Sony may be moving the next PlayStation console into development, and the Internet thinks it knows its code name.
As ResetEra user Gemüsepizza discovered while poking around in Unreal Engine 4, there’s a new list of consoles included in the development tool—including one console nobody has heard of yet. In addition to listing the PlayStation 4, Xbox, Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, and “Other” categories, the list contains a reference to “Platform_Name_Erebus.”
So, why jump to the conclusion that this is referencing a new PlayStation console? First of all, Erebus is listed side-by-side with the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in a different part of the system (separate from the PC and mobile game development sections). We’ve already heard some rumors about the next Xbox One console, and that system is code-named Scarlett.
Even more convincingly, though, is the name “Erebus” itself. Erebus is a name taken from Greek Mythology, and all the past versions of the PS4 have had similarly-themed code names. The base PS4 was “Orbis,” the PS4 Pro was “Neo,” and PlayStation VR was “Morpheus.”
Since this new console follows so closely in line with the other consoles in the PS4 generation, though, it’s possible that this new console might be some sort of second iteration of a PS4 Pro, rather than a jump straight to the PlayStation 5. Rumors have suggested that we won’t be seeing a PlayStation 5 until 2020 or later, adding another point in favor of the argument that this is a new improvement in the PS4 generation rather than a jump to next-gen systems. However, 2020 is fast approaching, and if Erebus takes its time in development, this may indeed be our first glimpse of the next system.
We’ll keep an eye out for more information on Erebus as it emerges.