The PlayStation 4 is “entering the final phase of its life cycle” according to Sony 3 years ago

The PlayStation 4 is “entering the final phase of its life cycle” according to Sony

All things must pass...

Just as the sun rises and sets, and the tide comes in and out, eventually one generation of games console is inevitably replaced by the next. The Super Nintendo and Mega Drive were replaced by the Playstation and N64, then the Playstation 2 and Xbox, then the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360.

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And now we are in the era of the Playstation 4 and the Xbox One. The PS4 has given us many, many classics since its debut in 2013  – Metal Gear Solid 5, Uncharted 4, Bloodbourne, The Witcher, Dark Souls III, God of War… And there are plenty of games on the horizon we are still excited about, including Spider-Man, The Last of Us 2, and Death Stranding.

But all consoles must eventually be replaced with something better, and after five long years we are getting hints that Sony could be calling time on the Playstation 4.

During Sony’s Corporate Strategy Meeting this week, Playstation boss John Kodera was reported as saying that the console was entering the “final phase of its life cycle”.

Wall Street Journal reporter Takashi Mochizuki reported it on Twitter, mentioning that membership services like Playstation Plus will continue to provide revenue.

Following these comments, Kodera gave another interview, where spoke about Sony "preparing for the future".

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Games industry consultant Serkan Toto translated the key points on Twitter.

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That three year time span had been previously quoted by Kodera, implying that we could see the Playstation 5 in 2021.