I’m sure by now you have seen the many rumours circulating the internet that the PS5 is on its way. I’m also sure you know someone, who knows someone who says he has an uncle who already saw the PS5 and it looks amazing (why do you get these idiots?). The PS5 is inevitably going to happen, of that, there is no doubt and they’re surely already deep into development stages with it as they do with every console generation, but the ex-PlayStation boss believes the PS4 is here to stay for a while.
In a discussion with Mike Vorhaus at the GamesBeat conference he had the following to say when asked about the lifespan of current consoles:
I’m very bullish on longer life cycles for consoles. Consoles are so under-represented and under-penetrated in so many markets around the globe. There’s so much potential. Let’s not forget that China is still largely [untapped].
Furthermore he was asked about the possibility that the next generation consoles might not come with the ability to play physical media. His answer:
I don’t have any firm knowledge on this, but my sense is that you will see the disc around in the industry for a while. If you’re going to tap into some of these [developing] markets, then allowing for that more traditional physical purchase model as an option is probably no bad thing.
Don’t be surprised if we receive two options in the next generation from either Sony or Microsoft that has an SKU option that comes without the ability to play physical discs. The digital space is taking over slowly but surely and many people would opt for that instead, should it be a little cheaper.
For now be aware that the PS5 rumours are circling all over the show, but until Sony officially states anything that you should take it with a large pinch of salt. Also, Andrew House played a massive part in making the PS4 what it is today and probably knows how long Sony plan to keep the PS4 going. After all, why would they want to stop the success that is the PS4?