Shawn Layden, former Sony PlayStation executive, has spoken about the development process of PS5.
PS5′ development started immediately after PS4’s launch
Shawn Layden, former Sony PlayStation executive, has talked about PS5 on a YouTube program called What’s Up PlayStation. He addressed the issue of whether PS5’s exclusives will have a simultaneous release on PC at some point, but he’s also discussed the origins of PS5, confirming that they began working on the console the day after the debut of PS4.
Layden: “You begin working on the next-generation platform almost a day after you ship whatever the current generation is. PlayStation 5 development goes way back.”
Specifically, it’s eight years ago, as PlayStation 4 hit the market in late 2013, becoming one of the Japanese brand’s biggest successes.
“You’ve got to stay in front of it all the time. Years ago I worked as the personal assistant for (Sony Corp. founder) Akio Morita, and one thing that Morita-san would always say is ‘you’ve got to obsolete your own product. If you don’t obsolete your own product someone’s going to do it for you,” he said.
These statements have can cause some controversy. Despite the fact that PS5 is having a positive influence and selling well, the lack of components due to the pandemic appears unlikely to lessen in the near future, therefore not all gamers will be able to enjoy playing games with the next-gen console.
Layden: “So that’s why the minute you ship a product you already have a team way, way in the back–not getting any attention–who’s already working on the next version. You can’t stop and smell the roses with what your latest product is, you’re always building against that.”