Sony recently announced plans to launch the PlayStation 5.
The newest-generation console will be released around Christmas 2020 and will be backwards compatible, meaning you can still play PlayStation 4 games on it.
Sony will have been working on the PS5 for many years but their strategy extends further than just to next year.
According to Gematsu, they have already filed trademarks for the PS6, PS7, PS8, PS9 and PS10 in Japan.
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Ok, so what does this mean exactly?
It means that Sony has potential follow-up consoles in mind but doesn’t necessarily mean that they will release another five consoles after the PS5.
It acts as security for the company to ensure they can use the names if they choose to.
Sony has done this before. They trademarked PS2 and PS3 one year before their respective releases, and PS4 seven years before it came out.
Indeed, PS5 was trademarked in 2006 – 14 years before the release of the console.
To trademark the names until PS10 simply gives Sony protection.
It’s one less thing to worry about as the company prepares to launch the PS5.
The console will feature some exciting new innovations including haptic feedback and adaptive triggers.
“With haptics, you truly feel a broader range of feedback, so crashing into a wall in a race car feels much different than making a tackle on the football field,” explained Jim Ryan, President and CEO of SIE.
“Developers can program the resistance of the triggers so that you feel the tactile sensation of drawing a bow and arrow or accelerating an off-road vehicle through rocky terrain.
In combination with the haptics, this can produce a powerful experience that better simulates various actions.
We can’t wait.
Sony has high hopes for its new console, writing in a recent job listing that the successful new employee “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”.