PS3 Owners Don't Need to Worry About a New Sony System Yet
People keep thinking that the PlayStation 4 is currently in development for release in the near future. While Nintendo may be moving on from their current console with the Wii U, Sony insists that the PlayStation 3 still has a long life ahead of it. And surprisingly, so does the PlayStation 2.
In an interview with Forbes, SCEA President Jack Tretton said, "PlayStation 3 is really just hitting its stride. And technologically, I don't think it's possible to provide any advancement beyond what we have. What we've seen in the competition is trying to add features that already exist on the PlayStation 3. We invested heavily in that, we rolled a very heavy rock up a steep hill, through the launch period. But now I think that all pays off, and we've got a long run way behind it. So, I wouldn't look for any discussion of a next generation PlayStation for quite some time."
Tretton also stated that Nintendo's big reveal of the Wii U didn't impress anyone over at Sony: "I didn't see anything about Nintendo's announcement that said, 'Oh, we'd better get working on rolling out a new PlayStation here pretty soon.' Our attitude is kind of 'welcome to the party.' If you're looking at being a multimedia entertainment device, if you're looking at high def gaming, that was 2006 for us."
Tretton and the rest of Sony seem confident in the PlayStation 3, and realistically, they have every reason to be. The machine is a stellar piece of hardware that provides great exclusive games, impressive third-party support, and all of the quality that gamers have come to expect out of the current console generation. Judging from what we've learned over the past couple of years, it's obvious the current console generation is sticking around for a while.
According to Tretton, however, Sony will also continue to push the PlayStation 2. When asked if Sony's last generation platform would continue to appear at retailers, the SCEA CEO simply said, "Yeah, sure is. We're going to sell another six million this year."