Sony CEO confirms work on PS4 successor

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Sony CEO Kenichiro Yoshida has confirmed that the company is working on a successor to the PlayStation 4.

Speaking to the (paywalled) Financial Times, Yoshida said: “At this point, what I can say is it’s necessary to have a next-generation hardware.” Which stops short of an explicit announcement of the PlayStation 5, but offers the strongest suggestion yet that the Japanese platform-holder is working its way up towards releasing another console.

With both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One having been on sale for five years (and with the mid-cycle, 4K-capable PS4 Pro coming up to two years since its release), along with widespread rumours that Microsoft is working on a next-generation console codenamed Scarlett, it’s inevitable that Sony should be turning its attention to the PlayStation 5. 

Such speculation was recently boosted by the news that Sony has opted not to hold its annual PlayStation Experience showcase this year. It still has plenty of big guns lined up for next year for the PlayStation 4, in the form of Days Gone, The Last of Us Part 2 and Media Molecule’s innovative Dreams, but there is a feeling that it is keeping its powder dry with a new console in mind.

Naturally, we’ll bring you any concrete news about a new Sony console as it emerges. In the meantime, you might want to keep an eye on Sony’s PlayStation website.