Journalists misunderstood John Coder.
On May 23, popular gaming media, as well as the Ars Technica portal, reported that the PlayStation 5 will be released no earlier than 2021. Even Jason Schreier from Kotaku shared false information , who usually, on the contrary, fights for the accuracy of wording.
As a confirmation of their words, all these media quoted SIE CEO John Codera as quoted in The Wall Street Journal .
We use the next three years to prepare for the next step. We will sit down to jump even higher in the future.John coderSIE CEO
However, this phrase was taken out of context. Koder spoke about the company’s plans for the next three years, and not about the launch time of the PlayStation 5. According to other media that attended the event, the head of the SIE, on the contrary, refused to talk about the timing of the start of the console.
Moreover, the Bloomberg journalist, who also interviewed the head of SIE that day, clarified what Koder had in mind when he said that his company should “sit down” before the jump – it was a question of falling demand for PS4 and huge investments in launching new hardware.
Disagree with WSJ. I also interviewed [Kodera], and he did not mean that the PS5 will be released in three years. In addition, Sony predicts a sharp drop in profits from the PlayStation division by March 2021. This indicates a big start up of the hardware. I believe the PS5 will go on sale in the fall of 2020.Yuji NakamuraBloomberg editor
In addition, Koder simply could not tell the media the timing of the launch of the PS5 so early. Usually, the start of console generations is tied to some kind of breakthroughs in the field of hardware, but sometimes companies force processes depending on the market situation.
At the same time, back in April, Jason Schreier of Kotaku, guided by anonymous developer polls, said that the PlayStation 5 will be released “not before 2020”. According to his observations, the first devkits – PCs of comparable power – developers will receive approximately 24 months before the start of sales.
Communicating with the press, Kodera confirmed that the PS4 is entering the final phase of the console cycle. Sales of consoles will begin to fall, but Sony plans to compensate for this by increasing sales of games and PS Plus.