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PS3 Support to Continue For at Least "Next Couple of Years"

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Sony will continue to support the PlayStation 3 for at least "the next couple of years", despite the imminent release of the PlayStation 4

That's according to Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida, who told Games Industry that while he was sceptical the PS3 would enjoy fresh content for as long as the PS2 did, Sony isn't about to abandon the console in the near future.

"PS3 has been doing great - but it's not like everyone owns a PS3 already," he explained. "There's always a group of consumers who come late in the cycle, people who wait for the price to come down. We're expanding geographically as well. The demand from Latin America, for example, is really really strong for PS3.

"So we'll have a parallel strategy with PS3 and PS4, like we had between PS2 and PS3. PS3 was launched in 2006, in the sixth year of PS2, but PS2 lasted for another five years. I don't know if PS3 will last another five years - but definitely for the next couple of years, because of the price difference, the great library of games and the publisher side being able to support both.

"There'll even be new games. We were talking about indie games - many indie announcements at GamesCom were for games coming to PS4, PS Vita and PS3. These guys also support multi-generation platforms, so there'll continue to be a great supply of games.

Despite pledging continuing support for the PlayStation 3, Yoshida did acknowledge that, naturally, the number of AAA games being developed for the platform would probably start declining. Speaking specifically about the Worldwide Studios' development efforts, he revealed that their focus is currently being shifted from the current console to the PS4.

"Our large teams are shifting, transitioning from PS3 to PS4, and continuing on Vita as well," he said. "But for our digital releases, we always look at PS4, PS3 and Vita. Many games like Hohokum or Doki Doki Universe we have announced for PS3 and PS4 at the same time.

"We'll continue to support PS3 in a way that makes sense, especially the digital games that we work on - but our large teams, our AAA release teams, are transitioning from PS3 to PS4."

Last month Microsoft announced it'll continue to support the Xbox 360 until 2016, with over 100 new games in the pipeline. It seems Sony will be working to a similar timeframe, though it's less clear how many new titles we'll be seeing.

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  • willhustlewillhustle Sion Guests, Members, Writer, Content Producer Posts: 6,550 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Good so they won't abandon last gen users if people don't buy next gen consoles right away. Good move b/c I'm still trying to get another 1 year or 2 play out of my PS3/360's before I go over to next gen.
  • Karl.Karl. Members Posts: 8,015 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited October 2013
    The final PS2 game was made this year.
  • StewStew Rap Music Is My Religion HTTRMembers, Moderators, Writer Posts: 52,234 Regulator
    Thats wasup, Ill wait till they drop the prices on the PS4
  • grumpy_new_yorkergrumpy_new_yorker Use your head for more than a hat rack Members Posts: 5,962 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I honestly think the PS3 will outlast the PS2's life cycle just because of PSN.

    Sony won't pull the plug as long as the system and it's software remains profitable.

  • BroddieBroddie just me and my bitch NYCMembers Posts: 11,750 ✭✭✭✭✭
    "What a surprise!!!" said no one ever.
  • GovernmentCheeseGovernmentCheese Members Posts: 2,976 ✭✭✭✭✭
    That's good news because it's still capable of releasing great games when it's pushed to the limit. Look at Uncharted 3, that game looks amazing, Naughty Dog stated that they pushed the PS3 til it couldn't get pushed anymore to get those graphics. It's been out for years now but I think it's getting better with age, a lot of recent games for it don't look outdated at all.
  • Karl.Karl. Members Posts: 8,015 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Broddie wrote: »
    "What a surprise!!!" said no one ever.

    I say that all the time.
  • BroddieBroddie just me and my bitch NYCMembers Posts: 11,750 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Karl. wrote: »
    Broddie wrote: »
    "What a surprise!!!" said no one ever.

    I say that all the time.

    Yeah but you live in a cave.

  • Karl.Karl. Members Posts: 8,015 ✭✭✭✭✭
    With your sister.
  • BroddieBroddie just me and my bitch NYCMembers Posts: 11,750 ✭✭✭✭✭
    But I only have a brother.
  • Karl.Karl. Members Posts: 8,015 ✭✭✭✭✭
    He looks like a girl.
  • BroddieBroddie just me and my bitch NYCMembers Posts: 11,750 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Whatever floats your boat.
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