Firstly, the PS4 is still the best-selling console on the market, despite Microsoft’s efforts with the Xbox One S and One X.
So although Sony may well be thinking about its next console, actually dishing out dev kits seems very premature.
Now the balance of power is swinging in Microsoft’s favour (albeit with a more expensive console), Sony will want to redress that and offer a console even more powerful than the One X.
Or perhaps Sony will be able to counter with a less powerful but better-value console come that woolly 2018 launch date. We believe they continue, and this is a mid-generation release,” he is quoted by Gamasutra.
Secondly, putting a dev kit together all but locks in the hardware specs for the machine, meaning that said hardware already begins to age.
Minor adjustments can be made, but the core capabilities of the supposed Play Station 5 will be there.
Considering our belief that Sony won’t be launching the PS5 for a good while yet, it would be surprising to lock in hardware specifications at this stage, which could be massively outdated come launch.
Again, without any announcements, we can’t fully assess what the Play Station 5 will look like from a hardware perspective.
The PS4 has been so wildly successful because it’s been able to offer better performance on third-party titles over Xbox One.
Microsoft capitalised by offering extensive Xbox One backwards compatibility via consistent updates, with new games added almost weekly.
Both Xbox One X and PS4 Pro, as they’re not fully fledged ‘next-gen’ consoles, play all current and future Xbox One and PS4 titles respectively, but with improvements over being played on base consoles.
Having launched in November 2013, the PS4 has already been on the market alongside Xbox One for almost five years.
Of course, we’ve had iterative upgrades with PS4 Pro and Xbox One X, but many are still waiting for news of the next generation.