a 'next-generation' PlayStation is in development

Sony confirms a 'next-generation' PlayStation is in development

Currently, details on the new system were not disclosed and Sony refuses to give the console a name for the time being.

It makes sense that Sony is working on its next generation of hardware, given that the PS4 is now 5 years into its lifecycle. The prospect of using a quick and easy means of upscaling old games and getting them to work could effectively provide that, hence the excitement around the discovery of Sony's patent. As consumers find ways to game beyond traditional gaming-dedicated hardware, the development of such hardware naturally comes into question. The PlayStation 3 was also a commercial success. Each was its own hardware "generation", more capable than the previous generation.

It clearly feels that the future of gaming remains with the home console.

It's most likely that the former is true, however, sources apparently "in the know" told Financial Times that the next PlayStation might "represent a major departure from the PS4, and that the fundamental architecture was similar". That's not such a surprise: More than ever, players are demanding that their digital game libraries carry forward. Some believe it's an indication backward compatibility is returning to the brand, courtesy of the PlayStation 5.

Instead, it launched a remastering programme, but gamers are keen to see backwards compatibility return for the PlayStation 5.

Given that the PlayStation 4 continues to sell tremendously well, it's no surprise that Sony would want to hold off for as long as possible.

There's at least one other good reason that Sony isn't moving on from the PlayStation 4 just yet - the PlayStation 4 Pro exists. It plays the same games, but makes them look prettier and load more quickly.

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