2020 is definitely next-gen focused, but Sony has been on the ball for a lot longer than just this past year, with PlayStation console names trademarked up until PS10.
As noted by IGN, last year Sony Interactive Entertainment filed trademarks for a number of potential future console titles in Japan. The names: “PS6,” PS7,” “PS8,” “PS9,” and “PS10” have all been cited for trademark in Japan, which – on the surface – sounds like great news for console gamers.
(At least we know Sony isn’t take the supposed “end” of console gaming too literally…)
For reference, the trademark names going all the way to the PS10 could take us a decent way into the future, as Sony trademarked the term “PS5” way back in 2006, despite it not coming to store shelves until 2020.
The news of the trademarks comes from Gematsu and @piercesword, but it might not actually mean what we think it does.
Of course when it comes to trademarks and patents, companies like to stay ahead of the curve so as not to miss out later down the line. Sony having trademarked PS10 doesn’t secure the console as guaranteed, it just means Xbox (for example) couldn’t steal the name.
Last year, Razer commented on a patent it had filed regarding a handheld console, stating that although it definitely sounds interesting, it doesn’t actually mean too much…
At the time Razer said: “As one of the world’s most forward-looking companies, Razer regularly applies for new patents for innovative concepts and designs.
“With more than 3,000 applications, Razer recently won prizes from the World Intellectual Property Organization for its innovations. At the start of 2013 we invented the first gaming tablet with removable controllers – the Razer Edge – years before devices like the Nintendo Switch were launched. Our patents may or may not be marketed and we do not comment on unannounced products.”
Whatever the trademarked Sony names might mean, at least we’re in the final stretch of the wait for the PlayStation 5.
PS5 will launch with a standard edition and a digital disc-less version.
Both editions of PS5 will roll out in select markets including North America and Japan on November 12, followed by Europe and additional regions on November 19.
The PS5 Digital Edition will be available for a recommended retail price (RRP) of £359.99 GBP/$399.99 USD, and PS5 with an Ultra HD Blu-ray™ disc drive will be available for an RRP of £449.99 GBP/$499.99 USD.
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