Over the weekend Sony confirmed that the PlayStation 2 would stop production right away, which had been after 12 years of retail sales and more than 150 million sales. This console had certainly been a success story Sony can be proud of, and after gamers heard that the PS2 production had stopped it immediately started alarm bells ringing for the Sony PS4 release date. Sadly gamers shouldn’t get too excited just yet, even if Sony has a press conference scheduled for CES 2013, but we can see this as one signal towards the approaching next-generation.
The end of a generation normally signals another – it is true that Sony officially stated they had started work on the PS4 many months ago, although this is the 12-year-old PS2 we’re talking about that has ended production. The PS3 is still selling and some analysts believe that the PS3 has a lot of life left in it yet, although the key to success for Sony’s PS4 will be the timing of an unveiling. Sony shouldn’t allow the Next Xbox to launch over a year before the PS4, like we saw with the Xbox 360 and PS3, but it won’t be easy for Sony to gauge what Microsoft will do in 2013/2014. What year would you like to see the PS4 release date fall in?
Sony contacted The Guardian in relation to the end of PS2 production, which you can read about in this article. They also mention the PS2 success story that included an amazing marketing strategy, and quotes well-known analysts and gaming writers about the history of PS2 and its success around the world. There is a hope that Sony create the PS4 with “off-the-shelf parts“, not only thanks to the lack of money Sony has right now but also the fact that the custom PS3 hardware did cause some problems for game developers.
Some people still hope to see customizable machines when the PS4 and so-called Xbox 720 arrive, which would allow for the hardware to be upgraded with much more than a hard drive as seen with the PS3. There are those that find this possibility hard to believe, especially when you consider games are developed for one type of console hardware. Some gamers would prefer to see a more powerful system from the start.
Share your memories of the PS2 – did you own the PlayStation 2, and if so did it provide many happy memories? Now that production for the PS2 has ended and we’re likely to see a PS4 launch within 2 years, what would you really hate to see happen next generation? Some of the early rumors are not being welcomed, and this includes the idea of the Sony PS4 killing used games.
It is also worth pointing out that Destination PlayStation takes place on February 25, which we doubt will reveal a new PS4, although that hasn’t stopped a number of blogs jumping on the bandwagon and predicting an early reveal of the PS4.