The PS5, PlayStation 5, or whatever Sony decides to call its next console isn’t going to be revealed soon. In an E3 2017 interview with Golem.de (translated by VG247) Sony President and CEO Shawn Layden has said it would “probably be some time” before the reveal of the PS5.
In addition to this, Layden categorically denied that we’d see any PS4 Pro exclusive titles. He stated that it “will never happen!”
“With the Playstation 4 Pro we have for the first time implemented this kind of innovation within the life cycle of a console,” said Layden.
“The Pro is really only to offer advantages such as 4K resolutions and HMD for players who can and want to use that. Add to this a more stable image rate and larger hard disk space. But [PS4 owners have] no real disadvantages. Each of our games will continue to run on the classic PS4 and possibly slightly better on the Pro.”
While its heartening to know that Sony is sticking to its policies for the PS4 and PS4 Pro - allowing a shared library of games, it’s Layden’s comment on the PS5 that undoubtedly garners more attention.
Reason being, this comes after Macquarie Capital Securities analyst Damian Thong predicted that Sony could release the PS5 in 2018.
His prediction was cited in a Wall Street Journal report on Sony’s recent financial earnings wherein it came to light that the company shipped 60 million PS4s.
In the past, Thong correctly suggested that Sony would release the PS4 Slim and PS4 Pro, which lends some credence to his statements this time around.
Though we can’t help but feel that this would be a bit premature. Reason being the PS4 Pro just released in 2016 — launching a new console, belonging to the same generation as the PS4 or otherwise seems unwise. More so considering how well the PS4 is selling, tracking in line with Sony’s most successful console, the PS2.