Over the past few years, both Sony and Microsoft have focused more on incremental power upgrades to their consoles rather than full generation leaps and new completely separate consoles. But we've all suspected for a long time that the next Xbox and PlayStation consoles couldn't be more than a few years away from announcement. Now, for the first time, Sony has acknowledged the fact that PlayStation hardware will go beyond the PS4 Pro.
"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.
What exactly is this new next gen hardware? Well, we don't know for sure. While many have assumed this statement means we're getting a PS5, with new games which won't run on PS4 consoles, we don't know for sure that it's not a PS4 Pro Pro or something similar. With the release of PS4 Pro and Xbox One X, the definition of "next generation" gaming hardware has shifted somewhat, so we're going to have to wait and see what this next generation hardware turns out to be.
In terms of future Xbox hardware, back at E3 Microsoft stated that “our hardware team, the same team that delivered unprecedented performance with Xbox One X, is deep into architecting the next Xbox consoles, where we will once again deliver on our commitment to deliver the benchmark of console gaming". This statement once again didn't confirm the nature of new Xbox hardware, but has lead many to assume an Xbox Two is on the way.