Sony CEO Kenichiro Yoshida has acknowledged in an interview that there will be a new PlayStation.
There have been little murmurs floating around about a new PlayStation for a little while. The idea of us being pretty close to a new console generation isn't a new one, with various rumours about the shape and function of the potential system flying quietly around the rumour mill. With us being basically 5 years into the PlayStation 4's life, it's not surprising that talk about what's coming in the next year or two has already started.
If you thought that maybe generations might have gone with iterative consoles like the PlayStation Pro and Xbox One X, well it looks like you'd be wrong. Speaking to the Financial Times, Sony boss Kenichiro Yoshida has said pretty definitively that we are getting a brand new Sony console and thus, generation. When asked about the prospect about a new console, he said:
At this point, what I can say is it's necessary to have a next-generation hardware.
Yoshida declined to say if the console would be called a PlayStation 5… but I'm going to say that it's a pretty safe bet. The article went on to acknowledge rumours flying around about the hardware, saying it could have "a tablet that would connect to multiple devices" but also notes that they don't expect the console to be a radical departure.
The buzz of a new console generation is always exciting for gaming fans with it only coming 5 to 10 years at a time. Here's hoping that whatever form the next PlayStation comes in, it can carry on the excellent legacy of the current hardware.