According to a report today from VG 24/7, Tekken producer Katsuhiro Harada said he thinks that the PlayStation 4 will be the last Sony console with a physical body, that the PS5 will likely be cloud-based.
In an interview translated by DualShockers, Harada said the PS5 will probably be just a screen and a controller with no main console.
“So what remains will be just the name of the service. It could be named just “PlayStation network,” Harada said.
Harada compared the idea to Steam, which is the name for the Valve gaming service platform, but it’s not a hardware platform.
In the future, Harada said he thinks games will be played exclusively on a cloud-based service.
“The cloud is often mentioned, and if cloud services progress, the time when only the name of the service will remain will come some day,” Harada said.
Sony and Microsoft seem to already be trending toward the gaming service idea.
Gaikai, a stream service acquired this year by Sony, will allow PlayStation 4 gamers to access Sony’s back catalogue of PlayStation, PS2, and PS3 titles through cloud-based streaming.
Microsoft executive Albert Penello said this month that the Xbox One could essentially function like Gaikai though the Xbox One cloud.