It seems to be common knowledge that PlayStation 5 is in the making. Mentioned several times by Sony executives recently, PS5 is happening, but I myself am looking further into the future of PlayStation.
I know many of you are thinking “whoa now! Slow down Travis! I’m not even ready for a PS5, let alone what comes after that!”, but hear me out. I don’t expect to see much of a leap from the PS4 (PRO) to PS5. The chances of the PS5 arriving in the next two years seems likely, but I don’t believe we will be seeing a PS6.
PS5 has a nice ring to it, but PS6, PS7, PS8? I seriously doubt it will happen. When the PS5 runs its course (possibly a 4 year course?), Sony will likely skip the number and reinvent the name. PlayStation will still be the header, but the console after the next will be the one we really want to keep an eye out for. PlayStation Next?
Aside from names, I believe the 6th installment will be a major game changer. It will likely support 8k gaming (native or upscale will be a wait and see) and near instant load times. The PlayStation Network will be lightning fast and provide more stability than we could imagine in this day age.
I don’t think we will see a huge design change in the controller’s, but you never know. As far as the camera goes, it seems logical to upgrade. I also think discs may become a thing of the past once we reach the 6th installment. Granted, there is a still a large number of gamers that play offline most of the time, but think back to when the XB1 was first announced and Microsoft said the console would need to connect to the internet every 24 hours. That may have been a mistake at the time, but it is also a clear clue to the future of gaming.
Taking Sony’s PlayStation Now streaming service into account, PS Now could be incorporated into the PS Plus service. While they are currently separate and bringing in revenues on their own, I think it’s just a matter of time before they merge. The number of Plus members would skyrocket even now, if they would make that jump.
I can’t even fathom the amount of memory that will be considered the standard that far ahead, but for the fun of it, I’m going to say 50 terabytes will be the average. That is a large number now, but I’m currently using an 8tb drive in my pro, and I have less than 1tb available. Time for me to clean out some unused space.
VR will have some major upgrading upon the release of the PS5, but I think the 6th installed console will have the VR headset that we are all waiting for. VR will be mainstream for gamers by then, in the meantime, along with motion controls that will fit more like gloves. We could possibly be wearing comfy bodysuits to make movement even more immersive. Exciting times it will be, I’m sure.
Perhaps one of the most speculated concerns for the future of consoles, is the cell phone markets turnover rate. People have been expressing concerns for a couple years now, that the console market will begin rolling out upgraded models every other year. While we did see the release of the PS4 Pro, the upcoming release of the Xbox One X, not even half way through a common lifecycle, it does seem possible that we are heading to a 4-6 year console cycle with upgrades every 2-3 years. I know that many gamers don’t really want it to happen and I hope that I am wrong, but technology is evolving fast.
What I would like to see, is much like a PC. If we find the console market begins to release constant upgrades, I’d much rather have upgradable parts I can swap out at a lower cost. I don’t know if that will ever be the case, or if consoles will reach a fizzle out point sooner than later. One thing I am sure of, consoles won’t be going away anytime soon.
What do you think will happen after the release of PS5?