Lorne Lanning, the creator behind Oddworld has said on the Game Informer Show that Shuhei Yoshida has expressed his uncertainty on whether we will see a PlayStation 5.
Lanning said Shuhei made the statement when he asked him about the possible future of the console. “I said, ‘well, what does the PlayStation 5 look like?’ and he said ‘you mean if ‘. I said are you willing to say that on a stage?’ and he said ‘yeah, it’s an if’.”
This doesn’t necessarily mean the death of the PlayStation brand, but could rather hint at a future where consoles are upgradable or iterations of consoles will have shorter periods between the different generations.
Lanning continued, “It was a really interesting thing,” said Lanning, “and he didn’t give me a clear answer, but he’s hinting at [needing] to be more agile. None of us know what the future really looks like, so how do we adapt faster? To me, that’s the way he was thinking about it. The idea that you’re going to be releasing a piece of technology that lasts seven years into the future, I think, is less and less viable.”
At this stage, we have to take Lanning’s word for it, until it is confirmed by Shuhei Yoshida it stays firmly in the realm of rumours. Having said this, his statement makes sense especially in the light of the PlayStation 4.5/Neo rumours as well as the rumours that Xbox have been prototyping upgraded versions of the Xbox One.