The Sony PlayStation 3 has been around for awhile now. In tech years, it could be like a hundred years old. But when it came out in 2006 the machine was meant to be so advanced that it would have a lifecycle of ten years versus six years like its predecessors the PS2 and PS1. But now reaching its halfway point, could Sony ponder pushing forth a PS4 sooner than later? Most signs confirm a negative.
Sony Computer Entertainment CEO, Kaz Hirai, reinforces the point that they are only at the halfway point with the PS3 and that compelling titles are still coming out from Sony's game studios and third-party studios. "Every year, we reveal and release new features," says Hirai indicating that the PS3 still hasn't reached its full potential. "That's why, we're not deliberating on a PS4 or next generation machine, whatever you call it."
For now, Sony is focused on launching the recently announced NGP and perhaps integrating it with the PS3. And in Hirai's own words:
“As regards home consoles, the PS3 was put into business in 2006, and it has a 10 year life cycle…I think the value of the PS3 will continue to rise. Because of this, a near-future PS4 or next-generation home console is not something that we are even debating now. That is to say, we are still concentrating fully upon the PS3. Right now, I appeal to you to think of the PS3 and NGP as a new, co-operative partnership.”