The next-generation consoles have yet to be officially revealed, but Sony is stealing a march after their initial discussions of the PS5/next-gen PlayStation with a showcase at Sony IR Day 2019 corporate strategy meeting.
Using Marvel’s Spider-Man once more, the company once more demonstrated the lightning-fast loading time of the next-gen console against a PS4 pro, with over 8-seconds of improvement in loading and even better performance.
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As Gematsu reported, Sony Corporation President and CEO Kenichiro Yoshida also shared at the meeting that “to ensure PlayStation will remain the best place to play, Sony Interactive Entertainment will work on maintaining and improving its relationships with third-party developers.”
As for the PlayStation itself, he described it as “anytime, anywhere, without interruption.”
A Sony press release was added more details:
- Next-generation console: “Immersive” experience created by dramatically increased graphics rendering speeds, achieved through the employment of further improved computational power and a customized ultra-fast, broadband SSD.
- PlayStation streaming: Through the evolution of “Remote Play” and “PlayStation Now,” provide a seamless game experience anytime, anywhere.
- Remote Play: Turns PlayStation 4 (PS4), which is expected to reach 100 million units in cumulative sales this calendar year, into a streaming game server, providing streaming content at the closest point to users.
- PlayStation Now: Provides immersive game experiences to users regardless of whether they own a PS4 console at all.
- Sony will pursue its mission to make PlayStation “The Best Place to Play” by leveraging the latest computing, streaming, cloud, and 5G technologies, together with excellent content.
- As part of these efforts, Sony agreed to a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Microsoft Corp. (Microsoft) to collaborate on the development of cloud solutions, including game streaming services.
Sony Interactive Entertainment President and CEO Jim Ryan also talked more about the next-generation PlayStation in his own presentation:
SIE Believes in Generations
- We will harness the power of new technology to offer completely transformative and immersive gaming experiences.
- We will leverage Backwards Compatibility to transition our community to Next Gen faster and more seamlessly than ever before.
- We provide stability of environment for content creators.
What we have said so far:
- All-new CPU, GPU
- Backwards compatibility
- 8K support
- Disc support
- 3D audio
What we have not spoken about yet:
- Release date
- User experience
- Country rollout
The Critical Role of PlayStation 4
- Will remain the engine of engagement and profitability for the next three years.
- Will provide the fertile early adopter gamer base critical for next-generation success.
- Outstanding roster of exclusive AAA games still to come (The Last of Us Part II, Death Stranding, Ghost of Tsushima).
SIE Believes in Gamer Choice
Mainstream Business Model:
- PS1 and PS2: CD / DVD
- PS3 and PS4: Blu-ray + Download
- Next-Generation: Blu-ray + Download + Streaming
Role of Streaming in Next-Generation
Our vision: A massively enhanced PlayStation community where enriched and shared PlayStation experiences can be seamlessly enjoyed independent of time and place – with or without a console.
Using Partnerships to Achieve Scale
- We will leverage existing and new partnerships to achieve growth and scale faster than ever before.
- This follows the model successfully followed in growing our PlayStation Network business.
If you missed it, Sony has also signed an agreement with traditional rivals Microsoft to further explore cloud gaming options, and from the looks of it, the future of PlayStation is all set to be exciting on all fronts.