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‘It’s too early to talk about the end of this gen’, says Sony’s Yoshida

Monday, 5th November 2012 16:27 GMT By Dave Cook

PS4 chatter is premature, according to Shuhei Yoshida president of Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios. The exec has stated that while consoles may hit technical boundaries near the end of their span, new services and ideas can prolong life cycles beyond what is possible with raw hardware.

Speaking with French site Lemonde, Yoshida was asked if he felt the release of Wii U signified the start of the next console generation. He 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.”

It comes after our own sources explained to us that PS4 dev kits are now rolling out to studios, and that Sony’s next console will be revealed just before E3 2013. Check out what our sources told us here:

Yoshida was also quizzed about the performance of PS Vita, and it seems he’s not overly impressed that just 3 million units have been sold globally to date. “These results are below our expectations,” he stressed, “and explain first the players’ equipment. Consumers now have multimedia devices, such as smartphones.”

“These devices include the ability to play,” he added, “and it is difficult for us to justify the purchase of an additional machine. To us to produce added value to attract players to the PlayStation Vita. The other reason is the number of content available on the console.”

“With the rise of mobile gaming studios have begun a transition in part, allocating more resources to this type of production,” he concluded, “Even if the creators want to develop games on Vita, they unfortunately fewer resources to do. One solution is to encourage the support of the platform by smaller development studios.”

What do you think? Is it too early to start talking about PS4 as Yoshida suggests? Let us know below.

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  1. CyberMarco

    “…while consoles may hit technical boundaries near the end of their span, new services and ideas can prolong life cycles beyond what is possible with raw hardware.”

    Gaikai?

    #1 2 years ago
  2. TD_Monstrous69

    As far as talking too soon, maybe. But with these leaks that keep coming out, it’s kinda hard not to.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Gheritt White

    Sonty are fucked for next gen, IMHO. They may have a much tighter and more focused strategy than before, but they’re so far behind MS in terms of dev it’s almost funny, if they didn’t have titles shipping by next Oct.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. locus2k1

    Its certainly a tough one… many games today are being released looking great, but with little niggles and sacrifices to make them look that good: from sub-HD resolutions, to drops in frame rate, etc… Whilst the PCs can and will push out +1920×1080, with possible frame rates of 60 and above.

    At the same time, if we do see the current gen life-cycle still have some “life” in it it will justify, for me, the purchasing the Wii U that little bit more. Not saying that graphics > gameplay of course, but it’ll be nice to see Nintendo on par with Sony and Microsoft once again with third party releases, and not just be thinking of buying first party and exclusive titles.

    But then, this could all be just be a means to encourage sales of PS3 to continue instead of people waiting for the next-gen release that are being leaked recently.

    Either way I reckon the next 18 months are going to be an interesting time from a gamer’s perspective. Very intrigue to see if these “future proof”, upgradable next gen consoles that are being rumored come to fruition.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. SlayerGT

    I think the PS3 has some leg. First parties are ringing it out. 3rd parties..not so much. Personally I can not wait for The Last of Us. Granted I have no clue how long it is or just how much game is there.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. loveaya

    But it’s about the time to talk about the end of PSV.:>

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Mike W

    I would to like to see what a third party developer can do exclusively with the PS3′s hardware. I mean from a graphics stand point, the PS3 can really make some amazing looking games, I mean look at Killzone 2 & 3, God of War 3, uncharted, etc.

    I would love to see what Capcom can do with the PS3 if they exclusively make a RE game or EA with Dead space. Again these is just game fantatsies, but again it will still be nice to see. The PS3 still got a lot life in it, it’s a shame some developers didn’t take advantage of hardware this gen.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Francis O

    It’s not too soon to start talking next generation. The PS3 and 360 have been out for 6 years plus. Yes their are services they can offer but they still haven’t hit their target 1080p 60FPS. They didn’t even hit 720p 60FPS. I am a gameplay fan. I like smooth frame rate and this generation has been horrible with frame rate. Killzone, Uncharted, MAG, StarHawk, Gears of War, are all 30 FPS. Its time to move on.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. OlderGamer

    Kind of always been like that Mike W. I remember getting ticked at so many PSx ports hitting Dreamcast. And then while DC was getting slopy ports, games from Sega really showed what DC could do. Some 3rd party stuff too. Samething happend on xbox on. I was playing 720p on xbox one, but most of the games, eps the multiplat ones were again slopy ports from PS2.

    Multiplat games alway go for the lowest common denominater in the market. Thats one of the reasons packing in a tech power house is mostly pointless. It will be too expensive to make and sell, and most devs/pubs won’t use it anyways. 3rd parties strive for that parity between their console versions of the same franchises.

    Prolly gonna be the samething next gen, and if Orbis and XBNXT aren’t significantly more powerful then WiiU, then those Multiplat games could be sandbaged for those systems too. Of course that depends on if WiiU will have a large enough user base to worry about.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. ManuOtaku

    I think 2014 is sounding more feasible with each passing day, lets see what microsofts is going to do, but i think it will be almost around the same time, perhaps with a difference of only a couple of months.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. diego-rbb-93

    “Consumers now have multimedia devices, such as smartphones”

    Yoshida, it was your choice not to allow the installation of some kind of restricted Android, at least, to let real multimedia features (lot of apps in the store) and not risk the handheld security.

    You expected consumers would buy Vita for their online apps feautures as Nintendo thought they would sell 3DS by their 3D Tech. They learnt the lesson and and now they are selling, you didnt really.

    Even chinese gaming handhelds with Android are right now extremly more profitable than buying a Vita. You get a big library of applications & gaming apps plus emulators. With Vita i can expect the WakeUp Club, some little apps more and all those stuff about the social networks apps (who the hell really uses Vita for Twitter constantly?).

    And when it comes to the real problem, games, they are all coming really weak. Nintendo is eating all your territory.

    How is possible that 3DS is receiving real strong games from known Ips (RE, KH, Castlevania, etc) that you feel like they were really build as stand-alone games for 3DS, and then, you have Uncharted or Assasins Creed, and you feel that they are great, but that something was missed in the way. Why that sensation like “its more weak than the console version”? Of course they are all excelent games, but all the reviews says the same, something feels lost or weak as we have the necesity of compare it to their big brothers.

    Nobody did that with Revelations or Mirror of Fate… But, Sony sell there console as a Ps3 handheld (not Nintendo), something that developers seem to like, but not to care: beyond they have to sacrifice some visuals, they sacrifice a lot of diversity too or even copy the main game (Resistance or Declassified as an example, but Nihilistic shit studio, thanks god, are going out of business for social games).

    We are not receiving proper games for the machine. Ports are cool and I like them as they are build keeping the level high (those Lego ports or Fifa 13 just spit in your face when you know what Vita can do, but NFS, Marvel Vs Capcom, Tekken Vs SF… are awesome). But it isnt enought for any consumer, even hardcore gamers like me. Little Big Planet really solve those problems (but man, how they didnt include Ps3 levels compatibility…….) but its not the game that we are really waiting.

    Your PSN job is doing great (except the PSOne part, that you sell as new and it should have been in the console since day one), thats were i would really like to see a lot of ports from indie PC/android games that feels astonishing on Vita, were i want to see again PS2 Classics (I love MGS Collection, im sick for the ZOE collection on Vita), but still, its an excuse for the future, not for the present. Even your AR games are great and funny.

    But Im waiting a Resident Evil since PSP, that Bioshock that seems the true answer of Vita, any title from Rockstar or Epic Games… Something really disturbing for the gamer that doesnt need Assasins Creed or COD only for the fucking fame or the online (come on, they were dev for Vita because right now they are the most talked and discussed IPs between gamer mouths, basically, the most “trending topic” IPs in these days. Sony pressed Ubi and Activision and they accepted, not Capcom and their RE who bet for Nintendo), beyond being great games that can perform better on Vita in the future.

    Sony needs a real turbo boost for Vita in form of more real big games, because their work with indies is cool, but will not save their console.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. voxelman

    Let me translate “don’t stop buying PS3s, and wait for next gen.”

    #12 2 years ago
  13. OlderGamer

    Good post diego-rbb-93

    #13 2 years ago
  14. osric90

    Current-gen still has a lot to offer. I don’t want a flea jump into a generation with practically no innovation and change only in resolution of graphics and textures. I want a big jump… I want a jump like the old ones. Like the SNES to N64. I’m okay with a PS3 until 2015 like Sony said.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. DarkElfa

    Well, I’m talking about it Yoshida!

    WHAT?!

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Clupula

    I’m happy with this attitude. I have no urge to buy a new system at the moment.

    #16 2 years ago