PS5: Kaz Hirai Interested In Pushing A Platform, Claims Of A Discrete GPU Analyzed



Sony President Kaz Hirai recently commented on the possibility of PS5 while answering questions about Sony’s future plans in an interview with Nikkei Asia. Here is what he had to say when asked about a PS5 release.

“Our game subsidiary is discussing which direction to take — how to use a big platform like the PlayStation going forward. Generally speaking, I don’t think it is a good idea to drop consoles entirely, since we seek to offer the platform worldwide”,

The  important thing here being that Kaz Hirai is more inclined in pushing a platform rather than just dropping a console. With Sony only going strength to strength this year and a move towards a service model it makes sense for Sony to adopt this route.

With the launch of the highly awaited Xbox Scorpio so close, many are expecting Sony’s next move to be the launch of a new console that might be a direct successor to the mighty PS4. The company might already have PS5 in mind, only a few years into the lifetime of their mid cycle update the PS4 Pro.

Tweaktown has also reportedly talked to someone that knows about Sony’s next console, the PlayStation 5. The individual apparently talked a bit about the hardware that might be inside the console. This “insider” confirmed that there will be no APU like Project Scorpio inside the PlayStation 5 and yet also did not rule out the possibility of a discrete GPU (although he didn’t specifically confirm it will be there).

The claims that Sony might be going for a discrete GPU this time around in favor of ditching the APU that they had used with the PS4 is exciting , as this would mean the console will feature a proper GPU instead of a watered down version. They claim that their source is “someone who is deep in the industry and would know a fair amount of what to expect”. Their source also says the console definitely wont be released in 2018. There are however no official reports or leaks about any of this so it might just be industry rumors and should definitely be taken with a grain of salt.

It does seem that Sony is being very careful and is not at all talking about Project Scorpio which leads me to believe that PS5 will not only be a powerful console but a platform with better services , and this is perhaps what Kaz Hirai actually means when he says he is more inclined to push a platform.

PS4’s sales are brilliant currently and Sony does not see Project Scorpio as a threat , and hence Sony is likely to take its time and wont rush into  releasing a console. The PS5 appears to be still be on the proverbial “drawing board and it will take some time before its actually released”.


  • Deadpool

    I can’t wait.

  • jznlv

    Whenever it comes out I will take 2!

  • War ASP

    Praise Sony, incredible! I will buy it based on the name brand – a sign of quality! Xboners will be left in the duste! Defense force 4 lyfe No lie, you know it… BALLIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • shinningserpent

      you sound like a nerdy fan sissy.

  • Kevyn Bradley Grams

    PlayStation definitly needs to become a Platform or Ecosystem as opposed to a singular piece of hardware. It will be very interesting to see how they transition to PlayStation 5, or if they even continue with the numbers at all. I think going forward, they can never completely ditch the userbase ever again. They are going to have to offer support for PS4 longer than the standard 10 years, and they are going to have to software compatability remain stable. No more loosing your games library in the transition to the next generation.

    Ultimately I would like to see the PlayStation OS, PlayStation Network, and PlayStation Store injected into all Sony devices. I want the same expereince on my PlayStation to carry over to my Sony TV, Sony Phone, Sony Tablet, Sony Camera, Sony Reciever, or Sony Car Audio expereince. A unified Sony expereince on their own OS, would greatly improve everything for Sony. The User Experience would be much better, their ability to make moves to new tech would be much faster due to the control they have over the OS, Network and Store, and they would greatly increase profits thanks to advertising, and sales on their own tech.

    Hopefully this is where Kaz plans to go. Sony needs an alternative to Android. They have been pouring billions of dollars into Android for the last 5 years, and are still struggling to stay out of the red ink. On the other hand PlayStation is now the most successful it has ever been, and drriving them to the highest profits in their history. It is time for a One Sony expereince, and time tht PlayStation games where no longer resticted to a single Sony device. Lets see what happens when Sony unleashes it’s industry leading OS, Network, Store Front, and Exclusive content across all Sony products.

  • Fel Martins

    They should release it in 2020. That gives the Pro a few years on the market. Also, release it earlier in the year. There’s really no reason to release a console in November, as we’ve done in the past. If anything, the Switch proves that a console will be popular whenever it’s released. The only reason the Christmas holiday season made sense in the past was because consoles were bought for kids and it was a big purchase. But now the average gamer is in their mid to late 30s. We have jobs. If anything, release it during the summer, teenagers can save up from summer jobs if you’re really afraid of losing that market and that lets you get any supply issues dealt with before the big holiday rush.

  • Nelson Muntz

    Interesting, but I’ll take that grain of salt on this.

  • JamesDax