updated 05:25 pm EST, Thu February 17, 2011
Sony says PS3 on usual 10yr cycle, no push for PS4
The PlayStation 3 isn't having its cycle accelerated to roll out its sequel, Sony Computer Entertainment head Kaz Hirai said in a chat on Thursday. He put the PS3 on the same 10-year track as earlier consoles and said the current system was "not at the halfway point yet." There were still hot games coming out for the platform, and the feature and software bundles would still get improvements, he told Impress.
"The PS4 or other fixed consoles aren't even part of the debate now," he said. "I mean, we're now concentrating on the PS3. In addition, the NGP and PS3 now make an appealing new partnership."
Although interpreted by some as hints of a delay in the PS4, the cycle reference is more likely to refer to Sony's view of the complete lifespan of a system, even after its successor arrives. The company has often been willing to keep a system afloat for as long as possible and kept the PS1 on the market until March 2006, or just after its decade was over. The PS2 has been at least as successful and is still selling competitively with much newer consoles, having just cracked the 150 million system mark.
Very few details have emerged of what the PS4 would become, but it's now thought to have been completely restarted. Intel's decision to scrap Larrabee may have pushed Sony "back to the drawing board," the Japanese publication said. Sony has ruled out plans for the PS3's Cell chip technology to be made on the 32 nanometer processes from this year, and it might not receive an upgrade until a 22nm or even 20nm process due significantly later. Sony has also reportedly had to devote more of its attention to the NGP, PlayStation Suite and the Xperia Play as the threat to mobile gaming from Apple's iPod touch and Nintendo were more important.
Microsoft was also claimed to be in the same situation as Sony and planning its next-generation console, but in a "not very advanced stage."