While the PlayStation Plus on PS3 served as an implicit test for the PlayStation Plus on PS4, it would appear that the PS4 Pro during the PS4 generation allowed Sony to test the market’s reaction to the approach of the PlayStation 5, at least that’s what a senior member of Sony Interactive Entertainment recently stated.
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As mentioned earlier, the American magazine Game Informer has given its latest cover to the 25th anniversary of PlayStation. In addition to this issue, Game Informer published a retrospective article on Sony consoles. In the section on the PS4 Pro, Masayasu Ito, Executive Vice President of Hardware Engineering, explains that the PS4 Pro may have an impact on Sony’s strategy for the PS5 generation:
In the past, the life cycle for a new platform was 7 to 10 years. But with the very rapid development and evolution of technology, the actual life cycle is more like six to seven years. And on top of that, we can’t fully keep up with this rapid development of technology.
Therefore, our reasoning for the PS5 is that it will have a cycle of about six to seven years. And if we have a life cycle of that length we should be able to make changes to the hardware and incorporate technological advances. The test behind this reasoning was the PS4 Pro, which was released halfway through the PS4’s lifecycle.
If Sony deems the PS4 Pro trial conclusive, which Masayasu Ito doesn’t say in the Game Informer article but which has been indicated by Sony representatives in various interviews, it doesn’t seem far-fetched that a PS5 Pro will arrive at the end of 2023 or a little later. Indeed, the PlayStation 5 is officially scheduled for the end of next year.
Have you bought a PS4 Pro? If so, what did you think? Do you regret your purchase? If Sony is releasing a PS5 Pro, will you be there? Tell us all about it in the comments below.