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E3 2008: Hirai Says Sony Doesn't Abandon Old Consoles

While it is true that Sony's forward-thinking has caused them to leave backwards compatibility behind, even the most annoyed PlayStation owners have to admit one thing: at the very least, Sony doesn't abandon old hardware.

Eurogamer interviewed Sony boss Kaz Hirai at E3 this year, and Hirai took a bit of a jab at the competition by saying they don't do the consumer "a disservice" by dropping old hardware like a hot potato when a new console arrives. ...essentially, like Nintendo did with the GameCube and Microsoft did with the Xbox. Obviously, Hirai cited the PS2 as a "prime example" of Sony's continued loyalty to old customers; it's now 9 years into the lifespan and they still have 130 games scheduled for that platform in 2008. Granted, neither the GC or Xbox sold 130 million units worldwide, but still, he makes a valid point. In addition, Hirai was asked who he thought was currently winning the console war, and his reply was consistent with what we've heard from him before:

"I think that winning and won are two different things. Where I stand, we look at it in the context of a ten-year life cycle as weve done with PS1 and PS2, which is certainly on its way. So its really a matter of looking back after ten years minimum and asking what youve actually accomplished in terms of the installed base. If somebody wants to say that theyre going to have a larger installed base, we should compare notes after ten years, because otherwise were not talking about the same thing."

Yes, Sony is definitely still talking about a 10-year lifespan for the PlayStation 3, as once again evidenced by SCEA president Jack Tretton's speech during Tuesday's conference, where he mentioned it several times. And while we all have to admit the system had a miserable start, things are really looking up in 2008, and who knows where we'll be in 2015 or 2016...

7/17/2008 Ben Dutka

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Ed_Wayne
Thursday, July 17, 2008 @ 11:09:04 AM
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In 2015 and 2016 we will be playing PS4's. We will have been playing PS4 for a good 3 years by November 2015. But, there will still be some awesome PS3 games coming out.

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Fabi
Thursday, July 17, 2008 @ 1:04:29 PM
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It's funny because at this stage I pretty much dismiss most PS2 games just because visually most look so boring, but I can't imagine not paying attention to games on the PS3 at the end of it's life, because last generation was the last to have truly ugly looking games.

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Deleted User
Thursday, July 17, 2008 @ 1:32:47 PM
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Exactly. That is why they are the best console manufacturers in the world. MS and Nintendo gave up on the xbox and gamecube right when they the "next gen" consoles came out but Sony stayed with the PS2 and eased nicely (well, now it's nice) into the PS3.

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Minishmaru
Thursday, July 17, 2008 @ 1:53:24 PM
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Yeah seriously...when I bought a regular xbox and the gamecube...i was surprised how fast they stopped making games. Totally sucks when I liked my gamecube for a little bit atleast....

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karneli lll
Thursday, July 17, 2008 @ 5:06:07 PM
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once developers start giving the ps3 some love,things will start heating up,but unfortunately, another console is always trying to pull the ps3 down with it.Hopefully developers will stop putting ps3 labels on xbox games.

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Tatsujin
Thursday, July 17, 2008 @ 6:27:33 PM
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You know, when I look at the PS3 and play it... I tell myself "Thank God it is a 10-year life cycle" Because, to be honest... PS3 is pretty much everything I wan't... And I have a very strong feeling that no body will be leaving it ANY time soon, especially if they have even picked up a controller to test the system out... It is just an amazing peace of technology... It's like the BMW of all Ferraris, it is the Acura of all Nissans... It's just amazing :O

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Qubex
Friday, July 18, 2008 @ 9:02:42 AM

...Hmm, I feel PS3 has fallen short of my expectations... we'll see what Sony and the developers do in the future to extract its full potential!

Q!

"aLL RoAdS LeAd ToO HoMe"

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