Playstation 5 coming in 2021
The surprise which has greeted Sony’s oblique allusion to its plans for PlayStation 5 stands, in a sense, as a pretty impressive testament to just how solidly positioned the PS4 is in the minds of consumers right now. Much of the reaction has seemed confused, asking why Sony would talk about PS4 winding down and its broad plans for a replacement when the console is doing so well. Indeed, while there has been speculation about what PS5 might be like, one thing notably absent is any sense of a real appetite for new hardware, or a feeling that PS4 itself is exhausted as a platform.
It’s easy to forget that in console terms, PS4 is a pretty old dog now. It will celebrate its fifth birthday later this year, which is practically geriatric in this industry. By this point in the lifespan of the original PlayStation, the launch of PS2 was only months away; PS2 itself was succeeded by PS3 after six years on the market (and that was arguably somewhat late – Xbox 360 appeared after only five years of the PS2’s lifespan). The last generation, lasting well over seven years, was the real outlier, but it now looks like part of a trend. Sony’s tacit confirmation that it won’t be launching a PS4 successor for at least another three years means that PS4’s run on the market will be eight years or more.
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