In a recent interview, Oddworld Inhabitants’ Lorne Lanning revealed that he asked PlayStation president Shuhei Yoshida what the PlayStation 5 would look like. Yoshida replied: "You mean if..."
Yoshida’s comments are most likely just more evidence that manufacturers such as Sony could be heading in a new direction when it comes to consoles. Rather than seeing a big upgrade every 7 years or so, we could see smaller upgrades released periodically.
If the recent reports about Sony and Microsoft working on higher spec consoles are to be believed, then this new take on console gaming could be closer than we think.
Lanning also said in the interview: "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."
Mobile phones are brought out yearly, each new version offering up an improved performance over the last, and a high end PC is only high end until something better comes out. It's understandable that consoles would eventually follow suit.
Upgradeable consoles might not be so desirable for developers. With the current systems, specifications are locked, devs know exactly what they're working with and they can become more efficient over time.
Pricing could also be an issue as the base model would need to be a lot cheaper if people are expected to constantly upgrade their hardware.
Of course, this is all just speculation for the time being and another option is that Yoshida simply meant they were going to be more creative with the new console’s name.
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