Sony’s director of global operations finally spoke on the future of the PlayStation. It’s about time, considering that rumors of a PS4 have been null save for far reaching speculation as to when the company will decide to start working on a new console. While Shuhei Yoshida, the above-mentioned director, did speak at some length, what was said might upset some.
To be brief, the PS4 will happen when the PS3 has been bled dry, made into jerky, and then consumed in full. The actual quote Yoshida gave was much more tactful:
“Looking at the platform cycle, when the platform becomes something game developers are not able to improve their creations with, that’s the time we have to really seriously consider shifting to the next generation. […] Gamers always need something new and more exciting. If they’re seeing just similar types of games coming year after year, they will quickly lose their interest. “
So you mean more Rockstar games? Because they are one of the only companies still making games beyond normal pabulum (Catherine also gets a special aside – there). But wait! There’s more!
“…when you see games coming out on PS3, both the traditional type of games as well as new kind of games using PS Move, there is a lot more we can do from the game development standpoint. So as long as we and our developers can create new experiences that are more exciting to consumers, I see no need to transition into newer generation.”
Now Yoshida is just hoisting his own petard, as the PS Move has been all but a senseless peripheral to garner more sales. At least, that’s how it’s come off so far, and the Kinect isn’t looking much better, but at least has more promise for relative longevity thanks to the now banal set of rhythmic games.
Only time will tell how long the PS3 can live for, but relying on new additions could spell an early death. Hey, with that emphasis on unique games, why not get ready to purchase more HD remakes/minor upgrades since the demand for good graphics outweighs the demand for truly unique content in most cases? That said, this fall has some promise for a new injection of vigor into the console, but only time, as the tired saying goes, will tell.