Sony: PlayStation 4 will be 'the engine of engagement and profitability for the next 3 years'

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • May 22, 2019 at 5:57 a.m. PDT

Sony has not been shy about sharing details on the yet to be released next generation console in the PlayStation series, and came forward in a corporate strategy presentation on Tuesday with even more information.

During the presentation Sony showed off how much more powerful the forthcoming PlayStation 5 will be compared to the current PlayStation 4 Pro. They achieved this by depicting a side by side comparison as both processors loaded up a single image. Where the PS4 Pro took just over eight seconds to do this, the PS5 took just under one.

Thus far the company has revealed that the upcoming system will have all new central and graphics processing units, 8k graphic support, immersive 3D audio, ray tracing, backwards compatibility, disc support, and an SSD.

They have yet to tell us the price or the release date, but we did get an interesting bit concerning the PlayStation 4's remaining years. One slide was devoted to the ongoing role of the PS4, and the first bullet point stated that "(it will) remain the engine of engagement and profitability for the next three years."

By no means does this insinuate that the PS5 won't be out for another three years as there will likely be an overlap window wherein both are simultaneously on shelves. As pointed out by Engadget, Sony could be planning to price their next console at a loss while relying on the PS4 to maintain overall profit.

This news obviously affects the entire world of gaming, and we fighting game fanatics are no exception. There's been quite a bit of speculation as to whether or not established franchises such as Street Fighter or Tekken will wait for the next generation of consoles before rolling out new entries.

The fact that PS4 will still be around for a good while is nice to hear considering that Mortal Kombat 11 just dropped last month, and most major fighters are seeing continued development via post launch DLC. Even if PlayStation 5 comes out later next year, it won't necessarily mean the end of support for the already established titles.

You can view a few of the slides from the presentation right here, specifically the ones that lay out what has been revealed thus far and ongoing plans for the current system:

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