Sony to target “hardcore” gamers with next PlayStation

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The Wall Street Journal has reported that Sony Corporation CEO Kenichiro Yoshida has said that Sony’s next PlayStation will be primarily aimed at “hardcore” gamers.

The New York newspaper quoted anonymous Sony sources as saying that in an internal strategy briefing, Yoshida described the console, which Sony may or may not call the PlayStation 5, as a “Niche” product, which will be aimed at a smaller, but “Serious” audience.

The Wall Street Journal added that in the internal report, Yoshida said: “Details when making games have become more important than ever,” and that Sony sees the console’s chief competitor as Microsoft’s next-generation console, Project Scarlett, remaining relatively unconcerned about competition from Nintendo (which is rumoured to be readying updated versions of the Switch) and streaming services such as Google’s Stadia.

As we reported in April, Sony has released some technical details about its next console, which will support 8K resolution and feature SSD storage. Sony added that it won’t be released until at least 2020.

Yoshida’s reported comments about targeting a hardcore audience, in conjunction with quotes given by Sony Interactive Entertainment President and CEO Jim Ryan to Nihon Keizai Shimbun, in which he admitted that the company is contemplating acquiring development studios, have led to speculation that with the next PlayStation, Sony will shift its focus from indie games towards AAA titles and internally developed exclusives.

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