PlayStation 3 Support Will Only Be Around For The “Next Couple Of Years”
With the PlayStation 4 release scheduled for later this year, one can only ask: what’s going to happen with the PlayStation 3? Well, naturally, it would be assumed that there will still be support for the console, like the PlayStation 2.
And if you assumed that, you’d be very right. However, how long will Sony support the console for?
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Reports have stated that Sony will support the PlayStation 3 for at least “the next couple of years”, and that sort of translates into two years, doesn’t it? The news of PlayStation 3 support was made by Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida who seemed sceptical about the idea that the PlayStation 3 would receive as much attention as the PlayStation 2 did.
“PS3 has been doing great – but it’s not like everyone owns a PS3 already,” he explained. “There’s always a group of consumers who come late in the cycle, people who wait for the price to come down. We’re expanding geographically as well. The demand from Latin America, for example, is really really strong for PS3.”
“So we’ll have a parallel strategy with PS3 and PS4, like we had between PS2 and PS3. PS3 was launched in 2006, in the sixth year of PS2, but PS2 lasted for another five years. I don’t know if PS3 will last another five years – but definitely for the next couple of years, because of the price difference, the great library of games and the publisher side being able to support both.
“There’ll even be new games. We were talking about indie games – many indie announcements at GamesCom were for games coming to PS4, PS Vita and PS3. These guys also support multi-generation platforms, so there’ll continue to be a great supply of games.
It seems that although support for the PlayStation 3 can be expected, the truth is in the above words: many of the games expected will be defined as indie. Furthermore, Yoshida noted that the company’s own development teams are moving from PlayStation 3 to PlayStation 4. That essentially means that the amount of AAA games for the PlayStation 3 will decrease, probably somewhat dramatically.
“Our large teams are shifting, transitioning from PS3 to PS4, and continuing on Vita as well,” he said. “But for our digital releases, we always look at PS4, PS3 and Vita. Many games like Hohokum or Doki Doki Universe we have announced for PS3 and PS4 at the same time.
“We’ll continue to support PS3 in a way that makes sense, especially the digital games that we work on – but our large teams, our AAA release teams, are transitioning from PS3 to PS4.”