The PlayStation 5 is “up to the game creators”

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Next month, the PlayStation 4 will be a very fresh two years of age. In the older console life-cycles of years past, that’s about the right time for the PS4 to have a mid-life crisis. A desperate attempt to hold onto youth! A new motorcycle! Teeth-whitening! Yep, expect the PS4 to flaunt its success as it goes kicking and screaming into old age.

It’s not too hard to imagine that a successor console will be on the way soon, a PlayStation 5 which will feature games with graphics crisper than a PlayStation 3 era CGI scene. But if the last console cycle taught us anything, it’s that developers are more than happy to spend several years on one platform, before they become familiar with newer hardware.

And when it comes down to it, it’s up to those developers, who’ll determine the future of new consoles. That’s the word according to Sony Worldwide Studios President Shuhei Yoshida, who was asked by Mark Cerny (via Re/Code) about the eventual need for a PlayStation 5 console:

It’s really up to the game creators. If they still feel that we need more machine power – ‘We want to realize this and that and that, but we cannot do [it] with PS4? – if that’s the case, there’s a good reason to have PS5, so that developers can create their vision. So, we’ll see.

Console transitions are no joke. It’s not enough to just have better hardware which PC enthusiasts can scoff at (SCOFF. TO THE MAX!). The devices need to have a hook, an idea that keeps them relevant for years. The current crop of consoles certainly do have that hook, in the form of hardware that now allows for more video game sharing.

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What would a PlayStation 5 have then as a driving idea? Clouds, we reckon.

Last Updated: October 5, 2015

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  • Grand Admiral Chief
    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      The little cloud on the right is what powers the Vita.

      • RinceThat

        That Vita is a smart piece of tech. SO SAD that it will never be utalised properly.

        Absolutely no difference between Rayman Legends on the Vita compared to the PS4.

        Instead its the platform of choice for Japanese visual novels.

    • 40 Insane Frogs

      lol, the cloud is a lie!

  • HairyEwok

    PS4 is already 2 years old and how many games does it have on it now? Just want to do a compare against previous gens of the PS.

    • Grand Admiral Chief


      • HairyEwok

        Llewl.. I mean lol

    • Hammersteyn

      Dunno, but I’ve never regretted buying one.

      • Grand Admiral Chief

        Still waiting for a certain someone to ship me mine…

        • Hammersteyn

          LOL did I not say I’ll ship you one if I won one?

          • Grand Admiral Chief

            Indeed you did, so I’m still waiting

          • Hammersteyn

            I’m waiting for to throw me a bone 😛

    • WitWolfy

      It has like 30+ games.. Mostly multiplat obviously.. For now…

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    Play5tation XTREME!

    • HairyEwok

      To leet for me to read.

  • Marcel

    “The current crop of consoles certainly do have that hook, in the form of hardware that now allows for more video game sharing”

    Well, the hook of current consoles are definitely not their expansive catalog as release after release gets pushed back. It is hard to believe that the current gen stuff is already going into their 3rd year when you look at what has been released (and no, re-releases/indies don’t count).

    I think it would be interesting to see what games we had for PS3 in their 1st 2 years compared to what we have on the PS4. My feeling lately is that I bought a PS4 so I could play indies that could work on an entry level phone.

    • oVg

      True, its been slow, very slow. The 7th gen will always be the best because they focused more on the single player off-line experience. They are trying too hard to take over social media and the living room with the modern multi media console.

      But 2015 has been crazy. I played 3 games this year tht entered my top 10 best games of all time list.

      Next year we will see.

  • Milesh Bhana

    i think the success (or failure) of VR will play a major role in determining the featureset for the next-gen of consoles. Same way that last-gen tested the waters for 3D (and determined that it wasn’t worth persuing for the PS4/X1).

    Current gen is toying with procedurally generated world (No Man’s Sky). For next-gen launch, everyone will make one (like how everyone made a sandbox game for PS4 launch :D)

    Plastic instruments will come back… again.

  • RinceThat

    I can just about make out what it says on that tape.

    “Operation Intrude” 😛

  • RinceThat

    60fps 60fps 60fps 60fps 60fps 60fps 60fps 60fps 60fps 60fps 60fps 60fps 60fps


    DAM YOU MGSV I can never play a 30fps shooter ever again.

    60FPS FTW

  • Ashley Phillips

    Hi. I know i’m off topic, but does anybody know about fifa 16 that’s broken. you cant find any online players?

  • fred

    4k 60fps 2T hardrive , I have a dream .

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