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Sony's Studios "Not Preoccupied" With Next-Gen Projects

Although many assume the new PlayStation will hit some time next year, Sony says they continue to focus on their current console.

In speaking to CVG, SCEE CEO Jim Ryan cited a key theme of Sony's E3 press conference: New IPs, which of course could lead to franchises. Ryan added that such innovation is "indicative of a platform that's got a long way to go yet."

That much we definitely agree with. But perhaps even more interesting was Ryan's claim that currently, Sony's first-party teams are not "preoccupied with work on next-generation projects." That's a relatively difficult quote to interpret - are they not working on PS4 stuff at all? ...only sparingly? - but we get the gist. The bottom line is that the PS3 has plenty left to offer and Sony knows it.

And by now, so should everyone else.

Tags: next generation, next gen, ps4, playstation 4

6/7/2012 9:54:00 AM Ben Dutka

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Comments (47 posts)

oONewcloudOo
Thursday, June 07, 2012 @ 10:10:09 AM
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This is both good news and bad, good because we game more games for our ps3. Bad because the could start next gen with a bad launch

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THEVERDIN
Thursday, June 07, 2012 @ 2:34:57 PM

Exactly, this why they shouldn't even consider another console. Why not produce outstanding games for another 2-3 years drop the price of the PS3 xbox launches at $400-500. Sony sells more PS3's. Launches PS4 with a steller line-up of games.

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Lazerbyte
Thursday, June 07, 2012 @ 10:19:54 AM
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I still think only half of the PS3 has been tapped!

I think MS will jump the gun and release a new system and it will have issues just like the 360 had and I think this next time around if it has a RROD type syndrome I think people will be like oh HELL NO not this again!

I think Sony is keeping it very hush hush this time around and I know they will have a good line up of games for the launch as they learned a lot from the PS3 launch.

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Shams
Thursday, June 07, 2012 @ 11:29:52 AM

If I'm not mistaken, the first xbox released in '01 and kinda flatlined by '04 and the remaining xbox live subscriptions closed up by '07. So really, after 3 years it was on it's last legs. The 360 which came out between '05 and '06 is going on it's 7th year. Sounds like MS is trying to get the most out of this gen, while it can. Lightning doesn't strike twice, so MS is playing the cards carefully and close to their chest against Sony, to retain their lead in the next gen. Halo doesn't have the wild-fire appeal it once did, thanks to COD which will be on both systems, but COD may not be compelling enough to sell and sustain both system launches, or to promote one over the other. So, what we have here is a Mexican stand off.

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matt99
Thursday, June 07, 2012 @ 11:29:56 AM

Only half? I think it's nearly maxed out-at least by ND and the other elite devs. However, there's still great games coming for the ps3 and I'm quite satisfied. So no rush on the next gen.

And I agree that the Xbox is maxed out, and has been for some time.

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LimitedVertigo
Thursday, June 07, 2012 @ 11:31:38 AM

Congrats on the 6% Shams!

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Beamboom
Thursday, June 07, 2012 @ 11:44:15 AM

Half? Are you nuts, half a percent is more like it. the CPUs has hardly made a single complete cycle inside these massive powerplants!

The hot rumour going around is that Google are preparing a shift to the PS3 architecture to boost their server park capacities, although they are worried that the insane powers of Cell CPUs are too much to handle for them.

Many of you might not know this but last I heard, New York City council are planning on letting the majors sons PS3 control the traffic, not only for the city but the entire state! They expect that to double the capacity of the road infrastructure - the savings are gigantic. All while the son is playing Uncharted 3.

I am sure that in 20 years from now they will have massive space ships controlled by a single PS3, once they've fully figured out how to write proper code for it.


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Shams
Thursday, June 07, 2012 @ 9:24:54 PM

Thanks, LV! Congrats on your 0%! Nah, seriously, there's a lot fine talent around here, but I'd definitely read your review of something like, say, Max Payne 3. Go for it!

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LimitedVertigo
Thursday, June 07, 2012 @ 9:48:04 PM

You're right there is talent, certainly not involving you.

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Shams
Friday, June 08, 2012 @ 12:23:25 AM

Lol. Was that a come back? Dude, I was paying you a compliment. Lighten up, or just F off.

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lateralus27
Thursday, June 07, 2012 @ 10:23:38 AM
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So what are GG,PD,and SP working on?I want KZ4!
My guess the last few years is PS4 released Dec 2013 for Japan/USA and March 2014 for EU/AU.UC4 & KZ4 plus new IP from SP as launch titles.

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frylock25
Thursday, June 07, 2012 @ 10:57:21 AM
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as excited as i am to find out what the next playstation will look like, i can wait. i have to much still to play on my ps3 and there are to many games i still look forward to this gen.

i kind of think sony has the ps4 ready and games being slowly worked on. waiting for M$ to try and out do them.

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firesoul453
Thursday, June 07, 2012 @ 10:59:32 AM
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Well we still have
Guerrilla Games (Killzone)
Polyphony Digital (Gran Turismo)
Sucker Punch (infamous)

without known games.
I'd bet at least one of them are working on a ps4 game.

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LimitedVertigo
Thursday, June 07, 2012 @ 11:09:56 AM

I bet every single one of them has already started on a PS4 game.

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firesoul453
Thursday, June 07, 2012 @ 11:21:15 AM

yes but that doesn't mean they won't have another ps3 games ready to by before the ps4 comes out.


In an interview with the vp of sony (NA branch I believe) was asked about ps4 and if any games were in development, he said he had no information he could give but did admit that ofcouse they had several ps4 games that were being worked on.

Either way, I am glad Sony exists because no one has ever given me such a wide variety of quality game choices before.

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LimitedVertigo
Thursday, June 07, 2012 @ 11:30:05 AM

I never said they didn't have PS3 games being developed. I was responding to your comment "at least one of them are working on a PS4 game"

This late in the game I don't have any doubt they are ALL working on PS4 titles.

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firesoul453
Thursday, June 07, 2012 @ 11:32:03 AM

Then we are in agreement!

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daus26
Thursday, June 07, 2012 @ 2:04:27 PM

LM, don't be too sure about PD though. They're a bunch that can only really focus on one game at a time, and that game right now I believe is Gran Turismo 6... which I think will be a PS3 release. Knowing PD, I just don't see them concurrently working on GT5 support, GT6 game, and next gen.

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firesoul453
Thursday, June 07, 2012 @ 4:48:20 PM

I think there is a very good chance that GT6 will be a ps4 launch title.

GT5 is a title many people expected soon after launch and GT6 would definitely give some people some motivation to moving onto the next generation.

Who knows though, it wouldn't surprise me if GT6 does make it on the ps3.

And what about a vita game from them? I also think thats a possibility.

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Solid Fantasy
Thursday, June 07, 2012 @ 11:01:32 AM
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This is good news. I really don't see the PC gaming situation leaps and bounds ahead of console games. So that front doesn't concern me. Most of all, I have so many games in my back log it's overwhelming and I mean that with no exaggeration. It's to the point that I told myself not to listen to the Deus Ex soundtrack anymore b/c it makes me want to do a playthrough of that gem. I want this gen to end with boredom and a craving for better tech. I'm far from that point right now.

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Beamboom
Thursday, June 07, 2012 @ 11:21:04 AM
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I don't believe a single word of this. Not a single word, not one bit.

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LimitedVertigo
Thursday, June 07, 2012 @ 11:30:40 AM

the

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darxed
Thursday, June 07, 2012 @ 11:50:36 AM

@LV, he he he he, good one

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Beamboom
Thursday, June 07, 2012 @ 12:29:01 PM

"the"? Sorry but that is one joke I need explained... :D

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Beamboom
Thursday, June 07, 2012 @ 12:49:18 PM

Ahhhh all of a sudden I think I got it - I think? But you don't find "the" in the quotes anywhere. :)

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Underdog15
Thursday, June 07, 2012 @ 2:04:07 PM

You mean to say "the" doesn't exist simply because you cannot prove it is there?

ARGUMENT FROM IGNORANCE! ;p lol (Sry everyone. Beam will get this joke. Most here might not. lol)

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Beamboom
Thursday, June 07, 2012 @ 2:09:47 PM

lol - omg Underdog, just stop it right there. :D


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Highlander
Thursday, June 07, 2012 @ 12:23:53 PM
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Based on this, the PS3 game focus of their presentation - even at the expense of talking about Vita, it would seem that Sony are saying that PS3 has life in it for a long time to come.

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cLoudou
Thursday, June 07, 2012 @ 12:33:16 PM
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Which basically means they gotta finish up their PS3 projects first before they fully commit to PS4 development.

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jimmyhandsome
Thursday, June 07, 2012 @ 12:44:19 PM
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It could mean that the PS4 isn't launching any time soon as the developers are preoccupied with this gen. Or it could mean that most of the rumors are true and the PS4 is launching by the end of next year, but their developers won't be "too preoccupied" to still produce PS3 titles.

Either way as consumers, we should be happy. Its tough for companies to support 2 generations of systems for a long amount of time, but I get the feeling that Sony is the only one out of the 3 console makers that would do it the best.

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Highlander
Thursday, June 07, 2012 @ 12:49:05 PM

Well if you look back at the end of PS2 and the introduction of PS3 there was a degree of buyer wariness about buying a PS2 because everyone knew PS3 was coming. If they manage to not talk about the PS4 until say 6 months before release that really cuts down the period of time when buyers are holding onto their money waiting for a new system.

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Beamboom
Thursday, June 07, 2012 @ 12:53:37 PM

... Bullseye, Highlander. That's *exactly* why they are making statements like this.

I was hoping someone other than me would say this, so thank you. :)


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jimmyhandsome
Thursday, June 07, 2012 @ 1:12:54 PM

Yea it's probably that more than anything lol

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slugga_status
Thursday, June 07, 2012 @ 2:28:43 PM

I said it in the previous article fellas..but Jack Tretton just yesterday (or the day before) was talking about it's not about being first or coming out within the same period of another console. He stated it's about quality of the console and said that Sony consoles are always the most expensive.

Out of that I take that the PS4 when released will be expensive and we may have to wait a while. I also got the PS3 has a lot more life in it with these type of statements..

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Beamboom
Friday, June 08, 2012 @ 7:28:56 AM

@slugga, quoting, "I also got the PS3 has a lot more life in it with these type of statements..." - that's exactly what these statements are meant for. They are tailor made for that sole purpose; to get buyers to buy, not wait for price drop, not wait for the next platform.

Pure marketing. That's all these statements are.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, June 07, 2012 @ 1:28:33 PM
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The quote is clearly saying that while some launch titles for PS4 are being worked on, the bulk of Sony's first party power is still going behind PS3 game development.

I still think 2013 is insanely early to expect hardware from Sony.

I don't know why Microsoft would even make more hardware, they have almost no exclusive games left.

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daus26
Thursday, June 07, 2012 @ 2:13:26 PM

Now that I think about it, since the first Xbox, MS doesn't really have any new IP worthy of mentioning other than Alan Wake? Was Gears a Xbox game? Well anyway, with that kind of rate and showing, it doesn't look like next gen will be any different or much at all. Perhaps they'll be like Nintendo where they don't really make new IPs, but make great variations of their known franchises. That and depend on third party games like CoD. They'll be fine, especially with their marketing tactics.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, June 07, 2012 @ 2:57:15 PM

They have Alan Wake, Forza, Halo, Fable, and Gears left to them now. In the grand scheme of things those are slim and none, and Slim just left town.

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LimitedVertigo
Thursday, June 07, 2012 @ 3:16:05 PM

True but it doesn't seem to matter. They've created a platform (xbox360) that generates more sales in terms of multiplatform games then the same game on the PS3.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, June 07, 2012 @ 4:53:17 PM

yeah you're right LV, I'd like to have a look at MS's books though and see if there is any profit there. It's only popular in America and they spend a supermajority of money on exclusive DLC, advertising, and warranty replacements. Maybe LIVE is where it all gets recouped.

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Highlander
Thursday, June 07, 2012 @ 5:30:23 PM

LV, Microsoft's plan is convergence. They do not care for, nor want a home console business. they want the living room. that is what SmartGlass is. That is what they have wanted since the beginning of the Xbox. The idea is to shoehorn people into their proprietary platform and network for all their entertainment services. They tried to do this with the PC and it failed. The game console was already in the living room, so it was a logical target. Now they have grabbed a good chunk of the market they are integrating Xbox, smartphones, tablet devices, PCs and anything else with a 'smart' interface together into one over arching system/interface/paradigm SmartGlass. Microsoft wants nothing short of living room dominance. they want it so that whether you watch TV, play a game, listen to music or even e-read a book you will be using one or more of their products and/or services to do so.

Most of the CE manufacturers, Sony included, have always worked on discrete devices, such as DVD or BluRay players, TVs, sometimes TVs with integrated DVD or BluRay. They use format standards to unify entertainment devices from different makers so that consumers have choice what to buy.

With SmartGlass, once you buy in, you are completely locked into Microsoft's SmartGlss world. As much as Sony is trying to bring all of it's own services under the SEN umbrella, their approach is still closer to the CE approach of discrete devices and open standards shared by all for common formats and interoperability.

What this does mean though is that if MS thinks that SmartGlass is the focus o it's way to dominance, the games side of things will wither slowly. So long as third parties support MS as well as they have, MS doesn't have to worry if their first party games wither. In the end though, I get the sense that MS has focused their attention back on their desire for living room dominance, and away from the games. That might not be smart in the longer term.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, June 07, 2012 @ 5:51:50 PM

Good point Highlander, sometimes I forget they are trying for complete dominance because everything they do seems to be a ripoff that fails hard (Bing). If they want into my living room they've got another thing coming. If they want to win over gamers for more than one generation they are going to have to have much better games. This foot-in-the-door isn't enough to nab the living room I think.

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Qubex
Saturday, June 09, 2012 @ 12:45:08 AM

Agree with highlander whole heartily!

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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Killa Tequilla
Thursday, June 07, 2012 @ 7:34:07 PM
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Sony, liers.

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Highlander
Thursday, June 07, 2012 @ 11:03:03 PM

Because you said so? Or because you thought that there would be a PS4 and there wasn't - just like Sony said. Either way, it seems like you are...um...wrong?

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___________
Friday, June 08, 2012 @ 4:43:52 AM
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i doubt he means it in a litteral sense as in no one is working on ps4 games, more that no one is only working on ps4 games.
which i find really hard to believe, there has to be a few studios which are working on nothing but ps4 tech.
if he really does mean no one is working on ps4 tech than its just another case of no one being better at contradicting themselves than $ony!
Scott Rohde in a interview with GTTV today said its common knowledge that the company has studios working on ps4 games.

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DeathOfChaos
Friday, June 08, 2012 @ 2:14:20 PM
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Uhh... duh... Stop worrying about the next lne of consolee, have you not seen the incredably stunning Last of Us and Beyond Two Souls? Not to mention the tech demo Square-Enix unveiled. If you keep trying to look for the next console, you're gonna miss all the amazing games that are right here in front of us...

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