Even though PlayStation has been dominant in the current console generation, with the PS4 and its subscription services helping Sony to a record fiscal year, Sony isn't sure that this place in the market will be a long-term thing. In fact, the company is not sure if the home console market will exist for the company beyond the upcoming PS5.
So far, the PS5 has gamers feeling cautiously optimistic. The noises being made certainly seem positive, with Sony promising cross-generation play between the PS4 and PS5, a much-desired feature that will hopefully mean that there is a seamless transition between the two generations for players. All in all it leaves the PS5 as the most wanted new console according to a recent poll, meaning that if Sony sticks the landing it should have a hit on its hands.
However, it seems as though Sony is keeping an eye on external technology trends before committing to a sixth PlayStation console. In an interview with CNET, PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan talked a little about what comes after the PS5, but a confirmation that there will be a follow-up isn't there yet - at least not in the same form that console players currently recognise.
Speaking in the interview, Ryan was asked about what comes next, and was quite open about how hazy the future looks for gaming. "Who knows how it might evolve? Hybrid models between console and some sort of cloud model? Possibly that. I just don't know," Stated Ryan. That said, even if Ryan did know what Sony had planned it seems as though sharing it now is obviously off the cards, stating "if I did know, I wouldn't tell you."
That said, it seems as though PlayStation isn't counting on services like Google Stadia becoming an immediate game changer either. "I've been around a while, and I sat there in 2012 and listened to all sorts of smart people tell me about mobile and that the PlayStation 4 was going to be the most terrible failure ever," explained Ryan about how nothing is ever certain in such a volatile industry. After all, VR hasn't changed the landscape yet either, making some wonder about how PSVR will fare on the PS5.
PlayStation is certainly being more open to changes in the market, though. After that initial hesitancy about its own exclusivity, there's the potential for a major shake-up with the Sony and Microsoft gaming partnership, while subscription services outside of PS Plus and PS Now are also going to be available thanks to the surprising arrival of EA Access. Don't be surprised to see other changes coming - particularly given that the PlayStation 6 could be many years away yet.