Sony appears to have unintentionally given away their plans for a future PlayStation 5 launch when they put out a job advert for hiring process.
The advert posted on LinkedIn required the following skills:
PlayStation isn’t just the Best Place to Play —it’s also the Best Place to Work. We’ve thrilled gamers since 1994, when we launched the original PlayStation. Today, we’re recognized as a global leader in interactive and digital entertainment. The PlayStation brand falls under Sony Interactive Entertainment, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony Corporation.
Sr. Product Manager (Campaign Management)- San Francisco, CA
At PlayStation we are working at the frontiers of immersive experiences for our users. We are looking for an entrepreneurial Product Lead to join our Intelligence Platform Group. As part of this hands-on position you would work across Partners, Product and Engineering and contribute to development and growth of PlayStation Intelligence Platform. You will own the roadmap for next generation PlayStation campaign.
Other requirements that hinted at a possible PlayStation 5 release included looking for someone who is able to analyze industry trends and competition in order to contribute towards product strategy for PlayStation Campaign translate Product Strategy into an executable roadmap, easily collaborate with customers, stakeholders, design and consumer research to build a scalable and intuitive workflow for campaign.
- Someone who can partner with operations, legal, accounting, finance, sales, and service to design the business processes required to operationalize the platforms and products designed.
- Be able to develop product & platform positioning, feature development roadmap, marketing; functional and high level technical requirements. Also someone who can easily balance and manage technical, feature, capital funding, and schedule trade-offs.
Hiring process usually starts a year before any product release thus speculating based on their previous pattern it would be safe to assume a release date is on the horizon for PlayStation.
But this job advert isn’t the only lead that has sparked the rumors for a possible release this year.
A similar post seeking an engineer was probably a dead giveaway as well.
The second advert posted, “A senior software engineer will be responsible for designing an intelligence platform that’s “central to powering of next generation user facing features. Design and develop intelligence platform that’s central to powering of next generation user facing features, keeping a close eye on performance, and ease of operation and maintenance while fully understanding the tradeoffs required.
“Execute full lifecycle software development by owning architecting, technology selection, operational feasibility, scalability, cost efficiency, testability and monitoring capability,” the ad further read.
So perhaps it’s no coincidence after all that the CEO of Sony, Kenichiro Yoshida , mentioned to the Financial Times that it was crucial to keep evolving.
It would be futile to even attempt to guess a release date since it hasn’t been announced as of yet. But PlayStation enthusiasts should keep up their hopes for a 2019 launch for sure.