Sony: PS3 Has Not Yet ‘Peaked’, Next-Gen Impacting Current Gen Projects

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Sony PS3 Not Yet Peaked

It’s no secret that both Sony and Microsoft have begun work on their next-gen consoles. While neither will outright admit it, or provide concrete details about their highly anticipated machines, gamers know that 2013 should see these new consoles’ coming out parties.

However, at least as far as Sony is concerned, the company has to temper expectations for a next-gen console with a current-gen console that is still performing quite well. It’s something that Sony has already addressed — the idea that the PS3 still has a lot left to give — and they are apparently struggling to balance development resources constantly.

Speaking with CVG, Sony’s Managing Director of PlayStation UK, Fergal Gara, claims the PS3 still has a ways to go before it “peaks.” When looking at the numbers, Gara believes that Sony’s console is holding up better than others, and therefore is apprehensive about completely abandoning the PS3.

“If you look at continental Europe, PS3 hasn’t even peaked yet. Why would you run away from a console business when you’re not even top of the hill? We’re certainly not going to run away from it.”

Even though Gara might believe the PS3 hasn’t run its course that apparently is not stopping Sony from devoting studio resources towards the next-gen. Furthermore, the company’s new handheld, the PlayStation Vita, also occupies a certain amount of resources, stretching the company even thinner.

While Gara wouldn’t provide any clues as to where Sony is headed for the next-gen — will it be disc-based, how much of an improvement will it be over current-gen, how much will it cost — he makes a good point about keep gamers’ focus on some of Sony’s exciting new content. Yes, as Gara points out, the company doesn’t have a big triple-A game for Christmas (although PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale fans might disagree), but they have some intriguing titles slated for 2013.

“We don’t have to talk to the same audience all the time. We have a stronger play on family this Christmas, and for the core games we will leverage third parties a bit more. I’m convinced we’ve got some great games coming out next year, such as The Last of Us and Beyond.”

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Games like The Last of Us and Beyond: Two Souls are important parts of Sony’s current-gen slate, and will presumably help keep the PS3 going whilst next-gen talk significantly ramps up. There are also a few multiplatform titles (like BioShock: Infinite and Tomb Raider) that many gamers are eager to get their hands on.

Current-gen is by no means dead, but at some point keeping the PS3 afloat is going to conflict with next-gen work. Just look at this past E3, where developers were showing off new and exciting titles like Star Wars 1313 and Watch Dogs, but couldn’t give concrete answers about what consoles they might launch on.

Gara might believe that the PS3 hasn’t reached its peak, but for a lot of gamers, and maybe a lot of developers, it’s time for the next-gen.

Do you agree with Fergal Gara’s comments about the PS3 not having peaked yet? Should Sony hold off on next-gen talk until after games like Last of Us and Beyond have launched?

Source: CVG

TAGS: Beyond Two Souls, PlayStation, PS3, PS4, Sony, The Last of Us, Vita

  • Alter

    and whos fault is it this time ? maybe if they had stooped making hand held an thin crust pizza if you know what i mean this would not be a issue

    • Matt

      Thin crust pizza?

    • Poncho

      Sony makes pizza? Do they deliver?

    • Shalkowski

      What in the hell are you talking about? Your post makes no sense what so ever. Its no ones fault that things get out dated. And for the pizza thing, lay off the pot for a while.

      • boogoo

        If I had to take a guess he might be referring to the slim PS3 models Sony puts out. Or he could just be high…

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  • Daniel Ratterree

    The PS3 has by no means peaked and still has plenty of juice left in it.

    • Eriberto Medrano

      Well, in terms of games that have been to use the full power of the console, it has been maxed. Games, like Uncharted 3 and Killzone 3 have used rougly 100 percent of the power PS3.That is why the graphics for them are amazing.NaughtyDog themselves said that if they were to make Uncharted 4 on the ps3, it wouldn’t be able to handle it.

  • Shalkowski

    No, it has definately peaked. It is time for a new generation, but thats hard to do when devs keep popping out games for the older gens. I mean I would’ve loved to see The Last Of Us on the PS4. Having a good exclusive PS4 title/series right off the bat would be great. Plus im sure NaughtyDog would love to show off the new gens power. When games start to have two discs because there isn’t enough space on them, thats just another indicator that it is time. Just as long as the new gens will be compatable with the PS3 and/or 360 games, I will be happy. Also, if the new gens wont have physical discs, im gonna be pissed.

  • Jak Frost

    Neither xbox or playstation has peaked yet

    • Matt

      I would argue that both the PS3 and Xbox 360 have peaked in terms of performance and graphics. It’ls like Eriberto Medrano said, Uncharted 3 and Killzone used about 100% of the PS3’s power, and Assassin’s Creed 3 and The Last of Us will us just as much, if not more. The PS3 and Xbox 360 have old technology, and their graphics and performance don’t compare to a decent PC.

      • Eriberto Medrano

        Thanks for agreeing with me Matt. Yes, in terms of performance and graphics they have been maxed. Even when the the next-gen of video game consoles arrive, Both Sony and Microsoft will continue to support them. They have stated that they have a 10 year-cycle for the PS3 and Xbox 360. So they will continue to develop games for them until at the very least 2015.

  • jay

    yea the ps3 has already used 100% of its Gpu and CPU. but its still a very acceptable gaming console until 2015. not many gamers have seen video games played on a PC with a good radeon or nividia graphics card with a 3.5-4.0+ ghz cpu. so this current gen consoles should be fine unless ur a pc gamer.