PS4 not launching anytime soon - Sony

Sony Computer Entertainment America president Jack Tretton says company would be "distracted" by news of new console this year.

Gamers shouldn't expect the PlayStation 4 anytime soon, according to SCEA president Jack Tretton. Speaking with IGN, Tretton said Sony remains focused on the PlayStation 3, as well as the PlayStation Vita, which it will ship next week.

The PlayStation 4 is still far off, it appears.

"Right now, we're focused on PlayStation 3, and I've got another platform (PlayStation Vita) to get out the door in seven days, so I don't want to be thinking about trying to launch new technology any time soon," he said. "I want to focus all our energy on our console business, which is really just hitting its stride, and Vita, which really deserves a dedicated push from us."

Tretton went a step further, indicating that the PS4 would not be announced during 2012. He said such a move would make Sony "distracted."

"I, quite frankly, would be very distracted if I had to be talking about next generation hardware this year," he said.

The PS4 was rumored to have its coming-out party at the 2012 Electronic Entertainment Expo, which runs June 5-7 in Los Angeles. However, Sony's recently promoted Kaz Hirai shot that rumor down and reiterated that the PlayStation 3 will have a 10-year life cycle. That system was released in 2006.

As for the PS Vita, that portable launches in North America, Europe, and Australia next week in two models: a $250 Wi-Fi version and a $300 3G iteration. Sony is backing the product with a $50 million marketing push, which will promote the system on TV, online, and on billboards.

For more on the latest rumors concerning the PS4--as well as the Wii U and the Xbox 360 successor--check out GameSpot's next-generation fact and fiction feature.

Written By

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

Discussion

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HalcyonScarlet
HalcyonScarlet

@Scorpion1813 I'm not gonna lie, I am pessimistic about it. I'd love it to take off but as I said, until I see it happening.

Scorpion1813
Scorpion1813

@HalcyonScarlet: Considering I'll be working in the industry in little over a year, I'm excited by the prospect of getting to work with it. Yes I do realise it MIGHT take a while for it to completely take over using polygons. But I reckon that once one or two games are released using it, more and more game devs are going to want to get involved really fast. And yes, while there are companies, such as those who made Graphics Cards, Euclideon have reported that they are working with these companies. So while graphics cards may not be needed, it would still be beneficial to have one. At least this way, it would allow more people to get the latest games on release without having to worry about having a super computer, and these capitalistic companies still get a market share. You say I'm being too pessimistic about the new Xbox, then say I'm too optimistic about UD. I feel you're doing the same in reverse. I realise nothing is solid until it's happened, but that's not going to stop me from looking forward to things. Just as it's not going to stop me from thinking some things are a waste of time/money.

HalcyonScarlet
HalcyonScarlet

@Scorpion1813 Yeah but it's going to have to get through the politics first. There are a lot of companies that make money from the market. Think of it like a pharmaceutical company that has the cure, but there's too much to be made from the pills. I'm well aware of it's potential, but I wouldn't get excited until things start happening.

Scorpion1813
Scorpion1813

@HalcyonScarlet: Nobody wants Unlimited Detail? Last I heard many companies were trying to get the rights to make the first release with it. Also, it's not about whether the consoles support it, it whether the game developers do. It's going to help PC gaming as people won't HAVE to buy the latest graphics card in order to play the latest games. In fact - they may not even need a graphics card at all. Unlimited Detail is going to revolutionise the way games are made, especially in the fact that it will free up a lot of current limitations. Compared to the arms race of WW2 - Unlimited Detail is the Nuke that will end that arms race. Thus why I have said, in the future it will be less about the capabilities of the consoles and more about the skill of the artists. And that's the way it should be.

PayneKiller
PayneKiller

Good to hear. I spent $500, plus another $300 for my 2 PS3's, I expect to get a whole lot of play and years out of them with those huge investments compared to my past under $200 consoles like the PS2 and Gamecube and PlayStation etc. I don't really intend to be getting a new console for another 3 years at least, not a graphics hound like some people are that want crave new hardware every year. Quite satisfied with the level of graphics as they are, its not like its the N64 blocks or SNES 2D.. and games from those generations are still satisfying for me.

HalcyonScarlet
HalcyonScarlet

@Scorpion1813 You don't think the new Xbox will be a massive update. Are you serious? I wonder what the PS3 looks like through your eyes. Despite the all the bravado from Sony, it has never really proved that it's anything other that marginally (nearly unnoticeably) more powerful than the 360. They're almost the same console. The CELL hasn't shown it's good for anything else but over complicating development. Combined with the fact 3rd parties don't even make good use of it. The PS3 has a Blu Ray drive in it, but it's too slow to properly utilize in any other capacity than to eliminate disc swapping and playing movies. The graphics will be a massive update, do you know how out of date the 360/PS3 GPUs actually are? The RAM has become a bottleneck in the PS3, actually holding it back as shown in Skyrim. And yes when you launch matters, it doesn't matter that the PS4 is slightly more powerful than the next Xbox. The first one to market will have the developers and publishers on board and get the consumer. If Sony start late they will struggle just like with the PS3. As a business the PS3 has been almost a waste, Sony haven't made much money off it, it's also cost them market share and brand power. Also i'll be surprised if anyone takes unlimited detail on board, I was excited a year or two ago, but no one seems to want it.

Zophar87
Zophar87

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godzillavskong
godzillavskong

@Scorpion1813 Yeah, but we've only heard or read rumors about this next console from Microsoft, and we don't really know what kinda scheme or setup their designing.I think both of their consoles still offer a lot and there really isn't a need for anything new right now, but until we actually get the response from either company, on what their next system is, or it's hardware design, we really are left in the dark. I think all of these companies will come up with some sorta design to attract gamers specifically to their platform. They've been doing pretty good at it so far.

Scorpion1813
Scorpion1813

@HalcyonScarlet: Yes, each generation has constant updates - releasing slightly altered/updated "innards" but those slight alterations don't make a new generation. THAT's my point. This new Xbox isn't going to be different enough from current gen consoles (PS3) to be classified as a "new generation in gaming consoles". It might be enough of a change from the current 360 to be a new generation in the Xbox line. But not enough when compared to other "current-gen" consoles. And it seems that this new Xbox has more in common with the PS3 than anything else. As someone else mentioned, Sony could benefit from this as they are practically offering the same services as this new Xbox, but at a cheaper price. Yes, the new Xbox is have smoother gameplay due to having more up-to-date processors and graphics card, etc. And Sony will be then forced to update theirs in order to compete in that regard. This is why this article is good news. Sony not releasing a console until after Xbox has been released mean that the PS4 will have even more up-to-date processors and "innards" than the Xbox. But are the graphics capabilities of the consoles really going to matter in the near future - what with this new "Unlimited Detail" coming out soon, there won't be any poly limits, and processing will become so fast that any relative difference between consoles wouldn't really matter.

Scorpion1813
Scorpion1813

@Aeriscloud99: I haven't stated everything as a fact, a lot of the times I use the phrases "I think", "I guess", I find that", and use words like "could" (read: possibly) instead of "would" (definitely will). And even most things I seem to have stated as fact, should be taken more as educated assumptions based on past events and perceptions, because we don't know anything about the future as a fact. I shouldn't have to put "in my opinion" at the beginning or end of every sentence because some people are too lazy to read between the lines.

Scorpion1813
Scorpion1813

@Aeriscloud99: A handheld that has touch screen is fine, and yes it is widely popular as other devices such as phones and ipods are using it. I just don't think it's going to work for consoles. Having dual screen on the DS is fine because they are relatively close, and are the same size, resolution, etc. But if you're playing a game on console (on a big TV screen, and constantly having to look down to a smaller screen and constantly having to take your hand off the controller in order to use the touch screen features (which is reportedly one criticism of the Vita) people are going to get sick of it quite fast. I'm not saying the PS3 or Sony are without fault. The FACT is that releasing a new console with minor updates (fixing the skipping and freezes to use your example) is not enough to claim to be a "new generation of gaming consoles". It's the same with M$ - releasing a new console that introduces technology that's already available in other consoles is NOT a "new generation of consoles". That's not an opinion. I've already made mention in a previous comment that Sony will most likely (read: educated guess) release a PS4 before 2016 (PS3 ten-year life cycle).

Scorpion1813
Scorpion1813

@godzillavskong: My point was that the only really new things that M$ will be abdding is Blu-Ray support and touch-screen controllers. Sony already has that and don't need to release a new console to do it. I'm not saying people will buy the Vita, and I'm not saying they will use it as a PS3 controller if they do. Most likely: they won't - and for this reason I find the whole touch-screen controller things to be pointless and just a worthless gimmick that people will soon forget about and never use (like the sixaxis). The problem is that people are going to buy into the whole "next-gen" marketing ploy, and in the end all they are getting is stuff that's already available elsewhere.

KILLEDbCRITICAL
KILLEDbCRITICAL

@Gelugon_baat content you say,you are quite slow in the smarts department nowadays huh... unfortunately this thread is dead and that means no fun for both of us,so i'll leave this little discussion for another opportunity,but you'll see me again soon or later... *wave hands and elegantly leaves to never return *

josh7845
josh7845

I think the next Xbox will be released in late 2013 or early 2014 and the next PS4 will be released in late 2014 or early 2015. I think that would give us plenty of time.

gameking5000
gameking5000

@Geulugon_baat So many thumbs down on your posts...

aussiemuscle
aussiemuscle

Sounds like a good time for Microsoft to update their platform and get a couple years lead time against the ps3.

dawnofhero
dawnofhero

PS3 still has life in it, as well as the 360. Those systems were made to last longer than 5 years and it shows.

MuffintopX
MuffintopX

Thank God, I still think it's too soon, but next year they'll be ready to talk about their New thing.

TevoxZi
TevoxZi

@KILLEDbCRITICAL Of course not. =)

IrithAyllistira
IrithAyllistira

Is it true that Sony will stop producing the playstation after the release of PS4?

KILLEDbCRITICAL
KILLEDbCRITICAL

@TevoxZi I'm always cool bro,thx for asking,no hard feelings eh.=)

KILLEDbCRITICAL
KILLEDbCRITICAL

@Gelugon_baat Nothing wrong with a little chaos here and there to shake things up a little,but you sir are seriously dumbed down,THATs what i'm saying and wusup with all that GS ball licking?...did i insult you?gee i wasn't even trying.

DJCartmell
DJCartmell

I say 4 more years of PS3 and 360 it's been the best console generation ever there's no point in ending it just yet. Besides even with a successor console I don't anticipate the leap to being major like that of Avatar let's just wait couple more years and have more of the same good quality of games this generation's been blessed with!

DJCartmell
DJCartmell

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Chris-Parker
Chris-Parker

I'm not surprised by this news. Tbh I don't expect to see the release of the next Xbox until winter 2013, a good bet for the next playstation would be winter 2014 or Spring 2015. There's a lot of life left in current generation of consoles, plus we all want to see our money go further during these challenging times. It wouldn't make no sense to start pushing the next gen yet.

deadkingdg
deadkingdg

The PS3 is still good enough, we don't need a new PS anytime soon. Take your time Sony.

DitchyJ
DitchyJ

I reckon Sony wouldnt release the PS4 until after the Xbox is launched anyway...or at least until it gets more information on MS new console. Then it will probably beat it with better components that way, rather then risk the possobility of being beaten at launch. Im looking forward to giving my Xbox a rest and playing Dust 514 when its out on the PS3.

TevoxZi
TevoxZi

@KILLEDbCRITICAL Hey, been a long time. I'm fine, thanks for asking, how about you? =)

KILLEDbCRITICAL
KILLEDbCRITICAL

@Gelugon_baat i liked you better when you had some consistent opinions between the bullshaits,now you sound like you have brain damage by a massive abuse of heavy drugs,come on now,wise up would you. @TevoxZi what's up man,funny thing finding you here,i kinda miss our little debates:P

The_Jackle
The_Jackle

At the beginning of the cycle Sony were spreading themselves too thin. When the PS3 launched they were still dedicating a lot of resources to the PS2 and had only just begun its push for the hand held market. That it's trying to remain focused is a good thing as I believe it's one of the factors responsible for Sony letting its grip on the market slip.

pH347m3
pH347m3

That's the kind of news I want to hear.

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

@Zoomer30 My 08 model 360 has been running fine.The only problem I have is trying to play more than 1 game at a time! I think that dead horse(rrod) has been beat to death already. You do know they released a new model over a year ago?

Zoomer30
Zoomer30

PS3 Cons: Tough to program for 360 Cons: Breaks if you even look at it

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

I believe Sony will get their 10 years out of their PS3. They squeezed every bit of juice out of the PS2, so I wouldn't be surprised if they did the same with the PS3. It hasn't maxed it's potential yet. Yeah it is a bit low in the ram dept., but its main processor is still strong, with a lot of developers just now getting around the learning curve, so I'd expect to see even better looking games with their later software. Just give us more games and you'll be fine Sony. The Last of Us and The Last Guardian are two that are on my radar for sure!

Philly1UPer
Philly1UPer

@Gelugon_baat Actually, I am. Thanks for noticing. With that said, =-* have an amazing night sweetie. Love you =-* =-*

Diablo-B
Diablo-B

Im not surprised, Sony spends so much money on hardware development that they are almost forced to have an extended life-cycle for their consoles. I also highly doubt that developers have exhausted the capabilities of the PS3 yet.

Philly1UPer
Philly1UPer

"@Gelugon_baat Posted Feb 21, 2012 1:22 am GMT @Philly1UPer Like I said earlier, you sure rant a lot." I can pretty much do this all day. Look back at your post. I was simply correcting you. you said that you said I rant alot, but you didn't, so I figured I would correct you and show you your mistake. Nice try man.

Philly1UPer
Philly1UPer

@Gelugon_baat No, I atcually went back and looked at your post and didnt see that at all. You actually said that to slippship. Maybe you could go back and check for yourself? or edit one of your post towards me and throw that in there to prove me wrong ;)

Philly1UPer
Philly1UPer

@Gelugon_baat You actually didnt say that to me. You said that to someone else. Cool Story Bro.

Cronicx-
Cronicx-

Sony's probably cracking under the pressure of developing a new console. Anytime they need to innovate something, they fail. Plus they got their s**t hacked like crazy last year. I plan on puttin stock in Xbox next time. At least they can handle themselves

Sigil-otaku
Sigil-otaku

wow, a few fanboys voting me down just for saying blu-ray is good tech that won't be replaced next gen (prove it wrong if you can?), pointing out sales trends (show me how they're false) and stating MS adding blu-ray levels out the playing field a little more. I mean seriously, are any of those untrue statements / trends or is there some hidden reason I missed for the downvotes? I'm willing to listen but don't think many will have reasonable responses as to why they downvoted. Edit: I notice TheVGamer got downvoted too just for stating about the lifespan and coming in too late to the market. Wonder who's really that worried about Sony's sales :/

AceBalls
AceBalls

What's the rush? Unless you want stable 64 and 128 player online shooters or mmo's then the consoles are doing pretty bloody good so far.

Pineapple_Head
Pineapple_Head

Remember the 10 year life cycle? I won't be expecting a "PS4" until 2016.

Barighm
Barighm

I can believe this. We've already agreed Sony is taking a wait and see approach, and since they're busy with the Vita, they can afford to take that approach. I don't expect to get a single whiff of the PS4 until E3 2013 at the soonest with 2014 being the most likely release date...and that's ONLY if the Nextbox has been announced/released. If not, then even later. As for the current discussion, the only thing the Wii's current success proved is people don't like paying more than $300 for a console. 360 and PS3 hit $300 and sales went up. 3DS price came down, sales improved. Gamers are a frugal bunch it seems.

TevoxZi
TevoxZi

@psycho75 Thanks for having a mature respond, I truly appreciate it. =) EDIT: Yeah, you're right about what upscaled and native mean. I forgot to answer that. >> Unfortunately I don't know the answer to that Chaos Theory thing. It's weird alright.

Darnasian
Darnasian

Well I'm glad... Because this whole next gen thing it's just a BS... When you still can make good games on a system why change it?... I don't want to spend 600 dollars or so for a new system and games.. And if you really want to support this next gen thing you'll buy the next gen consoles at launch...otherwise you are a hypocrite by wishing a next gen and not supporting it by buying it at launch but waiting a few months or years to get cheap... Many people whine that they want a new next gen but they do not want to buy it when it's expensive...losers...hypocrites...

CanYouSmellIt
CanYouSmellIt

 @Gelugon_baat Excuse me but just how does one "abuse" their freedom of speech? Do you even know what the founding fathers have said about that freedom? A whole lot since they made the very first thing they addressed along with your freedom of speech. Now if there is a ToU that was violated that is another thing. If that is what you meant then you chose very poorly with your wording. Freedom of speech extends to all speech, even ugly speech you don't like.