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Sony: No PS4 until you’ve finished your PS3

Friday, 26th February 2010 02:39 GMT By Nathan Grayson

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When’s the PS4 coming out? That’s the question on everyone’s minds, because…

Wait! No it’s not! The PS3′s only just getting started!

So said SCEA CEO Jack Tretton in an interview with Fast Company.

“We’ve just passed the third year of the PlayStation 3 and we’re just hitting our stride. And I don’t think anyone is saying, ‘This is a five-year cycle; what’s new on the horizon?’ I can’t even imagine what can be done technically beyond the PlayStation 3 in the near future.”

“A question I often get is when we are going to see PlayStation 4. When somebody can craft the technology that exceeds what we’re able to do on the PS3, but we are still just starting to harness it.”

Sadness. Now we’ll have to wait even longer to see inside the pores of Kratos’ skin. And don’t even get us started on the slightly up-rezzed versions of previous-gen games that characterize console launches. Man, we absolutely love those. Such a bummer that we’re still a ways out from the life-affirming thrill of another console launch.

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  1. McLovin85

    I want the next console cycle to start when they are able to create the same graphical gap seen between PS2/Xbox and PS3/360. Until then i’m happy spending at least a couple more years on this generation.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. aprotosis

    “When somebody can craft the technology that exceeds what we’re able to do on the PS3″

    Is he retarded? Is that his problem? Has he even seen what the DX11 cards can do? The PS3 has a paltry 256MB of video ram compared to the 1+GB on the GT300s and the rv870s. Even though the ps3 has an nvidia chip, it can’t employ cuda. While developers are learning to harness their poorly designed architecture, the rest of the world keeps on ticking.

    Not that we want another hardware launch soon. People are still trying to afford this one. It is just that this reason is bs and he knows it. Why don’t you just say “Developing new hardware is an expensive, lenghty process and we are still in the red from the PS3.” It is an acceptable answer. sheesh.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Dralen

    Consoles really are a bitch.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. hitnrun

    I don’t think my cooling fan even engages until my cheaply assembled machine blows past the PS3.

    Really, this particular PR garbage is tailored to Sony. “Our 4-year old computer machine is so powerful we can’t even begin to grasp the contours of its place in the cosmos.” If they asked MS, it would be “we’re so invigorated by the possibilities presented by Natal, we plum forgot to start R&D on the next console!” Nintendo’s BS probably comes closest to the truth: “we’re making plenty of great games now and feel that there’s more to games than technical specifications.”

    The next generation will come in time, when the companies can afford to try and get a leg up. It’s a good thing, actually, that they bleed so much money from the base units; just look at happens when they don’t. You get Nintendo releasing a new handheld every 2 years since 1996.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Dannybuoy

    PS3 still has plently to give. Just look at Uncharted 2, God of War 3 et al. The man is right in some respects. Sure there is much more powerful tech available nowadays but the PS3 is a consumer device and it’s still pretty powerful for a consumer device. I can’t even imagine buying a PS4 for some years. I’ve got a back log of games to get through plus more to buy and play. Plus Arc by the end of the year. Not even thinking about the next gen myself

    #5 4 years ago
  6. mojo

    “I can’t even imagine what can be done technically beyond the PlayStation 3 in the near future.”

    hmm, lets think..
    more VRAM, more RAM?!
    just an idea..

    but well im still pleased with the PS3. only thing i would love is that third parties would start bringing the same quality as sony does..
    compare uc2, gow3, heavy rain technicaly with third partie games is a bit of a let down by 3rd parties..

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Erthazus

    @2 Actually Jack Tretton is right. Direct X 11 just effects.
    You can’t make another console with better videocard such as Direct X 11 because it will be the same experience but with Direct X11 effects that not that important.

    console cycle require more then Direct X 11. When Nvidia and ATI will start to push NEXT GENERATION Videocard then it will be the start of the new era and console manufactures will start making new consoles.

    and no other company will make a new console because there is a direct X 11. PS3 has enough power to compress all games right now.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Blerk

    Five year cycles were always too short for consoles anyway. Just as everyone’s starting to get the hang of them you’re coming out with new stuff. Consoles aren’t PCs, they need to last longer – at least a 7 year cycle, imho.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. jnms

    Why do all these companies keep talking about a new console generation? Seems someone is saying something about it every day!!

    #9 4 years ago
  10. DrDamn

    @jnms
    I think the clue is in the answer “A question I often get is when we are going to see PlayStation 4.”

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Gekidami

    I agree with Blerk, i think companies can easily get about 8-10 years out of this gen. And honnestly, when you see the visuals new games are coming out with (especially on PS3) new, more powerful systems just dont seem needed right now.

    Portables on the other hand could do with some new tech imo.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. onyxbox

    I think Blerk is right, console cycles are different. And I think he’s talking about the console market not PC or what Pixar Have or….blah blah blah of course there’s tech out there better than PS3 & I’m sure he knows that :-)

    But in the context of PS3 I think it’s fair to say that all the current benchmarks are set by PS3 for this gen. apart from the Online Gaming integration, which of course goes to MS and XBL.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. jnms

    @DrDamn: Seems it maybe more than just that. Both Nintendo and Microsoft also keep mentioning ‘no new systems!!!’

    #13 4 years ago
  14. RGW1982

    http://gamer.blorge.com/2010/01/05/ps3-smoothing-beyond-that-of-high-end-pc-graphics-card/

    #14 4 years ago
  15. Joe_Gamer

    “A question I often get is when we are going to see PlayStation 4. When somebody can craft the technology that exceeds what we’re able to do on the PS3, but we are still just starting to harness it.”

    I’d like to introduce you to Mr. PC, he says he can stomp the shit out of your PS3.

    #15 4 years ago