Could Sony Release a New Portable Console Before The PlayStation 5?

Sony PlayStation market presence in the current generation of consoles is undeniable, with Microsoft’s Xbox brand trailing and Nintendo’s Switch having only very recently hit the market.

Be that as it may, when it comes to the next-gen shift, the Xbox Two and perhaps a new version of the Nintendo Switch will have the chance to try and lead the market.


What’s more, with regards to new contributions from Sony themselves, is there anything that could be more popular than the forthcoming PS5?

The most recent tech news from Sony on the subject is that they will not be releasing a new console for a while.

Sony’s head of PlayStation, John Kodera, recently hinted that the company would be concenrating the next three years on the PS4 successor.

That would mean no new gaming machine until around 2021, which implies a very long lifecycle for the PS4, and PS4 Pro.

Kodera recently made some other remarks which seem to suggest that they are looking at the portable gaming market again.
“In my opinion, rather than separating portable gaming from consoles, it’s necessary to continue thinking of it (portable gaming) as one method to deliver more gaming experiences and exploring what our customers want from portable,” Kodera said during a roundtable in Tokyo – via Bloomberg.

“We want to think about many options.”

While this sounds pretty energizing for fans who want a PS Vita 2, it should be noted that Sony have also commented on moving away from hardware sales.

Nonetheless, the company are also known to be keen on expanding their subscription services, as well as focus on online content.

Having a new handheld system that can provide those on the go could help to expand the amount of PS Plus subscribers.

In any case, it’s natural to think that Sony might be eyeing the success of the Nintendo Switch, and what can be done to emulate it.

However, it’s also worth noting that Kodera also mentioned PlayLink games and the mobile space, which might be another area Sony are interested in.

It certainly sounds like Sony want to find a way to make portable gaming part of their next PlayStation experience, although there’s still plenty of time for their plans to change.

“It’s not yet the right stage to discuss specific hardware plans,” Kodera added when discussing about portable gaming integration.

If any product was able to challenge the Nintendo Switch in the handheld space, it could be a new offering from Sony.

Microsoft seem to have ruled themselves out of the portable gaming market, setting things up for an intriguing few years ahead.

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