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“Highly Significant” Games Still to be Announced for PlayStation 3

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

  • Jordan Gibbons

    This is not really much of a surprise. Sony is known for maintaining the value of their systems for years into the next generation. God of War 2, which many claim to be one of the best PS2 games released 4 months after the PS3 came out. They’re not in the business of alienating their consumers. Backwards compatibility is a hot button issue that is widely known to only be used by a minute portion of the gaming public. We already have our PS3s and why would you buy a PS4 to play PS3 games? I’m buying mine to play PS4 games. They just recently stopped making PS2 systems in Japan. There will hopefully be value in both systems until the the next generation is in full swing.

    • Erimgard

      The reason backwards compatibility matters is because a lot of people can only afford to buy PS4′s by trading in their PS3′s, especially when retailers like GameStop offer special deals for doing so. If there’s no BC, you have to hang onto your PS3. With BC, you could trade it in, get the PS4, keep playing PS3 games and buy the new PS4 games as well.

      • Jordan Gibbons

        If the system were to have backwards compatibility, then that would mean it would have to have the PS3 cell processor in it too on top of the new high end PC specs, which would drastically increase the price just like the original PS3 had to endure at first. The first thing Sony did to lower the price was remove BC to make the system affordable.

        Reports state the PS4 will likely be in the $399 range, at least. For arguments sake, let’s say they have to raise the price $100 for BC and that brings it to $500, hypothetically. Gamestop is only giving $150 tops for a PS3 right now. Sure, that would put a dent, but it’s not even half of the price of the original $399. You’re only saving $50 bucks. If you keep it, you keep everything you have on your PS3. I’m not looking to get rid of my 500 GB HD that’s filled with all my games and save files.

        • Alex Plant

          I’ll agree that it doesn’t make $$$ sense to include backward compatibility, but it’s still a big blow to consumers who might have found a lot of value in it.

          • Erimgard

            I understand the business side of it. They kind of shot themselves in the foot with the PS3′s processor in the first place.

      • Terrak

        Dont forget the dual shock controllers from ps3 wont work on the ps4 so thats another thing that will sting for gamers wanting to save a bit more money. The Wii used gamecube controllers and the Wii U used Wiimotes. Helped save some cash for local multiplayer action.

  • zdog

    Haha, this reminds me a lot of the quote that went around before Wii U was released that there were still 100 games in development for the Wii…so much for that.…wait-what

    • Erimgard

      Shovelware. Shovelware everywhere.