Sony seemingly has big plans for the future of PlayStation after filing trademarks for PS6, PS7, PS8, PS9 and PS10 in Japan.
There’s no denying the PlayStation is one of the most popular consoles out there, and the creators clearly have an ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ approach when it comes to naming their future creations.
I suppose as we already have PS1, PS2, PS3 and PS4, it would be nonsensical to change things now.
Sony hasn’t even released the highly anticipated PS5 yet, but according to Ge
matsu that’s not stopped it from filing the trademarks for potential follow-up consoles.
Unfortunately for hardcore PlayStation fans, however, the news doesn’t mean Sony will definitely release another five consoles – rather, the move acts as security for the company to ensure the names are kept available.
The tactic is not a new one for Sony, which trademarked the PS2 and PS3 one year before their respective releases, and the PS4 seven years before its eventual launch.
You've got to think ahead if you want to stay ahead in the video game business – and that's exactly what Sony's doing. Far far ahead.
The company behind PlayStation has filed trademarks for PS6, PS7, PS8, PS9 and… pic.twitter.com/aVOe5c7SVt
— Game On News (@GameOnNewscom) October 29, 2019
Its well-organised nature became even more apparent when it trademarked the PS5 in 2006 – 14 years before the console’s release.
As there’s a seven-year gap between the PS4 and the PS5, which is set to arrive at the end of 2020, it’s probably going to be decades before the possibility of the PS10 is even really on the table. However, as Sony has been filing these trademarks earlier and earlier, it makes sense that it’s getting the next five consoles sorted in one swift move.
For now, however, PlayStation fans should probably focus on Sony’s more imminent PS5 plans, as they’re the ones that seem more certain.
— PlayStation (@PlayStation) October 8, 2019
The company confirmed the release date for the PS5 earlier this month with a simple tweet reading ‘PlayStation 5 launches holiday 2020’.
In a recent job listing, Sony expressed high hopes for the new console as it revealed the successful new employee would help ‘to build next-generation cloud infrastructure’ and ‘will also be one of the leaders of an elite team that is super excited to launch the upcoming world’s fastest console (PS5) in 2020’.
Jim Ryan, President and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE), spoke about the company’s expectations for the PS5 on the Playstation.Blog, writing:
One of our goals with the next generation is to deepen the feeling of immersion when you play games, and we had the opportunity with our new controller to re-imagine how the sense of touch can add to that immersion.
There’s certainly a lot to look forward to for PlayStation fans!
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Emily Brown first began delivering important news stories aged just 13, when she launched her career with a paper round. She graduated with a BA Hons in English Language in the Media from Lancaster University, and went on to become a freelance writer and blogger. Emily contributed to The Sunday Times Travel Magazine and Student Problems before becoming a journalist at UNILAD, where she works on breaking news as well as longer form features.