We are only two years after the release of the PlayStation 4, the Xbox One, and Grand Theft Auto V (GTA V), but there are definitive talks already of the two consoles and the phenomenal game’s predecessors. It was only in 2013 when the three household names were released, but well into 2016, the only way is to go forward.
Unconfirmed reports are coming in that GTA 6 is already in the works and when it releases, it won’t be for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, but for the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Two already. Rockstar remains mum about their target date for GTA 6, which our guess is because it doesn’t want to set expectations again and not meet it. However, a lot of game analysts and critics believe that when GTA 6 arrives, it will be on the next-gen console: the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Two.
As early as now, rumors of the PlayStation 5 are already circulating. Mobipicker reports that sometime last year, a job posting was put up regarding Sony hiring game developers. The job posting reads as follows.
“We have an exciting opportunity at Sony Computer Entertainment of America (PlayStation). We seek a senior game programmer to assist us in developing a game used for R&D purposes related to our next generation gaming system. For someone passionate about gaming this is a very rare opportunity. After reviewing the below job profile, if this is you, please apply!”
“Next generation gaming system” only means one thing if we’re not misreading this job posting: Sony is already working on PlayStation 5. In fact, a lot of rumors are going around as to what PlayStation 5 will be and will have. Lawyer Herald writes that the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Two are likely to be discless consoles that are virtual reality-enabled and running on AMD processors.
In fact, former Xbox chief officer Robbie Bach already suggested that a successor to the Xbox One is on the way, and it will be much more different than the current models. Xbox One’s Phil Spencer has also confirmed the future of the Xbox Two in an interview with TechRadar.
“… fully expect that you’ll see another console from us. Our best customers are Xbox console customers, and I want to keep those people engaged both on the Xbox One and anything we might do in the future. I’m 100% committed to that. I don’t want to dilute what the Xbox console customer feels. I want to expand what we’re able to do for more customers.”
Xbox Two, however, is what the industry fondly calls the upcoming Xbox console. Spencer reiterates that he hopes the next Microsoft console won’t be called as such.
PlayStation 4’s Shuhei Yoshida has been dropping hints about the PlayStation 5, too. In an interview with Re/code as early as 2014, Yoshida is hopeful about the PlayStation 4 successor.
“It’s really up to the game creators. If they still feel that we need more machine power — ‘We want to realize this and that and that, but we cannot do [it] with PS4’ — if that’s the case, there’s a good reason to have PS5, so that developers can create their vision. So, we’ll see.”
Yoshida’s comment brings us back to GTA 6. That if they needed “more machine power” as Yoshida describes it, the next-gen console will be a possibility. PlayStation Magazine Editor Ben Wilson adds that there is a huge possibility that PlayStation 5 will be a streaming device, what with the success of game streaming and digital downloading.
Besides, since Nintendo is upping its ante with the rumors that it will be able to tap more efficiently into other gaming devices with the upcoming Nintendo NX, there is still room, definitely, for improvement on the current Xbox and PlayStation consoles.
GTA V is not yet done, anyway. There are more DLCs on the way and much to be explored in terms of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4’s capabilities. If indeed GTA 6 is already underway, alongside the Xbox Two and the PlayStation 5, we are hoping that it’s going to tap into virtual reality — the future, obviously, of the gaming industry.
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