Sony CEO Yoshida on PS5: "It's necessary to have a next-generation hardware"

The console giant will need to push out new products to remain competitive against a growing mobile market.

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Hard as it may be to believe, we are already five years into the current console generation. Back in the late fall of 2013, both Sony and Microsoft released their current machines to much fanfare. As competition from mobile gaming, Nintendo Switch handheld, and the increasing market share of PC gaming begin to put a squeeze on traditional consoles, hardware manufacturers are already producing the next generation platforms. When asked about shifting consumer habits and growing competition, Sony President and CEO Kenichiro Yoshida explained to the Financial TImes, “At this point, what I can say is it’s necessary to have a next-generation hardware.” 

Yoshida did not refer to their new console by any specific name, but most believe it will be called the Playstation 5. After an adjustment period for developers brought on by the shift from a custom hardware architectures to the more common x86 with the PS4, the company is expected to stay close that design with the PS5. With the Xbox One and PC platform being built on the x86 architecture, it makes sense to continue on that path and opens up the doors for backwards compatibility with PS4 software. Backwards compatibility has been huge for Microsoft’s Xbox One in the last year. Yoshida signaled that the PS4 was nearing the end of its life cycle in May of this year.

The current industry rumors have Sony releasing its new console by 2020 at the earliest. This would give the PS4 the same seven-year lifespan that its predecessor PS3 enjoyed. It is widely expected that Sony will continue to use a AMD-powered solution for the PS5 CPU and GPU.

Contributing Tech Editor

Chris Jarrard likes playing games, crankin' tunes, and looking for fights on obscure online message boards. He understands that breakfast food is the only true food. Don't @ him.

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    October 9, 2018 11:00 AM

    Chris Jarrard posted a new article, Sony CEO Yoshida on PS5: "It's necessary to have a next-generation hardware"

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      October 9, 2018 11:26 AM

      Necessary to who?

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        October 9, 2018 12:11 PM

        Stockholders

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        October 9, 2018 12:57 PM

        me

      • Zek
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        October 9, 2018 3:41 PM

        You're implying it isn't? Graphics hardware hasn't plateaued yet, and the PS4 is not nearly cutting edge by today's standards either.

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      October 9, 2018 11:29 AM

      Phew. I thought Sony packed their bags and called it quits after PS4.

      “This is the best we will ever be able to do. Let’s retire”

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      October 9, 2018 11:32 AM

      Maybe we'll finally get the ps3 graphics promised to us from the motorstorm trailer.

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      October 9, 2018 11:32 AM

      we're about to have the first playstation generation with no silent hill game :(

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        October 9, 2018 1:07 PM

        What ever happened to that short demo they made for it? Or am I thinking it was for a different game? I remember there being this one room crazy scary demo for silent hill

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          October 9, 2018 1:08 PM

          Kojima pulled put then it all died.

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          October 9, 2018 1:11 PM

          P. T.

          Konami killed it and Kojima left Konami.

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          October 9, 2018 1:31 PM

          I think dude left the studio if i remember right.

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            October 9, 2018 2:33 PM

            That's too bad. I only watched a YouTube playthrough and it scarred me emotionally and left a void inside me that I've been trying to fill

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          October 9, 2018 1:33 PM

          The guy behind it quit :(

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            October 9, 2018 2:04 PM

            but i still have it on ps4. gonna replay it on halloween

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              October 9, 2018 3:17 PM

              Someone re-did the entire thing in the unreal engine, I played it, very good!

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          October 9, 2018 2:11 PM

          I think its cancellation is probably indirectly responsible for Death Stranding happening, especially since he seems to be working with some of the same people.

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        October 9, 2018 3:38 PM

        But there weren't any Silent Hill games on the PS3. Nope. None at all.

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      October 9, 2018 3:58 PM

      well i'm glad we got that cleared up