Sony Confirms PlayStation 4 Successor

Sony Confirms PlayStation 4 Successor
The new games console may not be called the PlayStation 5, but it will be more powerful than its predecessor.

(CCM) — Sony is developing a successor to the company's hugely popular PlayStation 4 games console, the company's president has confirmed.

"At this point, what I can say is it's necessary to have a next-generation hardware," Kenichiro Yoshida said in a Financial Times report, without going so far as to call it a PlayStation 5.

Early indications are that the next generation console will not be very different to the PlayStation 4, and that the fundamental architecture would be very similar, according to the report. "Sony would likely seek to use this successful PS4 platform as long as possible," Kazunori Ito, a research analyst at Ibbotson Associates Japan, said in the article.

But the new console is likely to be equipped with enough power to be used in top level esports events, which have become increasingly popular over the last few years. An estimated global audience of almost 170 million people watch online streams of professionals playing esports at the highest levels, according to the report.

The company has not indicated when the new game console will be available, or its expected price.

The PlayStation 4 is Sony's fastest-selling console ever, with over 80m units being purchased by consumers since it went on sale in 2013.

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