The next PlayStation console might still be a while away according to Sony


If you’re one of the many waiting for a new PlayStation console to hit shelves, you might have to wait a bit more than expected.

Actually, instead of shipping the PlayStation 5 this year as some rumours had suggested, Sony is planning to take its sweet time to launch the successor to the wildly successful PS4, a console which has sold 79 million units since its launch in late 2013.

“We will use the next three years to prepare the next step, to crouch down so that we can jump higher in the future”, Sony’s PlayStation boss John Kodera told The Wall Street Journal (via GameSpot).

But no matter how you look at it this is a move that makes sense, taking into account that the Japanese company launched the PS4 Pro less than two years ago, a more powerful version of the vanilla PS4 which is capable of delivering ultra-high definition graphics and smoother frame rates than its predecessor.

And surely anyone who spent another $400 US dollars on the upgraded PS4 would feel cheated if Sony put out a PS5 too soon, plus it’s likely the almost 80 million PS4 owners are in no hurry to upgrade, as the base console is still getting some superb games this year such as Red Dead Redemption 2 and Marvel’s Spider-Man.

So even if you were holding your breath for PS5 to hit shelves soon, there are still plenty of great games to enjoy this generation. And it’s not necessarily a bad thing that Sony has decided to lengthen the release cycle (6 or 7 years has been the norm until now), as this will give players more time to enjoy their current-gen machines. Nonetheless, here’s hoping that the PS5 does indeed turn out to be something special when it’s released sometime in the future.