Imagine the scenario where, in the not-too-distant future, your car will drive you autonomously…while you play a driving simulator on its built-in game console that offers immersive graphics and plenty of depth. It seems to be Honda and Sony’s plan, apparently, to add an integrated Sony PlayStation 5 game console for their future jointly developed electric vehicles, taking in-car gaming to a whole new level.
This has yet to be officially confirmed, but based on the information presented in this article by the Financial Times, it appears to be a distinct possibility. He quotes Izumi Kawanishi, president and chief operating officer of Sony Honda Mobility (the automotive arm of the tech giant) as saying
Sony delivers entertainment content, services and technologies that move people. We adapt these assets to mobility, and this is our strength against Tesla.
Newer Teslas already offer the ability to play games directly on their screen, but they can’t run demanding, graphics-intensive games just yet. Elon Musk said Teslas latest hardware was capable of running such titles, but so far this has not been implemented in production vehicles.
It’s also pretty clear that this advanced integration of the game console into a car would only really make sense if the vehicle could be driven without the driver needing to keep their eyes on the road. Sure, it would be cool to have a full PS5 built into a vehicle, but unless you can play it while the vehicle is in motion, not just stationary, it seems pointless.
The first vehicle from the Sony Honda Mobility joint venture will likely be an evolution of the Vision S concept, which has been shown numerous times over the past few years. Sony didn’t admit at first that it would be a real production vehicle, but it changed its story regarding this particular vehicle, which our spies spotted testing on public roads ahead of its debut in 2025. If so, it should be followed by a larger SUV-like version of the same vehicle.