Some experts say that the console and PC will be irrelevant very soon: cloud gaming services will make dedicated and powerful hardware unnecessary, but Sony doesn’t seem to agree. Kenichiro Yoshida, CEO of Sony, doesn’t, and in an interview with the Financial Times he has made it clear that there will be a new PlayStation, although he has not confirmed whether the name of that console will be PlayStation 5.
John Kodera, president of Sony Interactive Entertainment, mentioned months ago in The Wall Street Journal how the company was working on new developments in this area. In fact he mentioned to analysts and investors that in March 2021 PlayStation would “crouch down once” to grow further in the future.
Those statements now join those of Yoshida, who stressed that hardware is still important. In fact he stated that “At this point, what I can say is it’s necessary to have a next-generation hardware”. Sony may be somewhat conditioned since Microsoft already confirmed that they were working on new generations of their Xbox One console, but that confirmation is in any case important.
Some may doubt the future of a hypothetical PlayStation 5 that will compete with both mobile phones and cloud gaming, but in the past we saw how the launch of the PS4 also faced similar reflections and the console has ended up being an overwhelming success. The same could be said of the Nintendo Switch, although both the PS4 Pro and the Xbox One X do not seem to have generated the interest that their creators probably expected. And yet, the hardware still matters, and Sony seems to have that very clear. Source: GamesIndustry