Sony Won't Confirm PS4, Says PS3 Is In A "Great Period"
Here, we'll translate Sony's detailed response for you: "Not so fast, sparky."
Over the weekend, one source made a very big splash by saying that both Microsoft and Sony would unveil their new consoles at E3 2012.
But Sony boss Andrew House just told CVG that the company is "just entering into this great period for PS3" (which we don't deny), and furthermore:
"I don't think we're contemplating talking about anything to do with future console iterations at this point."
House pointed out that Sony managed to ensure profitability for their publishing partners with the PS2, by giving it a much longer life cycle than competing platforms. And it seems clear they want to do the same with the PS3. After all, many analysts will tell you the PS3 hasn't hit the "sweet spot" in terms of price just yet; that sweet spot has historically been around $200. The PS2 went wild at that price.
He also said that for the time being, physical media is "still the easiest consumer experience," although there are plenty of opportunities to explore other models in the future. Said House:
"Some of our group companies already have a stake in free-to-play models and so on. But in my view, for the very highest quality high-definition console gaming, I think there are still some significant barriers to streaming solutions.
Whether it's in mobile or cloud-based services, there are opportunities there for more casual content and in our case potentially for legacy content, which we would definitely like to explore. But I think we are a way away from being able to deliver the full-on top-end experience like that."
Now, he didn't officially say Sony wouldn't show the PS4 at E3, so there's still hope. At the same time, if the results of our recent poll are any indication, gamers won't mind in the least if the PS4 waits a while.
1/10/2012 3:19:29 PM Ben Dutka