Last September it was revealed by John Koller, Sony’s VP of Hardware Marketing, that Sony will continue to support the PlayStation 3 through 2015 and possibly beyond. The word “support” is pretty broad, and could refer to anything from releasing PlayStation 3 versions of annual sports games like Madden and FIFA to releasing hardcore AAA first party titles years after the PlayStation 4 is already out, so what can we expect from Sony during this transition period?
Jim Ryan, CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, recently addressed the issue in a conversation with PlayStation Blog, and there’s some good news in store for those that plan to hold on to their PlayStation 3’s a little longer.
If you’re ready to trade in your PlayStation 3 and upgrade to the PlayStation 4, you might want to wait a little bit longer. According to Sony’s Jim Ryan there are still some big PlayStation 3 titles on the way that have yet to be announced.
Typically history can help us only so far here. We’re actually still selling PS2s in regions such as the Middle East seven years after we introduced PS3. There are a number of reasons why the transition might be a bit more accelerated this time round, but PS3 is a very important part of our portfolio, certainly in 2013, 2014 and probably beyond that.
I’d point to the software line-up on PS3 that we have coming up – God of War: Ascension next month, The Last of Us, which is looking great, and Beyond later in the year. And there’s other stuff yet to be announced which is highly significant too. There’s a lot coming on PS3 and it’s going to be very important to us for some time yet.
I can’t help but feel the transition period between the two systems would be smoother if the PlayStation 4 didn’t lack backwards compatibility with PlayStation 3 games, but it’s no surprise that Sony is going to continue supporting their install base of over 70 million PlayStation 3 consoles until the PlayStation 4 establishes its own fanbase.
Source: PlayStation Blog