Excited for PlayStation 5?

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Are you excited for the release of PlayStation 5?

By Daniel J. McLaughlin

Sony has started to release information about its new games console, which many believe will be the PlayStation 5.

It is attracting the attention of fans, who are excited for the next generation of gaming.

However, some are still comfortable with the successful PlayStation 4, and do not want to move on quite yet.

The Claim

Game Revolution's Tyler Treese explains why the PlayStation 5 is "so exciting" for fans.

He argues: "From the future of virtual reality to who the talented man that is in charge of development, it offered up plenty of reasons to be thrilled about the future of PlayStation and gaming as a whole."

Treese is excited by the involvement of Mark Cerny, who is once again leading development. He was the lead system architect behind the PlayStation 4 and the PS4 Pro, and he has worked on "an array of amazing games, from Crash Bandicoot to Spyro the Dragon to Marvel's Spider-Man.

He also praises the backward compatibility of the new console that will "make for an easy generational transition".

Players can expect better and more immersive virtual reality experiences. This is because the PlayStation 5 will be more powerful than the PS4, offering "some huge technical leaps compared to what we currently have in our homes".

Treese concludes: "We've only gotten a glimpse at the hardware powering the PlayStation 5 so far. Most of the exciting features that the system will support aren't even known yet.

"So if there's already this much to be excited about, imagine what innovations that we'll see next generation!"

The Counterclaim

However, Forbes' Dave Thier wants things to stay as they are, telling Sony not to make the PlayStation 5 for 2019 or 2020.

He says that the PS4 already has "an established install base, a big library and a great future".

While he will inevitably become excited by the prospect of the new console, Thier argues: "I like this time late in a console generation, when we spend less and less time talking about hardware and more time talking about games.

"I like it when games have the potential to sell to a much larger install base, and when I'm not the only one of my friends with a shiny new system."

He adds: "It's just so hard for a new console to not be a disappointment on some level, which is why we spend so much time at launch talking about potential rather than actual games in those early days, and why we obsess over numbers - it's because we don't have anything else to talk about."

The Facts

The PlayStation 4 is still making money for Sony with console sales barely dropping. It was launched in 2013, and it is seemingly still going strong today.

According to Engadget, from April to June last year, Sony sold 3.2 million PS4 consoles - only 100,000 less than were sold during the same period in the previous year.

Just over 40 million games were also purchased for the console.

Overall, the company has sold 90 million PS4 consoles and counting.

Sony's PlayStation division brought in nearly $750 million in front for the company - more than twice as much as any other department.

It is predicted that the PlayStation 5 will be released in 2020.

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