Sony is taking a big bet on streaming for the PlayStation 5 generation. Not only does the company expect to double its streaming capabilities, but even hints at expanding PlayStation streaming services like PlayStation Now beyond just consoles.
Sony detailed more of its next-gen and PS5 plans in a meeting with investors. In a series of slides, Sony showcased some additional details about the PS5, including a speed test that shows the PS5 trouncing the PS4 in computing power. But another key component for the PS5 generation is streaming, and Sony is apparently aggressive about its plans for PlayStation Now.
In a slide titled "Role of Streaming in Next Gen," Sony says its vision is "A massively enhanced PlayStation community where enriched and shared PlayStation experiences can be seamlessly enjoyed independent of time and place – with or without a console."
In the future Sony expects to support 1080p and beyond, "maximize off-console opportunity," and essentially increase the growth of PlayStation now by 50%.
Sony's focus on cloud and streaming technology was made evident last week when Sony and Microsoft signed an agreement to cooperate on the development of cloud technologies. Google and Microsoft have already announced their own cloud streaming services, and even companies like Walmart are reportedly interested in the technology.
What's most interesting about Sony's vision for streaming is how the company is exploring ways to deliver "PlayStation experiences" for use without a console. This could mean that apps like PlayStation Now or PlayStation Network could find its way on other hardware, just like rumors that Xbox Live is going to be released on other hardware.
In the meantime, the PlayStation 4 is still Sony's focus. Anticipated games like The Last of Us Part 2 and Death Stranding are confirmed to still release on the PS4. Check out our PS5 guide for our complete coverage of Sony's next console.