The PS1 and PS2 had so many great games to play. Even in the later years when the PS3 was already out, you could still find a few good ones like Persona 4.
The PS3 had some good games too, but I don't recall as many as PS2. Then again, I did jump into that console when the PS4 was new, so I can't really say.
I think VR is at a slow growth because their main demographic is more invested in the games and online services. Though I am surprised that it is growing. Had I not heard this, I would've just figured that it came and slowly faded away. So it's nice to see some growth for that technology.
I remember when Sony started making a big deal about some of the HD Collections they made of PS2 games. While I like those collections, that kind of goes back to my point that some of these systems are more dumping grounds for past games. Though if you jumped onto the console when the PS4 was new, I imagine some stores were replacing their PS3 stock with PS4 games, so you wouldn't know about some PS3 games unless you went out of your way to find them.
Their medium-term strategy pretty much hinges on what you've said. While VR is growing, Sony is relying more on revenue from PlayStation Plus.
Personally, I do wish Sony could stay in the portable market somehow, even if by all accounts they shouldn't. I could suggest a new Xperia Play, as a way to salvage their mobile market while having a spiritual successor to the Vita, but I don't think the original Xperia Play, their mobile phones, or the Vita have succeeded enough on their own to justify something that could attempt combining all of those products. However, Oculus Rift (Which from my impression seems to be one of the more popular VR systems, though I may be wrong) has just seen a successor in Oculus Go. So maybe a portable PlayStation VR could be their next step? They can maintain a foothold in VR, while also trying to reclaim a spot in the portable market. Although, with the slow growth of PlayStation VR, that may not be feasible either.
I don't know, basically I want Sony to have something to compliment the potential PS5, but the majority of their options seem to be more of a liability to them.
Maaan I finally got around to getting the PS4 last year of course I get it near the end.
Though with how few hours I spend console gaming unsure I'd bother getting the PS5 when it comes out if that's what this means.
I mean, I got a PS4 about two or three years ago, and it still feels like I haven't had it too long, or at least made the most of it. Though that's mostly because I have my PS3 and PS4 both connected to the same TV, and find myself still playing my PS3. And even then, in hindsight I wish I had waited longer before getting a PS4, because I got the original model, and I would have loved to have the Slim or Pro as options at the time.
So when the PS5 is announced, they'd probably need something really enticing to make me get one immediately. Otherwise I'd be happy to just wait for the inevitable Slim model, or maybe a Pro if they try that again. The PS2, PS3, and PS4 have all had Slim models, so I'm fairly confident they'll do that again here. But as I've seen people point out, the PS4 Pro already has high-end graphics, and since Sony's main selling point of the Pro is its ability to simulate in 4K, I don't think there would be a PS5 Pro? 4K is the new high-end, so you can't get any better than that, so I imagine they'd want 4K in the original form of a system, rather than needing a hardware revision. So the PS5 could be a successor specifically to the PS4 Pro, rather than the PS4 line as a whole.