The next PlayStation console is at least three years away, according to the latest word from Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO John Kodera.
“We will use the next three years to prepare the next step, to crouch down so that we can jump higher in the future,” Kodera said (via The Wall Street Journal).
Kodera made a similar statement earlier this week when speaking to a group of analysts and investors, though it was phrased slightly differently. Then, he spoke about how the PlayStation 4 was entering its “final life cycle,” and expressed a similar sentiment that the company would focus on games and services until 2021 (as opposed to console hardware).
“We need to depart from the traditional way of looking at the console life cycle,” Kodera explained today. “We’re no longer in a time when you can think just about the console or just about the network like they’re two different things.”
Kodera added that Sony needs a “broader perspective” of mobile options, perhaps hinting that the company will push its presence in the mobile market in the future.
If the PlayStation 5 doesn’t arrive until 2021, it will mark the longest gap yet between PlayStation consoles. However, with incremental upgrades like the PlayStation 4 Pro, the console cycle as we know it may no longer be the model going forward.
Source: The Wall Street Journal