PlayStation CEO Says PS5 is Still Years Away

Speculation about the PS5 continues, this time with fuel added by Sony.

News by Matt Kim, .

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.

The PS4 Pro came midway through the PS4 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.

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  • Avatar for SuperShinobi #1 SuperShinobi 5 months ago
    It makes sense in many ways, as the PS4 is now in its peak and 2019 is also looking great and packed with new releases. Years 4 & 5 have usually been the biggest years for Playstation consoles. The Pro is available for those who want a visual upgrade. There's really no need for the PS4 to be replaced anytime soon, so anyone who's been writing obituaries, just delete them.
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  • Avatar for bigbadboaz #2 bigbadboaz 5 months ago
    I like this. With the rate Ryzen CPUs and Radeon graphics are progressing, any sooner would probably handicap what they could actually do with the system. 2021 is probably the earliest we can get a truly impressive architecture.

    Have to say, I still can't believe there are executive-type people out there who haven't learned you can't talk about "ending the life" of your product - in any setting. It goes public, and people freak out.
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  • Avatar for Fourfoldroot #3 Fourfoldroot 5 months ago
    Works for me. The longer away from release the better components they can afford to put in. My backlog is so large, and Sony output so prodigious, I'm happy to wait some years playing the likes of Spiderman, Detroit, Ghost of Tsushima, Dreams, Trails of Cold Steel 3+4, TLoU2 and lots of VR stuff. Hopefully a V2 headset will be released before this with eye tracking to improve visual fidelity though.
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  • Avatar for docexe #4 docexe 5 months ago
    I would have expected them to release the PS5 in 2020 rather than 2021, but then again I'm surprised they will take their time here. Indeed, it will give me time to, you know, actually buy a PS4 and play games of the current generation without having to worry about the PS5 in a while.
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  • Avatar for nayra010 #5 nayra010 2 months ago
    Great article on Play Station Network. I have some free psn codes for you all guys.
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