In conversation with President of Sony Worldwide studios, Shuhei Yoshida, at the Computer History Museum, Mark Cerny has dropped a hint that Sony may already be working on their next console, the PlayStation 5. On the question of console lifecycles, Shuhei Yoshida explained:
The great thing about consoles is that they don’t change…so developers can spend time learning about the console and develop engines that work…However, after a few years, computing always makes advancements so the technology becomes older and older. That cycle is usually 5 or 6 years.
So development of a new system takes 3 or 4 years, so the cycle was, every time the new hardware shipped, the hardware team or semiconductor team, immediately start researching the next console.
Cerny then replied with a very simple, with a wry smile:
Probably a good thing to do.
Suggesting that Sony may already be working on their next console, and it was quite telling that he didn’t push Yoshida on this issue any further, so could we be seeing Mark Cerny as the lead architect on the PS5 as well??