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Sony: The next PlayStation is another three years away

Speaking to The Wall Street Journal, the Japanese console maker revealed the next PlayStation won't surface for at least another three years.

Chris Kerr, News Editor

May 23, 2018

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Yesterday, Sony told investors the PlayStation 4 is entering the "final phase" of its lifecycle, suggesting its next flagship console might be right around the corner. 

Speaking to The Wall Street Journal, however, the Japanese outfit has clarified the next PlayStation is at least three years away. 

That means (what would presumably be called) the PlayStation 5 will surface at some point in 2021, representing a slight increase in the average six-to-seven year lifecycle of PlayStation consoles since the PS1 launched in 1994. 

Of course, Sony has already iterated on the PS4 since the original model launched in 2013, with the PS4 Pro giving consumers a way to upgrade their system mid-cycle.

The PS4 has sold over 73 million units to-date, and although Sony believes sales will slow as the console begins the last leg of its journey, it still expects to sell another 16 million units this fiscal year.

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Chris Kerr

News Editor, GameDeveloper.com

Game Developer news editor Chris Kerr is an award-winning journalist and reporter with over a decade of experience in the game industry. His byline has appeared in notable print and digital publications including Edge, Stuff, Wireframe, International Business Times, and PocketGamer.biz. Throughout his career, Chris has covered major industry events including GDC, PAX Australia, Gamescom, Paris Games Week, and Develop Brighton. He has featured on the judging panel at The Develop Star Awards on multiple occasions and appeared on BBC Radio 5 Live to discuss breaking news.

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