Rumors were recently doing the rounds that Sony may adopt an upgrade approach to new iterations of the PlayStation console rather than release a fully-fledged PS5, but now President and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, Shawn Layden, has confirmed that a PlayStation 5 will arrive at some point.
In an interview with German gaming site, Golem.de – following a statement about the PS4 Pro approach to console upgrades – the question was posed: "This means that you are more likely to rely on a real Playstation 5 – whenever that will be?"
Layden replied: "Yes. It will probably be some time".
There’s been plenty of speculation on the PS5 release date, including some analysts claiming it will launch in 2019 at the earliest, but likely 2020.
There’s still plenty of power in the PS4, specifically in the PS4 Pro, that is still untapped and some developers believe that its boundaries can still be pushed with the potential of photo-realistic graphics before the PS5 release.
The PS4 launched in late 2013, so a 2020 release date would mean a seven-year life-cycle for the current generation.