I wanted to pick your brains and ask the people in the know (you!) when you think the next generation of consoles are going to come out? I’ve heard rumours that Sony have started to send out dev kits to software companies already… I think the earliest it will be is 2020 with the bookies’ favourite being 2022.
Do you think it’s too early for the next consoles, given that we’ve had mid-cycle upgrades already? Sam Hamilton, email Yeah, we’ve seen the rumour going round about PS5 dev kits, but we’re pretty certain it’s not true. We think you’re probably right that 2020 seems like the earliest the next gen could launch, and we definitely wouldn’t be surprised if it took as long as 2022.
It depends a lot, however, on how big a leap the next generation actually is. As you say, we’ve started seeing ‘half-step’ consoles such as PS4 Pro and Xbox One X – will Sony and Microsoft’s next consoles represent another small jump up from there, or will it be the traditional hard generational divide? Hard to say.