This kind of news wouldn’t have been a problem for me back in the day, when it was up to my parents to treat my brother and myself to a lovely Christmas. In fact, I wouldn’t have been objectively excited by the story.

Yes that’s right, people; bad news for your wallets and your free time, since Sony have announced they’re working on a fifth addition to the PlayStation home console family, in the form of an unnamed PlayStation 5/4.5.

The reason I put 4.5 as a potential model number for the new console is because, while details are sketchy, they imply that it won’t be a huge departure from the current fan-favourite console.

While Sony’s Kenichiro Yoshida previously said:

it’s necessary to have a next-generation hardware

…Financial Times broke the news by saying:

early indications were that it might not represent a major departure from the PS4, and that the fundamental architecture would be similar.

So it’s anyone’s guess about what we can expect, really.

I’ve made some mock-ups…

Previous rumours about the PS5 were that it would feature backward compatibility, meaning you could play old-console games on it, as well as portable-gaming, much like the Nintendo Switch.

Generally, a PlayStation model is available on the market for roughly six years before Sony makes it obsolete with a new model, and next year would mark six years of the PlayStation 4.

I remember being drunk in HMV as I bought my PlayStation 4 with money I didn’t have like it was yesterday. Scary times that I’m going to be doing that again a lot sooner than I had anticipated.

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