The current generation of console gaming is coming to a close. Not today, not tomorrow, but the end is nigh. By the end of 2020, we fully expect the next heavyweights to be in place. That includes the PlayStation 5, Xbox's Project Scarlett, and newcomer Google Stadia. Although the PS5's arrival is well over a year away, we have already heard a lot about it.
Despite the fact that Sony is not officially revealing that it will be called the PS5, an array of its features have been confirmed. The next-gen console will have backward compatibility with the PS4, and PS4 players will not be left behind as there will be cross-platform play between the two consoles. Some leaked footage also showed off how impressive the PS5's loading times will be.
Perhaps the most surprising thing about the PS5 to date is how traditional it appears to be. Amid the imminent shift to cloud-based gaming, Sony has continued to rely on old faithful and its next-gen console will still have a disc-drive and offline capability. However, PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan revealed to CNET that should Sony release another console after the PS5, it will be very different.
"Who knows how it might evolve? Hybrid models between console and some sort of cloud model? Possibly that," Ryan revealed. That certainly seems likely if you ask us. The CEO also recalled being told the PS4 would be the "most terrible failure ever" back in 2012 due to the rise of mobile gaming. Sony survived standing its ground in that instance and plans on doing so again heading into the next generation.
Every generation of console brings two heavyweight contenders. Ever since the PS1, Sony has been one of those contenders. This round goes to Sony without question as the PS4's worldwide sales are currently more than double that of the Xbox One. Only time will tell whether loyalty to tradition will mean Sony continues that dominance heading into the next generation.