Sony could embrace a new release model for the PlayStation 5.
Spelling the end of the traditional console generation, the PS5 could be the start of a new annual release model.
That’s according to Earthfall developer Collin Moore, who told Gamingbolt that PlayStation and Xbox releases could follow a similar pattern to the Apple iPhone.
“With Sony and Microsoft expanding the line with PS4 Pro and Xbox One X, we might just see continual evolution in the line rather than completely new boxes and architecture,” he said.
“We can see both follow a similar formula that Apple has with cell phones.”
Given the success of the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X, it’s possible we’ll see multiple iterations of the same console, each with slightly upgraded specs.
Sony could even release new parts for the PS5, similar to the way gamers can manually upgrade a PC.
It was recently suggested that the PlayStation 5 could launch as early as this year.
Because of this, the report argues that the PS5 could be released in 2018.
But it looks like these reports may have been premature, because a follow-up report suggests the console will be released in 2020.
“Over the past month, I’ve spoken to dozens of game developers, across a variety of disciplines and studios, about the next generation of consoles,” Kotaku reports.
“Of those, two people said they were directly familiar with plans for Sony’s new console.
“Those two people both told me that the next PlayStation is unlikely to release in 2019, let alone 2018, although they were careful to be clear that these plans are always shifting.”
The source suggests that while an imminent release is unlikely, Sony could be forced into action by surprise moves from other companies.
“On a multi-year project, a lot can happen to shift schedules both forward and backward,” the source said.
“At some point, Sony’s probably looked at every possible date. It’s all about what they think is the best sweet spot in terms of hardware.”
Other sources are said to be unaware of Sony’s plans for a new PlayStation.