We could very well be looking at a modular future for gaming consoles like the Xbox and PlayStation, complete with refreshes rather than complete relaunches. Sony doesn’t seem convinced that there will even be a PlayStation 5, something most consumers would have assumed was a given during the PlayStation 2 and 3 days.
Oddworld developer Lorne Lanning was on a recent Game Informer show, and he explained that a private sit-down with PlayStation boss Shuhei Yoshida lead to some surprising comments.
Lorne explained, “I said, ‘What does the PlayStation 5 look like?’ And he said, ‘You mean if…’ And I was like, ‘Whoa. Are you willing to say that on Stage?’ And he said, ‘Yeah, that’s an if.'”
All of this seems to point towards the potential of a future of refreshes like what we might see with the PlayStation 4.5 or PS4K. That is, hardware refreshes with stronger components that can play the same library of games, only with better results.
Lanning went on.
“It was a really interesting thing; he didn’t give me a clear answer, but he’s hinting at, ‘We need to be more agile, none of us know what the future really looks like so how do we adapt to it faster? To me, that’s the way he was sort of thinking about it, which I think is the right way think about it…
…The idea that you’re going to release a piece of technology that’s going to last for seven years into the future is becoming I think less and less viable even though the generations of platforms are lasting longer…So it seems like it’s in conflict.”
What do you think of this notion? A world where consoles are almost exactly like PCs, only with more exclusive games and built entire for TV use… The ceiling for power is likely a lot higher, isn’t it?