Sony Reportedly Focused On PS5 Games, Nothing New For 2019
There’s been a whiff of an incoming new console generation as of late, the scent of the proposed PS5 continually growing stronger as the weeks and months go on. Features such as backward compatibility and cross-play have been a few hot topics of speculation, complimented nicely by the announcement of new contenders entering themselves into the race.
It now appears that Sony is gearing up for next-gen in a big way according to a recent report. Speaking on the ResetEra Forums, analyst Daniel Ahmad (a.k.a. “ZhugeEX”) revealed that development kits for PS5 have reportedly begun to roll out, going as far as to say he’s “heard positive things” regarding the hardware. Ahmad added that gamers shouldn’t expect anything new about the console “in the immediate future.”
PS5 dev kits are out there and I’ve heard positive things about it. But I wouldn’t expect any information in the immediate future.”
As for why Sony would keep their PS5 plans bubbling under, Ahmad provided some insight about that as well. He predicts that the rest of 2019 will continue the monster success of the PlayStation 4 “due to the large install base, growing network sales, strong third party software, first party software and back catalog.” It’s also said that a majority of the year has already been slated with releases, leaving lots of room to focus internal efforts on development of the PS5 and its first-party games.
Lineup for the first half of the year is set but second half is still in flux. Sony also has a couple of unannounced games (already existing IP) with PS4 in mind but I’m conscious that there have been discussions around making them cross gen/next gen titles. In general, most of the focus for Sony 1P is on PS5 right now.”
Lastly, Ahmad acknowledged that it’s probably “still early to talk about next gen” but surmised that “whispers” about the system could start to pick up by the time the Game Developers Conference (GDC) rolls around in March.
It is still early to talk about next gen but I imagine we’ll hear some whispers come out of GDC. Overall there is a push to further invest in PSN and focus on expanding the services ecosystem around the PlayStation brand. I’m not sure if much of it will be realised this year, but there is definitely a lot in the pipeline for next gen. Overall there isn’t much to talk about right now.”
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