No next-gen PlayStation 'for quite some time' - Sony

SCEA president Jack Tretton tells Forbes that the Wii U's 2012 launch won't force an early debut of Sony's next-gen console.

Last month, Sony executives let slip that the company was beginning preliminary work on the successor to the PlayStation 3. However, this week the man in charge of Sony Computer Entertainment America warned against holding out for new information on the platform--or for the hardware's launch. Speaking with Forbes, SCEA president Jack Tretton said that his company's current console is just getting going.

Don't expect any PS4 news anytime soon.

"PlayStation 3 is really just hitting its stride," said Tretton. "And technologically, I don't think it's possible to provide any advancement beyond what we have. What we've seen from the competition is trying to add features that already exist in PlayStation 3. We invested heavily in that, we rolled a very heavy rock up a steep hill, through the launch period. But now I think that all pays off, and we've got a long run way behind it. So, I wouldn't look for any discussion of a next-generation PlayStation for quite some time."

Tretton's comments come just over a week after Sony unveiled its next-generation handheld, the PlayStation Vita, at the 2011 Electronic Entertainment Expo. That system, which will be offered at $250 and $300 price points in North America, will be Sony's first all-new hardware platform since the PS3 in 2006. It will launch in at least in one territory by the end of the year, according to Sony executives.

However, there is some pressure on Sony to unveil its next-generation plans sooner rather than later. Microsoft has already let slip that it is hiring "next generation" Xbox developers, with major developers letting slip they are already eyeing new console platforms. Also, Nintendo used its E3 press briefing to announce its new console, the Wii U, which will debut after April of next year--a fact that doesn't faze Sony.

"I didn't see anything about Nintendo's announcement that said 'Oh, we'd better get working on rolling out a new PlayStation here pretty soon,'" said Tretton.

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Cloud-Zehro
Cloud-Zehro

@ziproy Lol, like Rob was getting at... You didn't even read the article, they pretty much said that Nintendo isn't a threat, even with their new system, this generation in general isn't in any rush, happy for it too.

user_pt
user_pt

the best decision sony could have made. i'd rather wait a couple of years and have a new kick-ass console than an equivalent to the ps3 with fancy (and useless) new stuff in 2012. sony, take your time and bring us a revolution in video games, just like you did with the ps2. the ps3 is fine by now.

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

I'm not interested in investing in a new console any time soon. So drag this gen out.

Hatemachine25
Hatemachine25

I have to say I am actually glad Sony has the Confidence in it's system to not want to force out the next Version. Good on you Sony, not gonna redeem you for the Move or that Six axis motion control BS, or the PSN fiasco, but it's a step in the right direction.

sabas10
sabas10

As the PS3 isn't even being used at max power, I don't think a succesor is in the makes. Only the Anti-aliasing could be a point of improvement at the moment. Instead of researching a PS4, it would make more sense to expand the PS3.

Arkady_Husky
Arkady_Husky

Sony only stopped losing money on the PS3 last year. That's what Jack Tretton meant when he says the PS3 is 'hitting its stride'. The PS3 may be obsolete, but now that it's finally turning a profit, it'd be madness for Sony to abandon it and incur even more costs by developing a new system.

drdoris
drdoris

A new ps can't come out soon enough as far as I'm concerned. No one in their right mind would want to play a game on a 5 year old pc with half a gig of ram, so why should console owners be forced to use an antique piece of hardware? I say stuff it with the best components money can buy, even if that means it would cost a grand, then not only would we have a decent machine but it might stop the gobby little dastards I always encounter online from getting their paws on one. Everyone wins.

eastwoodmaniac
eastwoodmaniac

Rush out a mediocre, semi-next-gen console or sit and wait for a real beast of a machine all the while still perfectly happy with the current incarnation? I don't mind waiting.

TURBO-BURNER
TURBO-BURNER

I've grew up with Playstation & Ever since then I was a fan. I've Also known that the graphics have changed since then. Also from Software to Hardware & from Compact Disk ta Blu-ray Disk's. Look at Nintendo from 1980 they thought about "imagining", Now they wanna get all "High Tech". Sony Computer Entertainment always stayed on the same track by updating their consoles/systems & their controls. Thank you Sony for making us proud....Long Live Sony Playstation & Their Companies/Industries

inaka_rob
inaka_rob

@ziproy did you even read the article. just look at all the thumbs down you have. not single person agrees with you. I think most people would agree, its nintedno who is sitting still but their tires are spinning.

inaka_rob
inaka_rob

good. and sony is right. the advancements in computer tech is now efficiency, battery life, and size. we are not seeing the leaps and bounds in speed and graphical ability like we used to. I dont mind waiting a couple more years. beside most companies can hardly use the potential they have available as it is.

beny_pimpster
beny_pimpster

PS3 no successor right now??? man thats the best thing sony have said great job!

ziproy
ziproy

Nintendo really shook up these guys. They have no idea what to do

febreez123
febreez123

The PS3 was truly the best system, and with just one set of hardware specs has lasted 5 years, whereas the 360 has been updated repeatedly (in fact even models under the same name had different hardware inside them at different points in time). I want the PS4 to revolutionize dedicated gaming console hardware, just like the PS3 did. A system built to last as game software development improves without losing any quality and/or quantity As long as they take their time it'll be good. If they rush it they'll come to us with something stupid like PlayStationU. But in all seriousness, good move Sony.

dr_jashugan
dr_jashugan

$ony CAN NOT afford to let M$ get ahead start again like last time. Tretton's comment is just to hide the info some executives slipped. If M$ brings out a Next Xbox, $ony will be ready with PS4. This is strictly business where each competitor is trying to take the lead. 8)

DBZKING1234
DBZKING1234

Good I don't want to be spending money on a new console. You guys take your time

ZICO11
ZICO11

I LOVE YOU SONY BEST COMPANY OF THE MILINIUM

JaxxRaxor
JaxxRaxor

Nintendo isn't going to force Sony to release the Playstation 4. The specs of the Wii U aren't final but to me it looks like its only barely more powerful than the PS3. The primarly mystery is on the Wii U controller and on how much it costs and how well developers will use it. I think Microsoft would force Sony's hand more than Nintendo. If for example Microsoft announces the 360 sucessor at E3 2012 and then releases it in late 2013 that is going to put alot of pressure on Sony because they will be behind the new Xbox in raw power (although I'm skeptical on the degree of power a new system would have, something like the graphics of CGI movies of even 15 years ago is likely not feasable in a few years) and behind Nintendo in terms of innovation. Sony lost so much selling the PS3 at a loss (and will lose even more with Vita unless it dramatically outsells the 3DS) so its in Sony's best interest to hold off on releasing a new system as long as possible, ideally 2016.

pinicolaroxa
pinicolaroxa

"I didn't see anything about Nintendo's announcement that said 'Oh, we'd better get working on rolling out a new PlayStation here pretty soon,'" said Tretton. Yeah cause you can just copy the Wiiu controller without having to release a new console, right?

ash162
ash162

Thank u Jack 'cause i just bought my ps3 last year with GOW:3 release and i would like to keep it atleast till 2013.

MOwens9512
MOwens9512

@penpusher when I speak of becoming current I'm speaking only in visual and technical comparisons. Trust me, I am not one to think that graphics and technology automatically makes games better. In some ways they can make developers lazy. Anyway, my whole point was that neither Sony nor Microsoft need to rush to make a new system just because Nintendo finally upped its hardware muscle. I'd rather see people work on coming up with creative new stories and execution than a prettier looking game anyday.

Greylock3491
Greylock3491

As Gamespot has showed many times, while early on XBOX360 games just looked better than PS3 games, today the are indistinguishable. So with the 360 and PS3 providing a nearly identical high quality HD gaming experiences, its my guess they can both hold off till 2013 to release new hardware. Let just hope the new xbox gets a snappier dashboard and loses the power brick, and the PS4 gets some of the Vita features, like Party Chat outside a game without a video cam, quicker friends messaging in game, and the ability to message friends on psn via the Sony website.

tdg2377
tdg2377

Think about it this way. Microsoft had a HUGE jump on the competition of this gen of systems. The 360 was out over a year before the wii or ps3. and so yeah, they dominated the market for a while. but the ps3 is so far advanced over the 360. So Nintendo needed an "update" to the wii. i dont think they intended for this to completely over ride what they did with the wii. otherwise the Wii U wouldn't use the wii-motes in the demos from E3. And that is getting Microsoft worried, because they just dont have the exclusive-titles to compete with sony. so they have to stay ahead of the game to remain competitive. I'll take inFAMOUS, Killzone, Resistance, Ratchet and Clank, and Uncharted over Halo and Gears of War any day.

Gaston77
Gaston77

PS3 has a lot of life left in it. The devtools can be optimised just like the PS2's in the latter stages of its lifecycle. Many Good Things are yet to come...

Ravenlore_basic
Ravenlore_basic

AS long as Sony has a good First party, and good relations with 3rd party developers, PSN.. Vita... then PS3 has a long life. It will take a while before many people move over to the next console and with the price of this gen being lower than next gen, and as long as games are being made for this gen then this generation will last for a lot longer than last gen did.

yavix
yavix

Sounds good to me. I just finally got around to getting a PS3 and I'm really glad I'll have a few more years with it. Don't get me wrong, if the Wii U puts out as strong a performance as I think it will, I'll be looking to pick up one of those, but for now I'll stick with my PS3.

James00715
James00715

WiiU to me doesn't feel like next gen. The graphics seemed about equal to what PS3 and X360 can do. Sony and Microsoft don't need new consoles already. Maybe WiiU graphics will get much better with time, and then the other two will be forced to make new consoles. I think we are a few years away from that though. I expect new console announcements next year but their final release not for an additional year.

PhilipO45
PhilipO45

Wii specs are 2-3 times better then the PS3/360: Take a look: http://pubvo.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/prcspec13iu.jpg And for those thinking the PS3 has more potential..lol, i'm sorry but the PS3 is outdated, already.(as is the X360) Here's a real platform, it's called the pc: one screen from a moded GTA:IV: http://imageshack.us/f/402/newbatchmay010.png/ This is what GTA:V should look like, if R* uses the WiiU and newer gen. consoles, that i'm sure will follow. Heck, the PS3 could not even handle GTA:IV in 720p, it needed to downgrade to 640p once released, with low texture quality. Tretton needs to wake up and realize the PS3 was underpowered from the beginning.(same 512MB ram as the X360 and weaker gpu, with a one yr. later released console is a joke)

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

You mean they are going to keep the PS3 in the market a bit longer in order to get back the immense amount of $$ they invested? I'm sure they want to produce the same results they had with the PS2, and I believe they will come close, maybe not surpass, but be respectively close. I'm fine with the state of gaming as it is and I love my PS3, and my 360, so take your time people, don't want to see another rise in the price of games to cover the development costs.

jimbo-45
jimbo-45

Let me start by saying I have two ps3's and two 360's. Ok my problem with the ps3 is that the games are on a blu-ray disc but are only 720p what is that crap? My receiver upscales everything to 1080p but seriously how are all their games not 1080p? I have never understood it. Demon Soul's and Metal Gear were awesome though.

DekaRyan46
DekaRyan46

Probably will be released in 2013 (the end will come b4 that) >:()

sora123455
sora123455

Good. I hated when I was at the peak of my PS2 enjoyment and I HAD to upgrade. That gives me more time to enjoy the marvel that is the PS3.

RSM-HQ
RSM-HQ

Good for Sony the PS3 is still a powerful piece of hardware and has fantastic graphics. The future will come, just not yet.

flazzle
flazzle

Good. Sounds like Nintendo is doing the right thing, because they can't wait for Sony. And I would bet you could quite a bit more out of the PS3 for years to come. What they should do is release a new SKU to keep it fresh.

Leafar87
Leafar87

Business wise makes total sense. PS3 is now starting to make a profit for Sony and they can't afford to have another "PS3 like run" (High R&D costs, production, etc...) As for Wii U, Nintendo is only trying to catch up with PS3 and Xbox 360 in terms of hardware, not really a full next-gen console. Sony and Microsoft will benefit from this, they see what Nintendo does with Wii U, at the same time their current consoles can go head to head with it. Next-gen is maybe, 2 years from now, until then let's enjoy the great games out there for all platforms =)

Ayato_Kamina_1
Ayato_Kamina_1

hardware wise the wii u probably won't even be up to scratch with the PS3. So that leaves the silly touch screen tablet peripheral, which i'm sure if sony wanted to they could rather easily release one to be compatible with the PS3. Looking forward to the PSvita, looks quite good. Hopefully the game will live up to the hype (uncharted looks amazing)

eynonz
eynonz

Sony has a brain....

SkamArtist
SkamArtist

This is great news. I feel that the PS3 can have the same shelf life (if not longer) as the PS2. I don't feel developers have yet to take advantage of the FULL capabilities of the PS3. On a side note, I never buy a console when it first hits the market. It's always way overpriced and the initial library of games are generally lame. I'll be playing my PS3 for a while.

KhanhAgE
KhanhAgE

Until every game that comes out looking as good as Uncharted, I say the PS3 isn't even at its peak.

wexorian
wexorian

yep ps 3 is still good console we can wait till 2013 :)

wexorian
wexorian

okaty make then Playstation 3 GO! :))))))))))))

DanteDelacoix
DanteDelacoix

Good words coming out here. Completely agree with what he has been saying because to be quite honest, its obvious. PS3 has much more to give still and the best thing competition wise is to wait and see what the wii u does first before trying to counter it (though I doubt it has anything worth countering)

obsequies
obsequies

now is the time that sony would be stupid to go back on their word and not back up the ps3

raptures330
raptures330

Makes complete sense. They just started being profitable in that division and they have kept pushing to make the PS3 Slim even more efficient. They aren't going to abandon it any time soon. Same with the 360. All the Wii U did was catch up for the most part. (Hardware wise)

shimya
shimya

If you ever played a game on a PC then you will know there is always room for technological improvement. I feel that Sony is just trying to buy themselves some time to pace all their announcements. They can't afford another ps3, it will kill the company.

penpusher
penpusher

@MOwens9512 become current? ... youre still thinking as if graphics actually matter, they do to a point but I dont think that the wii-u being ultra powerful would make a difference (mind you we dont really know exactly what its capable of yet)

penpusher
penpusher

well I was a bit worried that the Wii-U might trigger a new generation but this is good :)