Mere months after whispers Sony was preparing for its upcoming PS5 launch with a "big infrastructure/platform update for PSN" comes the clearest evidence yet that the Japanese console maker is readying its PlayStation 5 assault on the next-gen console war.
The evidence comes courtesy of an official Sony PlayStation job listing for a Senior Network Operations Engineer at PlayStation's Alison Viejo offices in California, which when it was posted originally contained the following revealing details about exactly what the successful candidate would be working on:
Not only does the job listing specifically state that the engineer will be developing "an advanced global IP network" that will enable "low latency game streaming services to PlayStation Now customers around the globe", but it also directly states that these technological developments will help "build the next generation PlayStation backbone."
"Next generation PlayStation" couldn't be much clearer now, could it? And this big focus on a gaming future heavily involved with streaming games tallies perfectly with many of the leaks and analyst commentary we've seen so far.
Indeed, for Sony's rumoured 5G PSP to come to fruition, then a next-gen game streaming platform is an absolute must, for example.
Adding even more weight to this detailed description of Sony's network and cloud services focus for the PS5 was the fact that, mere days after the original job listing was posted, it was mysteriously altered to remove any reference to "next generation PlayStation". The modified version (opens in new tab) of the job listing, which is what is now displayed, can be viewed below. Compare it to the original (opens in new tab) above to see the difference:
Could this be yet another crack appearing in what has been reported as Sony's covert operation to release the PlayStation 5 much earlier than it originally said it would? Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO John Kodera originally said that there would be no new PlayStation until 2021, but, if the latest reports from industry analysts are accurate, the PS5 looks like it could actually be with us "at the end of 2019" or, at the very least, by E3 2020.
A job listing posted now could sync with any of those time frames, be that 2019, 2020 or 2021, however, considering leaks have suggested work is already well under way in the PSN overhaul for the PS5 launch, it's easy to see how commentators could lean more towards the earlier release dates.
One thing is for sure, though, a powerful new PS5 console capable of playing awesome PS5 games both natively via powerful internal hardware and by a lighting fast and buttery smooth cloud-streaming service like PlayStation Now would certainly equip Sony gamers well to enjoy the games they love exactly how and where they want.