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?