Tekken Producer Katsuhiro Harada has suggested that the PS5 might well take the form of a service rather than a console. Now, Harada is known for having some pretty far-out (yes, I've been watching Bill and Ted, sue me) ideas, but actually as this one goes, it's not really that far-fetched.
"I think in the future things will be played on the service, rather than on the hardware," Harada told Famitsu (helpfully translated by Dualshockers). "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."
"The PS5 probably won’t have a main console, but just the screen and controller," he added. "So what remains will be just the name of the service. It could be named just 'PlayStation network'. Steam is defined a platform, but it’s not a hardware platform. It’s the name of the service."
The big barrier for widespread cloud gaming at the moment, of course, is network access and reliable bandwidth. Until services improve, there's no chance for cloud gaming to usurp dedicated consoles. But given how quickly technology is iterating, and given the length of this current generation of games consoles thus far, it's not too much of a fanciful notion to imagine that next-next-gen could simply see Microsoft and Sony roll out Xbox LIVE and PSN as licenced services.
What do you reckon?