A few days ago, Sony has finally stopped producing Playstation 3 consoles in Japan. This means that the console is in for discontinuation or obsolescence in the coming years. In retrospect, the PS3 was released more than ten years ago and is probably nearing the end of its life cycle.
That said, eyes are now on Sony once again as rumors of the PS5 begin to surface immediately following the PS3 announcement.
To date, there are no details on what Sony intends to do with the PS5. The company has just released the PS4 Pro last year and it looks like it is slowly picking up in sales. Unfortunately, there is a looming threat from Microsoft as the software giant prepares for the release of its next generation gaming console, the Project Scorpio.
For some reason, Sony is neither perturbed nor worried that this may affect the Playstation 4.
In fact, according to a report from Tech Radar, Shuhei Yoshida, Sony’s president, quoted that the notion of a PS5 is a question of “if” rather than “when.”
Somehow, Sony is quite confident that the Playstation 4, as well as the PS4 Pro, will endure. Perhaps this has something to do with the fact that, at the moment, 4K displays are not yet a common thing. Readers should note that the main selling point of the Project Scorpio is the native support for 4K gaming.
Currently, 4K is still making its way into households across the globe. It is a slow and painstaking movement, but it is getting there. It would probably take a few more years before 4K televisions are mainstream and Sony is possibly capitalizing on that. Furthermore, Sony is still trying to peddle its VR gaming solution for the PS4, the Playstation VR.
Its newest console, the PS4 Pro, has a unique 4K gaming engine that interpolates pixels to make it seem like a user is gaming in 4K. But in reality, it is quite far from actual native 4K gaming.
Depending on the outcome of Microsoft’s gamble with the Project Scorpio, perhaps Sony will take the necessary action.
Unfortunately, it might not happen much later. Normally, the Playstation life cycle is about six years. The PS4 was released in 2013. Following the same logic, consumers should be expecting a PS5 sometime in 2019. However, with the release of the PS4 Pro, the wait could be much longer than that. Quite possibly, the next window of opportunity would be around 2020 or 2021.
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