It’s the calm before the storm. A strange lull in activity, that kicks off just before Microsoft and Sony take to the stage to announce that something new is on the way. While the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are far from dead (BRING OUT YER DEAD), their days are most definitely numbered. The time for a new console generation is nigh, and you can bet that something is happening behind closed doors right now across the planet.
So sayeth ResetEra’s resident industry analyst Daniel Ahmad, who uploaded projections for Sony’s next-generation console. Ahmad reckons that the Game and Network Services division is in for a pretty good year, alluding to the PlayStation 5 and how it happens to be consuming first-party resources lately. “2019 will be another solid year for the platform due to the large install base, growing network sales, strong third party software, first party software and back catalog. Lineup for the first half of the year is set but second half is still in flux,” Ahmad wrote.
Sony also has a couple of unannounced games (already existing IP) with PS4 in mind but I’m conscious that there have been discussions around making them cross gen/next gen titles. In general, most of the focus for Sony 1P is on PS5 right now. It is still early to talk about next gen but I imagine we’ll hear some whispers come out of GDC. PS5 dev kits are out there and I’ve heard positive things about it. But I wouldn’t expect any information in the immediate future.
Makes sense. Towards the end of the PlayStation 3 lifecycle, there was a decrease in first-party content that was instead used for the launch of the PS4, although with technology being what it is, there’s a high chance that some of those PS5 launch games could make their way to PS4 as well. You don’t just kick a consumer fanbase to the curb that quick after all.
As for what those launch games could be? I’ve got a sneaking suspicion that Ghost of Tsushima and The Last of Us Part 2 would fit the bill nicely. It’s not that Sony is hurting currently, but after an amazing 2018, the PlayStation 4 only has Days Gone and Dreams to truly look forward to. Sony is going radio silent at E3 this year and the second half of 2019 looks more barren than my IQ test scores.
That being said, I wouldn’t say no to the PlayStation 5 launching with a new InFAMOUS game. C’mon Sony, make my day.
Last Updated: January 30, 2019