PlayStation 5 "Necessary" Now, Says Sony

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As the PS4's life has trundled on, rumours of a PlayStation 5 have been flickering in and out of the news cycle for several years now. While that may seem like an obvious statement, the push to streaming services and gaming from the cloud have, well, clouded the situation. Recent and upcoming exclusives like Spider-Man, God of War, and The Last of Us Part II, alongside multiplatform Red Dead Redemption 2, Fallout 76, and Anthem, could keep the console alive for months - even years - to come.

Sony's Kenichiro Yoshida sat down with the Financial Times recently to talk about the next generation console in response to the growing popularity of the mobile games market and consumer habits. Now, for the first time, Sony has acknowledged the fact that PlayStation hardware will go beyond the PS4 Pro. In a world where you could potentially stream the same games on any device, wouldn't console choice become irrelevant? As always, details regarding Sony's next-gen console are quite hush hush, so fans are now relying on leaks, rumours, and speculation to come up with the goods. "As further understood herein, the original (legacy) software code of an entertainment asset such as a computer game created to be played on a relatively lower powered display can be preserved for use with model consoles with improved capability displays, while effecting remastering of the presentation through emulation principles". Rather than focusing on streaming games over the internet - a la Netflix - Sony is apparently working on a more powerful box for running prettier games.

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Sony has been in the lead for years when it comes to console sales.

Instead, it launched a remastering programme, but gamers are keen to see backwards compatibility return for the PlayStation 5. At current, the PS4 is now the best-selling current-generation console.

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