PlayStation 5 on the horizon? Sony's CEO speculates next generation hardware to release around time when support for Street Fighter 5 could slow down

'At this point, what I can say is it’s necessary to have a next-generation hardware'

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • October 10, 2018 at 3:46 p.m. PDT | Comments: 39

While there's nothing set in stone at the moment, we're getting some new hints at where on the timeline gamers can expect the next generation of Sony's PlayStation console series.

Sony CEO, Kenichiro Yoshida, spoke with the Financial Times (via TechRadar) in a recent interview and addressed the subject. Yoshida referenced the concept of a successor to the current PlayStation 4, saying, "At this point, what I can say is it’s necessary to have a next-generation hardware.”

Every iteration of Sony's home console has been differentiated only by numerals thus far, but we immediately notice Yoshida specifically did not make any mention of a "PlayStation 5."

He also did not give a time frame in which to expect exactly when said next-generation hardware would be rolling out, but we do know that Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO John Kodera told Digital Trends in May of this year that the PlayStation 4 was in the final phases of its life, and that next three years will be used for prepping the next step.

This would mean Sony's next console would emerge some time in 2021, a timeline that bodes well with previously stated forecasts for Street Fighter 5's lifespan.

We learned from a Famitsu interview involving Capcom producers Yoshinori Ono and Tomoaki Ayano back in the latter part of 2016 that support for Street Fighter 5 is planned through 2020. Here's the relevant snippet from said interview:

Famitsu: So, moving back to the earlier subject, how far does your current road map for Street Fighter 5 development go?

Ono: It's not just a 1-2 year thing. We're looking pretty far ahead... We've planned out as far as 2020 or so.

Ayano: Street Fighter 5 is a title we're adding on to as it goes along, so we're working on it while planning ahead on the best way to develop it further.

Capcom has brought us three seasons of Street Fighter 5 thus far, each of which included six new DLC characters as well as various new mods, balance updates and other various tweaks to the game.

As of now we do not have confirmation of a fourth season, though yesterday's announcement of an input lag reduction slated to be implemented in just under two weeks along with the fact that an arcade version will be hitting Japan in 2019 leads fans to speculate that Capcom is still actively working with and has future plans for SF5.

Also, data miners like X-Kira continue to uncover more potential content for the AAA fighting title, furthering expectations for continued development.

If Street Fighter 5 indeed lives on for another two years of support with the same patterns its seen since launch, we'll have an additional 12 newcomers joining the current 34-character roster.

A 2021 launch for the next generation of home consoles would then give developers a decent amount of time to allow the final additions see a good year's worth of playtime before a follow up franchise title is released.

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