Sony President Wants Focus on PS3 and NGP, Not PS4

Feb 17, 2011 by  

Sony Not Thinking About PS4

Gamers better start thinking about settling down with their good old PS3, as it looks like the PS4 isn’t coming anytime soon.  Speaking with Japanese website PC Impress Watch, Sony’s President Kaz Hirai said that the company will continue to keep its focus on the PS3 as well as putting all of their efforts into making the NGP more successful than its predecessor.

As Hirai sees it, this current PS3 lifespan is a ten-year cycle. As opposed to the previous six-or-so-year cycles for the PS2 and PS1, Sony sees the PS3 coming into what could be called a “second Renaissance” as it learns to play nice with the NGP.

Keeping the focus squarely on the recently announced NGP is obviously Hirai’s highest priority considering both the exciting new tech involved and a potentially high price point. By taking gamers’ thoughts away from the PS4, despite numerous requests they reveal it, Sony can keep the focus on making the experience had amongst the various PlayStation devices much more inclusive.

If you must read it to believe it, here’s what Hirai said, as translated by Eurogamer:

“As regards home consoles, the PS3 was put into business in 2006, and it has a 10 year life cycle…I think the value of the PS3 will continue to rise. Because of this, a near-future PS4 or next-generation home console is not something that we are even debating now. That is to say, we are still concentrating fully upon the PS3. Right now, I appeal to you to think of the PS3 and NGP as a new, co-operative partnership.”

Sure, it probably won’t be 2016 when Sony decides to unveil the PS4, since its competitors will most likely have rolled out one or two consoles by then, but perhaps gamers are looking at one of the longer console generations. With Move and Kinect completely reinventing the way in which developers can create for their respective platforms, Sony and Microsoft see the advent of motion control as their new console, in a way.

Like Nintendo, more or less, gave a GameCube motion control and called it the next generation, Sony hopes that introducing tech that improves, or at least causes the gamer to rethink, how they play games will be enough to sate some pretty voracious appetites.

Only time will tell when gamers will see the PS4, but, if Sony has its way, there will be enough content – PS3 exclusives and NGP items – to keep even the biggest Sony fan satisfied for a couple more years.

Do you think that Sony will stick to their plan and wait until 2016 to unveil the PS4? Is Sony making the right move by keeping focused on improving the experience of the PS3, while at the same time introducing the NGP?

Source: PC Impress Watch (via Eurogamer)

Tags: PS3, PS4, Sony, Vita

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  1. I miss the cycle. Sure it’s expensive, but I’d much rather have the next generation of consoles than Kinect and Move.

    • With CPU tech no longer doubling very 18 months a new console hitting the market every 5 years no longer improves things much. And the real lesson is over priced game consoles are still left in the shadow of the cheaper gimmic wii console. New consoles are sold at a loss ($400 for Sony when ps3 first came out). Sony is still ahead of it’s game with the wii2 only being marginally better then the xbox360. Sony shouldn’t rush just yet. The longer they wait the better the next hen hardware will be. I expect Nintendo to announce there next catchup console followed by Microsoft not wanting to be trumped by the marginally better wii2 then shortly after by sony. Right now Sony and Microsoft are enjoying sales of there kinect and move modules (finally allowing them decent profits on hardware sales ie they break even with their consoles but are actuallywith the over priced motion trinkets)

    • Anyways I doubt it will be 2016 it seems more likely Sony will react to the co potion by 2013 at the latest. Right now they should focus on like getting their psn network running.

  2. It hard to see how much more can be improved with a PS4. The PS3 is a multimedia machine that can pretty much do everything.

    3D gaming is the only level that they can exceed to and it will be a long time before we see that.

  3. What on earth would we even need a PS4 for? I highly doubt the PS3′s full potential has even been realized yet. Hell, the PS2 can still play current generation titles…

    Honestly, we probably wont even need a new Playstation console in 2016 either. Sadly, no matter how fast your processor is or how many megapixels or gigaflops your graphics card can handle, you can’t substitute Graphics for Game Play.

    The graphics are good enough now, time to focus on what a game is really about… the game itself, not the graphics.

    It’s like someone who reads novels being worried about the new paper thats being developed that allows for more realistic color pictures… really the picture quality can only get so good until its a non-issue. I think it has reached that point.

    • thats a dumb metaphor. you dont sound like you know what your talking about

      • That’s a dumb response – no basis for argument other than to call his metaphor dumb, just makes you look stupid.

        Personally I think Farulosonoth’s metaphor is spot on. The graphics capabilities of the PS3 have reached a point where increasing the number of polygons it can draw to the screen isn’t really going to make much of a noticable difference anymore. Unless Sony (or someone else) comes up with some new groundbreaking concept in gaming that the PS3 just can’t handle, there really isn’t any point upgrading the hardware when it can already cope with anything a game developer can throw at it.

  4. If this turns out to be true, I think we might see some truly innovative titles in the next few years. Giving the hardware a longer life cycle is definitely something I’m a fan of.

  5. @farulosonoth i think that’s one of the smartest commonts i’v read, u got it spot on man……..very true, i think 2020 or so is when we could see another console, which to me the ps3 could even last much longer than that

  6. ps4 will come in 2016 or around that time

    i hate it when people look at stuff like this and be like “my graphics are just fine on my 50 year old tv 480i dont make another console til 2020!” a new console doesnt have to just improve in graphics!

    ps4 needs to come around 2016 simple because sony messed up the hardware. its still hard for most people to program for the ps3, sony needs to make the hardware more programmable friendly so games can be made easier! imagine when people say “theres no difference to make a game for nintendo or sony so lets go with sony!”

    cause we miss alot of games for that issue

    i look on my ps3 and see so much that can be improve other then graphics, especially the ram! i for one cant wait for 2016!

    • I don’t see how being hard for developers to program is going to lead to a demand for a PS4, because the people who buy consoles don’t care how hard it is to program – it’s not the dev’s that drive the market. I do agree though that it’s not just about the graphics, there are other innovations which might happen in gaming that might warrant a PS4. Those innovations don’t exist yet, though. Holographic gaming would nice.

      • With CPU tech no longer doubling very 18 months a new console hitting the market every 5 years no longer improves things much. And the real lesson is over priced game consoles are still left in the shadow of the cheaper gimmic wii console. New consoles are sold at a loss ($400 for Sony when ps3 first came out). Sony is still ahead of it’s game with the wii2 only being marginally better then the xbox360. Sony shouldn’t rush just yet. The longer they wait the better the next hen hardware will be. I expect Nintendo to announce there next catchup console followed by Microsoft not marginally better wii2 then shortly after by sony. Right now Sony and Microsoft are enjoying sales of there kinect and move modules (finally allowing them decent profits on hardware sales ie they break even with their consoles but are actuallywith the over priced motion trinkets)

      • It’s difficult to develop for ps3 in the sense that most developers are stuck on direct3d so they can develop for the pc and xbox360 but run into snags especially when just trying to port to ps3.

  7. Technology of a software is VERY crucial to the actual outcome of a game. Not just about resolution and fps, which sure as hell helps a game, but about what the system can handle and new innovations. For example, a new controller design allows more flexibility for actions to do in the game, Blu ray becoming standard will mean longer games, and you will be able to do much more in any game. Battlefield Bad Company 2 was a great game that needed teamwork and tactics. It turned out almost unplayable because of input lag, low frame rate, choppy graphics, ect. If this game was on the ps4, it would be alot better and allow alot more actions to be done. I think by 2013 we need new consoles

  8. So only four more years until Sony launches a new system at an outrageously high price? Awesome, look like I should be playing on the PS4 around spring 2020. :P

  9. I am happy with this and I sure do hope they stick to their plan and make their hardware have more lifetime.

    I don’t think we need a new generation now, and the economy agrees with me.

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