PlayStation 4 is Still Five Years Away from Release

Sony’s PlayStation 3 originally debuted in 2006, and has seen a face-lift and more than a few different models over the last 5 years. Could we be in for a shiny new addition to the PlayStation home console family soon? Probably not according to SlashGear.


While both the PlayStation 2 and original PlayStation had lives of around 5 years, Sony’s current machine could be with us for some time yet. Reading into quotes from Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Kaz Hirai, it appears a PS4 isn’t currently on the cards, with the PS3 originally intended to have a 10 year lifespan.

Hirai clearly believes that despite popular belief, you can indeed teach an old dog new tricks:

“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.”

With recent marquee titles such as Gran Turismo 5 and Final Fantasy 13 starting to push PlayStation 3’s hardware further, it’s interesting to hear Sony expects to get another 5-or-so years out of its machine.

So what is Sony working on? According to Hirai it’s all hands on deck to get the next-generation PlayStation Portable into gamers’ hands.


“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.”

Sony has tried to push the PSP and PS3 to work together in the past, with limited success. With NGP on its way, perhaps Sony can now find a way to link portable and home-gaming once and for all.

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