Sony president and CEO Kenichiro Yoshida has let slip that the company is planning the release of a next-generation PlayStation.
“At this point, what I can say is it’s necessary to have a next-generation hardware,”
Yoshida’s comments were in response to a debate over how Sony should address the rising global $70 billion smartphone games market and the shifting habits of consumers as it readies game studios and the global market for a PlayStation 4 successor. Early indications were that the next-gen PlayStation might have a similar fundamental architecture to PlayStation 4 and not represent a major departure from the console added with the recent news on this patent, Sony might be looking to make the next-gen console with backwards-compatibility.
Right now there is still a lot of speculation on when this next-gen hardware will be revealed and released but some analysts are predicting around the year 2020 or 2021 or maybe as early as 2019.
We will just have to wait for more confirmation from Sony in the near future.