Sony recently announced that the company would not be holding a PlayStation Experience (PSX) event in 2018. This is the first time this has happened since the popular convention started in North America back in 2014. PSX is an annual event which showcases upcoming PlayStation games and hardware.
Sony Chairman Shawn Layden explained the news on a recent episode of the PlayStation BlogCast:
“Now that we have Spider-Man out the door, we’re looking down in 2019 to games like Dreams and Days Gone, but we wouldn’t have enough to bring people all together in some location in North America to have that event.
We don’t want to set expectations really high and then not deliver on it. It was a hard decision, but we have determined that this year we will not hold PlayStation Experience.”
This is understandable reasoning by Sony, especially after two of the most highly anticipated PlayStation 4 exclusive titles have already launched in recent months. God of War released back in April and Marvel’s Spider-Man arrived last month, in September. Both these games received critical acclaim and smashed various sales records.
However, there could be another reason why the company may be choosing to skip their annual event. Sony might be focusing on the PlayStation 5 console. Of course, the system has not yet been confirmed and there hasn’t been any notable leaks, so this is all speculation but it is worth looking at trends and examining certain insider information.
An industry analyst, Michael Pachter, speculates that we will see the PS5 launch in 2019/2020. According to this prediction the PS4 system, which released in 2013, would have had a total lifespan of six/seven years. When we look back at the previous generations of PlayStation consoles, we can see that both the PS1 and PS2 lasted six years. The PS3 lasted one year longer with a total of a seven year lifespan. Judging from this information, Pachter’s prediction seems to fall right into place.
It is also worth noting that we’re starting to see developers planning ahead to forge games for the next-generation of consoles. Polish developers, CD Projekt Red, dropped a hint that their dystopia RPG, Cyberpunk 2077, could be coming to the future generation of systems. Other hugely anticipated titles such as Bethesda’s Elder Scrolls VI and Starfield are some time away from releasing. It’s very possible that we will see both games launch on next-gen consoles.
Obviously, this is all pure speculation which means it would be wise to take this information with a pinch of salt. However, it does appear that Sony seem to be tapering off this current generation. They could well be preparing for their next chapter, which is a very exciting prospect.