The Playstation 4 has been the indisputable leader of this console generation, absolutely crushing the Xbox One right from the start and dominating the industry with unseen force. They've been pumping out quality title after quality title, and there really doesn't seem to be any stopping the PS4 hype train. Or so it seemed, up until a recent investor meeting.
Sony may finally be running out of steam. At their annual "Investor Relations Day", Playstation CEO John Podesta confirmed that the PS4 is nearing the "end of its lifecycle". The issue? Their massive back catalog is starting to run dry.
The PS4's biggest recent titles like Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, Shadow of the Colossus, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Special Edition, Bulletstorm, and Final Fantasy Type-0 HD have all been huge sellers. The demand for HD versions of PS1, PS2, PS3, and PSP classics always seems to be through the roof. However, now that all of their major remasters are out of the way, what left is there to remaster? I mean, they already did Shadow of the Colossus. That's already the best game they've ever made, what else can they possibly do to top that? Last of Us? They did that one already too.
In their message to corporate investors, Podesta laid out their three-year plan for the PS4, leading up to their eventual release of the PS5. This year's biggest release is already set to be a remastered collection of the Spyro games. From there, they will pick clean the rest of their library. Next year can be the Sly Cooper games, and after that maybe Jak and Daxter. For the big games, you know, the ones they'll rely on as their big holiday titles. They'll definitely throw in a few Killzone or inFamous games here and there during the early parts of the year. And then? On to PS5.
Little yet is known about the PS5, except for this single image they shared of Shadow of the Colossus running on it in Ultra 8K HD HDR 120FPS.
The image may look a little grainy on your screen, as there are not currently any monitors capable of putting out such graphics. But I can assure you, it blows the above image of PS4 Pro footage out of the water.
Podesta ended the conference with a look towards the future, promising that the PS5 would launch at the very least with "Last of Us Part 1 and 2 Complete HD Collection", "Knack HD Trilogy", and "Shadow of the Colossus HD: HD Remastered - HD Special Edition".
While investors were a little shocked that Sony would put all their best cards on the table so early, Podesta assured them that they've got a few more cards up their sleeve now, as they've published maybe like two or three other original titles for the PS4 that they would love to bring to the PS5 at an undisclosed date.
I'm personally hoping it's an HD remake of The Last Guardian.