With all the recent talk on the next generation consoles and when they will be arriving, you may be surprised to hear that Sony has been speaking about their next console this week, which has been rumored to be appearing this year at E3 2012, alongside Microsoft’s next console.
We usually get the response from Sony that ‘they don’t comment on rumor and speculation’, however this time Andrew House, Sony Computer Entertainment president has revealed in an interview with CVG that they are not even thinking about their console, i.e the PlayStation 4 at the moment.
Instead, House opted to talk about the lifecycle of the PlayStation 3, suggesting that they will honor their initial stance of giving the PS3 a 10 year lifecycle, just like the Sony PS2. He did briefly talk about possible HD streaming options on future consoles, but added that there are still ‘significant barriers’ that needed to be worked out first.
Here’s a portion of his interview with CVG, conducted last month at the Japanese Vita launch:
”I don’t think we’re contemplating talking about anything to do with future console iterations at this point. But one thing I always point to is that, somewhat in contrast to our major competitors, we have, particularly with PS2, managed the length of the life cycle and ensured its profitability for our publishing partners for a much longer life cycle than has been true of the competition.’‘
Also mentioned is yet more whispers on whether or not the next gaming console from Sony would utilize a disc drive or not. Earlier this week we wrote an article which included the comments from an analyst who believed that the Sony PS4 would still be primarily disc-based. House meanwhile chimed in with his own opinions on the topic, saying that due to latency and other issues, retaining a physical media is still the ‘easiest consumer experience’.
What are your thoughts on the comments from Andrew House? Do you agree that all the recent talk on the PS4 appearing this year is premature? We’ve said it before numerous times, but the PlayStation 3 is far from finished at the moment and could still go on to be Sony’s primary gaming console for the next few years before a so-called successor appears.
UPDATE: House’s comments have just been backed up by Kaz Hirai, who has officially gone on record to say that they will not be announcing the PlayStation 4 at E3 2012. So there we have it, consider this rumor over.
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