Sony’s latest update to the PlayStation 4 didn’t seem to do much, but the latest rumors suggest it could have something to do with the PlayStation 5—and a huge update to the PlayStation Network in general.
The PS4’s latest update, dubbed 6.00, seemed like it should have been a big update. Usually, when firmware updates jump up a number (in this case, going from the 5.xx series to 6.00), something major has changed. According to the patch notes, though, update 6.00 brought only an increase in “system performance.”
While we don’t know what other changes update 6.00 brought, Jez Corden of Windows Central reports rumors that Sony is working on a “big infrastructure/platform update for PSN,” which would be set up on the PS4 before the console generation ends. Apparently, this update would have something to do with cloud gaming services.
Heard a few rumors Sony might be working on a big infrastructure/platform update for PSN in time for PS5. They’re not resting on their laurels when it comes to cloud it seems.
— Jez-chan (@JezCorden) September 13, 2018
Sony already offers some cloud-based services in the form of PlayStatation Now, so it’s possible that these rumored updates could be a major rework of that system. Some also speculate that the seemingly lackluster update 6.00 is laying the groundwork for this change, though nothing that players can see has yet been modified.
There’s still a lot we don’t know about the PlayStation 5, but it’s suspected the next console won’t be out until 2020 or later. Still, that means that the system is likely in development now, and we’ll begin hearing more rumors about it over the next year or two.
Source: Jez Corden on Twitter