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193w ago - Today Sony Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida told Eurogamer.net (linked above) that they plan to shift to the next-generation PS4 console once developers can't get anything else out of the PlayStation 3 console.

As previously reported, the PlayStation 4 is also expected to launch after Microsoft's new XBox console currently slated for 2013.

To quote: "Sony will launch its next generation home console when developers are unable to improve the games they make, a senior executive at the company has said.

When that happens, Sony will have to "seriously consider" launching the PlayStation 4, worldwide studios boss Shuhei Yoshida told Eurogamer.

"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," Yoshida said.

While Microsoft is rumored to be preparing to launch its new Xbox in 2013, we've heard little about Sony's next home console.

Sony has insisted its focus is on the PS3, which recently enjoyed a price cut, and the PS Vita, due out in Europe early next year.

Game publishers, generally, agree that the introduction of the next generation is not needed. In January THQ core games boss Danny Bilson told Eurogamer the introduction of new hardware now "would be horrible."

"As far as we are concerned, we have no desire now to do that (release a new home console)," Yoshida said.

"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.

"Looking like that, 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."

Sony to Shift Towards PS4 When Developers Finish with PS3

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#18 - jamesnesc709 - 193w ago
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i still don't like the idea because they don't have a lot of games for the ps3 only for ps1and ps2 games.

#17 - Natepig - 193w ago
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The design flaws that caused the ylod in fat models was a joke when you consider the very high price for the launch models. I hope that they learned there lesson with that one and make the ps4 to last longer than 2 years in some cases.

#16 - HeyManHRU - 193w ago
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I hope all these 'New Gen' consoles are more reliable.

#15 - Neo Cyrus - 193w ago
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"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." - By that logic you never need to switch to a newer generation of hardware. If we're talking about when the hardware is maxed... it was maxed at launch. I wish that was a joke.

#14 - trykenter - 193w ago
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Oh... what a drag!!

I still remember when I got the PS one.

#13 - dinzy - 193w ago
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Quote Originally Posted by elser1 View Post
i heard that the next gen consoles will have games with graphics comparable with avatar the movie..that would be awesome..
still i also hope trhe best games are yet to be released for the ps3.bring on bf3!!

If the consoles do come out in < 2 years they will not look much better than current PC games. It's still good, just not an OMG quantum leap in graphics.

#12 - Prince Valiant - 193w ago
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Quote Originally Posted by SwordOfWar View Post
I'm impressed they are able to make games look as good as Killzone 3, God of War, Heavy Rain, Metal Gear Solid, Final Fantasy 13 etc with 512MB of memory.

It's some kind of specialized memory, probably with a ridiculous clock speed. The games are optimized for it as well.

I'm very content with the current generation of consoles, even older 360 games look decent. They can't be compared to running max settings on a PC, they still look good.

#11 - shummyr - 193w ago
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Its kind of obvious that if one is maxing out the platform and enough people say there needs to be a new platform that it will happen.

#10 - mushy409 - 193w ago
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Quote Originally Posted by elser1 View Post
i heard that the next gen consoles will have games with graphics comparable with avatar the movie..that would be awesome..
still i also hope trhe best games are yet to be released for the ps3.bring on bf3!!


YES YES!!! Battlefield 3 will certainly have mobs of people sat waiting outside our local computer shop 72 hours before launch. Can't wait to get my mits on it

#9 - Natepig - 193w ago
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That's about two years to get saving for the guaranteed high launch price.