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Sony France boss on PS4: “We’ll probably be the last to announce something”

Monday, 30th January 2012 11:20 GMT By Johnny Cullen

PlayStation France boss Philippe Cardone has said the company will likely be “last” in announcing its next-gen plans.

“It’s true that there are a lot of rumours, but I couldn’t tell you anything,” said Cardone in an interview with LePoint.fr, as translated by Pat.

“Wii is pressed for time because it’s in decline. In our case, we have a lot less pressure. We were the last to release PS3, and we will probably be the last to announce something.”

He said in the same interview that a new Monster Hunter title is expected for Vita in the next few months.

Not much has yet been heard on PlayStation 4′s development. MCV had rumoured it for an E3 appearance alongside Xbox 720, but SCE chairman Kaz Hirai denied such claims at CES earlier this month.

Thanks, OPM.

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9 Comments

  1. StolenGlory

    So they’re going to be last to announce their next-gen plans, but they want to hit the market before MS.

    That doesn’t jive. At all.

    Unless of course they’re intending the window between the announcement and release to be that much smaller; which seems unlikely to me.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Maxey

    All this torrent of next-gen hardware rumors are making me dizzy. What’s wrong with a surprise announcement of a console that no one saw coming?

    Seriously, half the gaming news these days are rumors.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Erthazus

    This time they want to make Ps4 right, but judging by PS Vita Japan sales, so far… People are not really happy with it.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Razor

    @2 Because it would leak long before the surprise announcement. And even if it was a literal surprise, the console would be years away, because again, the info would have leaked beforehand.

    It will be obvious to all of us when next gen is coming and what is happening, and it’s not time yet. All we’re getting are rumours and contradictory info.

    “In our case, we have a lot less pressure. ”

    Uh, sure. I’d say Sony are under the most pressure to get it right next time. I don’t think Sony can afford another generation like this one.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Aimless

    @2 A console that no one saw coming wouldn’t have any games. Rumours tend to be a by-product of exposure, although naturally some are pure fabrication.

    I don’t think you’ll hear anything about PS4 from Sony this year, unless Microsoft go to town at E3 with a proper reveal in which case the former will counter with something at TGS. Honestly neither company has much reason to tip their hand, though: Sony has the Vita and a ton of PS3 games to promote whilst Microsoft are reaping the rewards of Kinect. Both consoles are at their most profitable stage and have scope to drop in price, opening them up to even more people.

    That said I do think it’s feasible that both could launch new machines late next year if they felt they needed to. There’s no real reason to announce them over a year in advance, though, unless one of them jumps the gun or the WiiU starts eating up the market.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Maxey

    “A console that no one saw coming wouldn’t have any games.” I meant the public, not the game industry.

    But yeah, you guys are right. Leaks are almost impossible to avoid these days, specially when your console uses components from dozens of different companies.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Gama_888

    @1 i agree, if there going to be the last to announce something, make the gap betweem announcement and release shorter!!
    Do they really want a repeat of this gen and lose another year to xbox?

    Surely they have learned…

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Quiiick

    @#4
    “Uh, sure. I’d say Sony are under the most pressure to get it right next time. I don’t think Sony can afford another generation like this one.”

    Absolutely. They are under enormous pressure. But the pressure on Big N and MicroSoft isn’t much less.

    The biggest issue here (apart from upcoming competition out of streaming services like “on-live” and the competion from the iPad) is the inital price-point for the hardware. In no way whatsoever will Sony be able to introduce another console at $600.
    Anything above $400 will not sell.

    Technical features will likely not make or break any of the next-gen console-launch. Once again, it will all be about the quality of available games. However, since the next console from Microsoft will most definitely sport a blu-ray drive, Sony may say: “told you so …”

    #8 3 years ago
  9. fearmonkey

    If the rumored specs for the next gen xbox are true, then I hope Sony is the last to release something, and makes the most powerful system, and I will buy it.
    If MS is stupid enough to release a good enough console so they can include Kinect, I hope Sony releases a uber powerful system that eats their lunch.

    #9 3 years ago

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