But we've all suspected for a long time that the next Xbox and PlayStation consoles couldn't be more than a few years away from announcement.
In an interview with the Financial Times [Paywall] (via ResetEra), Sony CEO Kenichiro Yoshida was asked about the possibility of the next generation of PlayStation. Rumours of the firm's tentatively titled PlayStation 5 have been around since before the release of its predecessor, but Sony has finally made it official that it is working on new hardware.
The current console generation has been very, very kind to Sony. Project xCloud - a streaming service that allows users to play Xbox games on mobile, PC, and console - was revealed, and it's set to reshape the gaming world.
Both Sony and its traditional arch-rival, the Xbox-toting Microsoft (msft), have recently been moving towards support for game-playing across different devices.
We presume that to mean a PlayStation 5 is on the roadmap, and probably already in development.
The PS5 will reportedly have a similar architecture to the PS4 and "represent a major departure from the PS4", according to the Financial Times (behind paywall).
The PlayStation 4 has achieved frankly ridiculous success and is threatening to become one of the best-selling consoles of all time, and a consistent line up of stellar exclusive has only helped fuel that success.
A patent filed by Sony, "remastering by emulation", alludes to a new-fangled method for presenting updated textures in older titles so they can look their best on higher-definition displays. In all likelihood, we're more than halfway to a new generation, but Sony is in no rush.