First-Party Studios Already Working on PS5
According to reports, not only are PS5 dev kits already out in the wild but many Sony first-party studios have shifted focus towards next-gen development.
The report comes from industry analyst Daniel Ahmad who took to ResetEra to drop a few nuggets of insider industry info regarding Sony’s plans for the upcoming year. Ahmad has been correct before with his reports, including one last year that revealed PUBG was coming to PS4 before any official confirmation.
“In general, most of the focus for Sony 1P is on PS5 right now,” says Ahmad in a post. “It is still early to talk about next gen but I imagine we’ll hear some whispers come out of GDC.” Ahmad also added later that “PS5 dev kits are out there and I’ve heard positive things about it. But I wouldn’t expect any information in the immediate future.”
Sony has admitted that PS5 development is already underway but that we won’t see the fruits of that labour for at least three more years. Other reports last year mentioned it possibly dropping in 2019 and that it won’t be that much of a departure from the current PS4.
Ahmad believes that 2019 won’t have much in terms of PS5 announcements. Instead, he thinks “2019 will be another solid year for the platform due to the large install base, growing network sales, strong third-party software, first-party software and back catalogue.” He also went on to say that Sony “has a couple of unannounced games (already existing IP) with PS4 in mind but I’m conscious that there have been discussions around making them cross-gen/next-gen titles.”
While Ahmad does appear to have a firm grasp on Sony’s plans, it’s also possible he could be wrong. Like always, take this info with a grain of salt until we get confirmation.
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