Sony: Wii U Doesn't "Necessarily" Signify A New Generation
The Wii U launches soon and to some, that means the next generation of gaming consoles has begun.
But in speaking to French site Lemonde (as cited by VG24/7), Sony worldwide studios president Shuhei Yoshida says simply, "not quite."
When asked if he thought the release of Nintendo's new system signifies the start of the next generation, Yoshida replied:
"Not necessarily. Since the launch of the Playstation 3, six years ago, the graphics have evolved, resulting in titles like adventure game Uncharted 3 and Beyond by Quantic Dream.
The life of consoles is also extended by services online,” Yoshida added, “which continue to make a new offer cloud and new social functions. It is therefore too early to talk about the end of this generation of consoles."
Yoshida was also asked about the Vita, and he admitted that the new portable device - which has sold only 3 million units worldwide - is performing below expectations. He goes on to talk about the difficulty of facing down the mobile gaming market, which is obviously popular right now. As for the PS4, maybe we'll hear about that before or at E3 2013...and maybe that will qualify as "next-gen."
11/5/2012 1:25:07 PM Ben Dutka