The PlayStation 5 is expected to release next year along with the next Xbox from Microsoft. While the PS4 has been the winner of the console wars this generation, things might not be the same for the PS5 as its competition is going to be greater than just Microsoft. It has to compete with Google as well.
Sony might have partnered with Microsoft for cloud and AI but both companies are still going to be rivals when it comes to selling the hardware. Jack Tretton Ex PlayStation USA Boss touched on the matter and mentioned that while Sony was well positioned with the PS4 and it will be moving forward the company is going to face greater competition. The following is what he had to say in this regard:
Their business model obviously worked well for them the last time around, and it doesn’t look like they’re going to deviate from that. They’ll be well-positioned. But I do think they’ll face exponentially more competition than they did the last time around.
Sony might be employing the “don’t fix what is not broken strategy” here but some would say that is not the way to go. Google Stadia is a cloud gaming platform what will allow you to stream games to any device that includes phones and TV. While the platform is going to be available in limited regions when it launched later this year, the promises that Google has made are very ambitious indeed.
Stadio is supposed to make hardware and downloading a thing of the past and that is something that every gamer would like to see in the near future. Tretton went on to mention the following:
Microsoft should give them a better run for their money, and Stadia is a new wrinkle in the market that didn’t exist in 2013. Nintendo is more relevant this time around. It’s going to be a much more competitive market. There are new players. But they’ve learned some valuable lessons in this generation. It should be great for everyone in the business, whether you’re a developer or a gamer. It’s going to keep everyone on their toes.
Backward compatibility with PS4 is something that has already been confirmed for the PS5 and that is a great thing that the competition has already covered. Sony has also confirmed that the PS5 will have a very fast SSD which might give it some sort of edge over the competition but that is something that we have yet to see keeping in mind that we do not know what the upcoming Xbox is using in terms of storage.
Let us know what you think about this statement from Jack Tretton Ex PlayStation USA Boss and what who you think will come out on top this time.