Sony has been in the headlines quite a bit lately largely in part due to the PlayStation 4.5 rumors. And now the latest report is that the PlayStation 5 may not necessarily even be a thing. With these reports coming from the president of Sony Worldwide Studios himself Shuhei Yoshida brings even more suspicion that the report is indeed factual. But without a PS5 down the road, the gaming community will yield a very simple yet powerful question, “If the PlayStation 5 doesn’t get developed, where does Sony go from here?”
Some may argue that a PlayStation 5 alternative may be in order – something digital. PlayStation already has this in tact with the PlayStation Store having thousands of digital content and not to mention, PlayStation Now is the ultimate digital application which allows users to play games from PS3 era. It may very well be possible that future games could all be accessed from PlayStation Now, requiring a subscription for new content in order to play the games.
Another additional outlet that Sony could explore in lieu of a PlayStation 5 console is the aforementioned PlayStation 4.5 (reportedly code-named Neo) which is rumored to be announced soon. Sony may decide to take a completely different approach with console gaming, releasing consoles in an agile methodology releasing every year to every two years in lieu of having a waterfall methodology that it is currently following releasing a new console every 4 years.
And with a release cycle every year to every two years, gamers would have the ability to refresh their console with new features, new hardware, and new functionality just like smartphone users are able to do with their cell phones. It’s a method that is quite familiar in the telecommunications industry but as something in the video game industry it would be quite new. Despite new iterations of software being released every year like Madden, NBA 2K, and Call Of Duty, it hasn’t been tested on the hardware side. It’s certainly a risk but according to multiple reports, it’s a risk that Sony is willing to take. A release iteration on an agile type schedule with the PlayStation brand would negate the need of a PlayStation 5 console. Sony may feel that this is working very well in the telecommunications industry, so why not with the gaming industry? And subscription based services are already in place just as they are with smartphones as well. Contracts are necessary with cellphone usage (although slowly becoming a thing of the past recently) as a PlayStation Network accounts are necessary in order to have online play. The similarities and parallels are there, but it’s tough to tell if it’ll work in this sector or not; especially on a market that isn’t tested with these kind of scenarios.
Sony has a few scenarios and options when it comes to if the PlayStation 5 will be a thing or not. There’s no doubt that the digital era is already upon us and future game releases will always be released digitally from here on out. It could be quite possible that future console releases are done in iterations similar to cell phone releases. Rumors of the PlayStation Neo are really ramping up, which would make the PlayStation 5 obsolete a lot faster. It’s tough to say which way Sony will go when it comes to the PlayStation 5 and if it will indeed be developed but hopefully we get some answers in a few months at E3 2016 during Sony’s annual press conference. The answer may be already in front of us already. For more on the PlayStation 5 and Sony’s future, keep it locked to Mammoth Gamers!