Cloud gaming is still in its infancy at present, with Sony having its own service in the form of PlayStation Now. The next video game console could add backwards compatibility for older titles, according to a new patent secured by the Japanese technology company.
"At this point, what I can say is it's necessary to have a next-generation hardware", said Sony boss Kenichiro Yoshida in an interview with the Financial Times. Both the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X, for example, are iteration upgrades rather than true next-gen hardware over the base PS4 and Xbox One models, respectively.
The CEO of Sony has all but confirmed the PlayStation 5, although, he never actually called it that. The PlayStation 4 console has sold roughly 76 million units worldwide, in comparison to Nintendo's Switch (17.79 million) and Microsoft's Xbox One (Between 30-50 million units).
That makes sense if streaming is to be the focus, since the whole point is that the device you play the game on doesn't have to be that powerful. At current, the PS4 is now the best-selling current-generation console.
Industry sources with knowledge of Sony's plans tell the Financial Times that the new console "might not represent a major departure from the PS4, and that the fundamental architecture would be similar".
Sony has indicated it is in the midst of creating the follow-up to the PlayStation 4. Kodera still sees potential in portable gaming, and thinks it shouldn't be separated from console gaming but seen as another way to experience gaming. As expected, Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo have all been rumored to be working on new gaming systems.