Sony Comments On The Future of the PS4 Hardware Generation

Could we use these comments to speculate on when a PS5 may come?

Posted By | On 01st, Aug. 2017 Under News | Follow This Author @Pramath1605


There’s been so much speculation about the PS5- we all expect it, but what form it will take, and when it will be out, is not something that we can find consensus on, especially after the PS4 Pro put a wrench in the traditional life cycle of a PlayStation console.

However, speaking in Sony’s financial results meeting earlier today, Deputy President and Chief Financial Officer Kenichiro Yoshida touched upon the topic of the future of the PlayStation 4 life cycle- at least a little bit. He noted that every console generation has a point where hardware sales and software sales touch a peak- and the PS4 hit the former point last year, and it is expected to hit the latter point this year. Once this happens, the company expects the PS4’s profit structure to stabilize.

The implication here – though of course they haven’t said this, and this is just my speculation – may be that Sony will now begin to look onwards to the future, now that the PS4 has hit its expected peaks. If so, a PS5 may be coming a few years into the future- though we may still be a while off from its eventual announcement and release.

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  • Mike Clyne

    Well, it was about 4 years in when Sony said PS3 peaked in the exact way they’re talking about PS4 here and that ended up a what…8 year cycle?
    I’m not saying PS4 will last that long without 5 coming out, just that them mentioning a peak doesn’t mean anything is coming too soon, either.
    Personally, based off nothing but my gut, I’m predicting a 2019 PS5 launch. Possibly 2020. But no earlier than 2019, unless Xbox One X sells huge.

    But it won’t.

    • LifeOnMars

      It will be released late 2019 at the earliest.
      It will be no less than 10 teraflops.(Full 4K 60fps)
      It will be fully backward compatible with PS4 and PS4 Pro games.
      It will cost no more than the XBox One X price when released.($399)
      It will outsell the XBox One X world wide.
      It will be Backward compatible with PS 4 peripherals .

    • Eddie Battikha

      Yup u hit spot on except for the B/C Sony doesnt care for it PS5 will be a clean break an actual generational leap. Well see how it goes down Fall 2019.

    • LifeOnMars

      Only time will tell, but I think it will be B/C with pro games as the current architecture is scalable .

    • Eddie Battikha

      Pro games are PS4 games there are no Exclusives its same architecture as PS4 just upgraded. PS5 will be a New Gpu, Cpu and Ram. Extremely slim chance of B/C trust me, we’ll see though. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.vg247.com/2017/06/05/why-would-anybody-play-this-says-sonys-jim-ryan-about-backwards-compatibility/amp/

    • Eddie Battikha

      Sony’s stance over BC is pretty simple, they don’t believe that people are going to use a next generation consoles. I think this is deeply troubling for PS5 and regards to PS4 BC on the console.

      IMO if they are saying things like this about BC then it pretty shows their philosophy regarding BC for the next generation Consoles.

      PS3 had a PS2 chip inside to ensure backwards compatibility, yet it was expensive to make and PS3 was a major money loss for years because of that. PS3 and PS4 can’t do BC because of technical problems regarding Cell and X86-64.

      It’s possible that they may have technical problems getting BC onto the next gen PS5. The Ryzen and Jaguar architecture are significantly different and without abstraction for their software, their software will no longer be compatible due to the difference in the instruction set for the Ryzen Architecture and the PS4 software that ran on Jaguar. The PS4 had problems running PS4 games for a while and needed a boost mode and a specific patch to make it work.

      We don’t know about how the PS4 OS and it’s applications are designed.

      It’s deeply concerning about Sony’s stance on BC and the future of BC on PS5. If PS4 Pro had problems running PS4 games when running on essentially the same hardware but overclocked, imagine when everything is different inside the PS5.

      I think it shows how long term Microsoft was when designing their Xbox OS, ALL their games are inside a VM, so it’s more adaptive to architecture changes than what PS4 OS is.

    • LifeOnMars

      B/C has never been a deal breaker for me.I had the original ps3 that could play PS2 I found I didn’t use it a lot. As for my ps4 I just held onto the PS3 and I found that I hardly used it at all.PS5 may well be backward comparable if not I will hold on to my PS4.
      Time will tell there is no need for Sony to release PS5 for a few years

    • Eddie Battikha

      Ya i never cared for B/C, PS5 is launching Fall 2019 without a doubt. Microsoft is ending Console Generations while Sony isnt. They’re both moving to 3 year hardware refresh cycles. Sony is moving on with the PS4, PS4 Pro setup as thats easily thrir best stratagey going forward. PS5 Fall 2019, PS5 Pro Fall 2022.

    • greatnessIsaLIE

      Haha that’s sound like what the ps5 would be like if Microsoft developed it.
      Don’t hold your breathe when it comes to Sony and backwards compatability.
      I hope they do it but with them making so much money from remaster I don’t think they’ll waste any on bc.

    • LifeOnMars

      The main difference would be the Sony AAA exclusives.

    • greatnessIsaLIE

      You mean the Japanese aaa exclusives? Dude when only a fraction of the player base buys those, it should indicate that it’s nothing to brag about. You can brag about it but to 9 out of 10 people it’ll be irrelevant.
      Some are good really good though.

    • LifeOnMars

      Enjoy your Netflix.

    • greatnessIsaLIE

      And hulu, amazon, sling, kudi,iptv, and over 20 console library of games to choose from. OK enjoy you’re crunchy roll which is also available on xb1.

    • LifeOnMars

      Pity about the game thou.

    • greatnessIsaLIE

      What that the xb1 can play more Playstation games than the ps4? For free?
      Or that there are over 1300 official games on xb1 plus about 400 backwards compatible games. Oh ok.
      I can play more games on my Xbox than you have ever even heard of.
      Go pay 40 bucks for crash. I’ll play the one I paid 40 for 20 years ago on my xb1.lol

    • LifeOnMars

      Go play

    • greatnessIsaLIE

      I do. It’s great playing classics like Dino crisis or wrestle mania 2000 with 4 players it’s a great gaming machine

    • LifeOnMars

      Please enlighten me on how and what Playstation games you can play on Xbox One for free.

    • greatnessIsaLIE

      You can play all ps1 and ps2 games even games that are region locked. Like exclusive Japanese market games like Evangelion for ps1.
      You can also play nes,snes,n64,gamecube, dream cast, Sega gen, Sega saturn, mame, gb, gba, and we’ll you get the picture. It’s all on a console straight out of the box…..no mods and 100 percent online legal.

    • LifeOnMars

      So you have to own the original game.

    • greatnessIsaLIE

      I’m a video game collector. I own soo many games. I had my employees upload them to different hard drives.
      I do it legally but you could just down load every single ps1 game to your one drive if you like so you won’t actually need the game.
      It’s tough to talk about here because these sites don’t like us talking about emulation. Even if it is legal. I’m going to stop talking about it before I ruin it.lol

    • LifeOnMars

      Surely that can’t be legal, if it is legal then in a few months I may pick up 2nd hand Xbox One S for a £100. But would I need a Gold subscripion ?.

    • Eddie Battikha

      Sony without a doubt is switching to 3 year hardware refresh cycles with the PS4 and PS4 Pro set up contuing on, The launch of a Next Gen Playstation and then a Pro Version 3 years after and reset back to Next Gen 3 years after the Pro which makes 6 years of B/C at a $399 launch each launch is Sonys best strategy moving forward every 3 years makes the most sense strategically. The Last Of Us launched in 2013 and then later in the Fall PS4 launched Fall 2013. Itll happen again with The Last Of US 2 in 2019 and with other PS4 Exclusives like Death Stranding and Sucker Punches new ip which i heard is a melee combat cyberpunk game. PS5 is launching Fall 2019 which is also Playstations 25th Anniversary.

  • DA-ROOSTER

    The PS4 is peaking and it’s very profitable for Sony plus the PS4 PRO is still in it’s early years Sony is not in any hurry to hit the reset button with a PS5 no matter what the PlayStation fanboys want,
    so don’t expect a PS5 release until 2021 at the earliest

    • Holeybartender

      Stop saying ‘the’ PlayStation fanboys,it’s ‘some’. The PlayStation fanboys know about console cycles and the expectations of when the next generation begins.

    • Eddie Battikha

      2021 LMFAO a 8 year cycle for PS4 the guy is a goner.

    • Eddie Battikha

      2021 nice try Rookie Blue LOL try Fall 2019, dont worry ill get back to u about it for sure. Sony is switching to 3 year hardware refresh cycles. The PS4, PS4 Pro cycle will continue on as thats Sonys best stratagey going forward. PS5 Fall 2019, PS5 Pro Fall 2022. Dont forget Fall 2019 is PlayStations 25th Anniversary.

  • DA-ROOSTER

    PlayStation fanboys are begging for a PS5 because of them losing their console power advantage to the Xbox One X but Sony is making a killing on the PS4 and the PS4 PRO is still in it’s early lifecycle Sony is not gonna rush out a PS5 just so to calm the PlayStation fanboys who are upset no Sony is gonna release a PS5 when it’s financially needed so don’t expect a PS5 until 2021 at the earliest

    • Holeybartender

      PlayStation fanboys are begging? No, gaming sites are begging…begging you to enter a click-bait article by fuelling a fire of a nonexistent issue.

    • greatnessIsaLIE

      Just give it a year and they’ll be begging. The ones that aren’t beggers will just get an xbox, but the beggers will stick it out with sony.

  • S. Cruz

    No need for a ps5, ps4 will still outsell the Xbx. Sony can just cut the prices on both models, so Sony is in a great spot, no need to release a console for a while. Power power blah blah resolution never made a game better.

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    • Learned Handgun

      kettle meet pot

    • kma99

      Umm it had nothing to do with you. You’re not that important.

    • greatnessIsaLIE

      Sony themselves said that higher resolutions make you a better gamer. Sorry but you’re wrong according to sony.

    • S. Cruz

      Lol nice

  • Holeybartender

    We know PS5 is 3 years off because the Pro is a MID-CYCLE refresh and it’s not even a year old.

    • Eddie Battikha

      Fall 2019 it is for PS5. Sonys last 3 Big Exclusives in 2019 are Death Stranding, Sucker Punches new ip which i heard is a melee combat cyberpunk game and The Last Of Us 2.

  • greatnessIsaLIE

    The ps4 can stick around for a while,but with more and more games looking better on xb1x. It will end up making the Sony brand look inferior over the next few years.
    As long as the ps4 is the best selling console and the Xbox the best console. I would like a ps5 in 2 years though. There’s nothing wrong with new hardware.


 

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