PlayStation CEO John Kodera put his foot down today and announced that the next PlayStation console, presumably the PlayStation 5, is still years away from release.
"We will use the next three years to prepare the next step, to crouch down so that we can jump higher in the future," Kodera said according to the Wall Street Journal. This follows similar statements from Sony earlier which said that the PlayStation 4 was nearing the end of its life cycle.
Kodera's comments topped off a week of furious speculation following Sony's "end of life cycle" comment, but tracks generally with what we've been led to believe with the PS5. Namely that Sony won't have a hardware announcement at this year's E3, and that the PS5 is still some years away from release.
Given these time frames, we could expect the PS5 sometime in 2021. But before that Sony will be sticking with its current strategy of focusing on exclusive releases, and price drops for PlayStation consoles.
"We need to depart from the traditional way of looking at the console life cycle," said Kodera. "We're no longer in a time when you can think just about the console or just about the network like they're two different things," Kodera added in reference to Sony's online subscription service.
The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are unique in that both Sony and Microsoft launched 4K upgrades midway through their console's life cycle, the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X respectively. However, these consoles didn't seem to extend their console's life cycle, but rather gave players an added option for how they want to play their games.
So the PS5 coming sometime in 2021 would be the next true step for the console, and also one of the longest gaps between console generations at eight years. An impressive feat that could already signal the start in the changing attitudes towards console life cycles.
For our own take on the PS5, check out our PS5 guide on what the system could be like in terms or specs and power.