Kenichiro Yoshida, incoming chief executive officer of Sony Corp., speaks during a news conference in Tokyo, Japan, on Friday, Feb. 2, 2018. Sony will promote Yoshida to chief executive officer, replacing Kazuo Hirai, rewarding its finance head for helping to restore earnings and the balance sheet of the Japanese electronics icon. Photographer: Akio Kon/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Sony president Kenichiri Yoshida has confirmed that the company is coming out with its follow up system to the beloved PS4. Following much anticipation of Sony’s response to cross-platform internet cloud gaming, there is speculation whether on not they are going to follow suit. Systems like Nintendo’s Switch and Xbox’s Project Cloud, taking on the $70bn global smartphone gaming market, allow players to game on any internet able device.

Mr. Yoshida recently caught up with the Financial Times, and was quoted saying that “At this point, what I can say is that is it’s necessary to have a next gen hardware”(Link to interview)

FT went on further to say that from its sources we know that it won’t be a major deviation from the PS4 and that the “fundamental architecture would be similar” which could possibly mean the system could stick to its stationary build and divert from the portable aspect such as the Switch.

That being said, Sony stated in their FY2017 financial report that they are adamant on continuing their participation in the 5G mobile phone network business, leading some to speculate whether a portable device is in fact on its way. (Link to report)

We got a glimpse of hope that a new system was on its way with the announcement of a bunch of games coming in the next couple years. Some of the titles include Bethesda’s Starfield, which according to Todd Howard at E3 2018 would “be launched on next gen”. Other games that come to mind based on their projected release date include Death Stranding and Last of Us: Part Two which are two highly anticipated titles.

In other monumental news, the PlayStation Preview Program has announced a new feature which will allow PlayStation user with a PSN ID to change their name, which has been a long time requested feature. The program is in its testing beta phase, meaning it is only available for certain users and not completely accessible as of yet. For those signed up for beta testing the first change will be free, after it will cost $10 CAD/USD per change. For PS Plus members it will be $5 CAD/USD after the first.

The Preview Program will run until the end of November and will most likely be rolled out or all by the beginning of 2019.

Stay tuned as we cover more exciting announcements from Sony.

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