Sony has said that the PS5 will be with us for a long time, and it’s unlikely we’ll see a PS6 for some years to come. In an interview with Wired in 2019, lead architect Mark Cerny explained that Sony doesn’t want to “rush to a new generation” and instead is taking the time to develop its current console platform.
PS4’s development started in 2008, and then it was released five years later. PS5’s development started in 2015, and then it was released five years later. Based off a 2021 job listing from Sony that suggests the development of a new console, we can assume that the PS6 release date will be around 2026.13 Oca 2022
Even if Sony sticks to its usual schedule of one console per decade, we probably won’t see the PS6 until 2027 or later.
There’s been speculation about whether the next PlayStation will be called the PS6 or something else entirely. It could be called the PlayStation Plus, as Sony recently filed a trademark for it in Japan and Europe. This would make sense as it would tie-in with Sony’s current PlayStation Plus subscription service, which gives users access to free games each month and discounts on the store
There’s been talk for years we’ll reach an end of the traditional game console. Could we see Sony downsize to a flash drive-like device that plugs into your TV, like Stadia, perhaps? Possibly. Let’s assume that the PS6 is actually in the pipeline for now.
Sony has released a new PlayStation every several years. Since the PS3, Sony has provided a new console late in the year, so we expect the same for the PS6.
We’d be shocked if Sony decided to skip releasing a new console as we move closer to 2021. We’re also confident there will be more info about this in 2020.
We think it’s likely that all consoles will be backwards compatible upon release, but Sony has been relatively quick with upgrading their library of games for its current generation of consoles.