Despite the fact that Sony has gone on record saying they have no intention of pursuing another piece of hardware any time soon, various rumors have been circulating since E3 suggesting that both Sony and Microsoft will release new consoles next year to compete with the launch of the Nintendo’s next-generation hardware, the Wii U.
According to DigiTimes, Sony will begin manufacturing the PlayStation 4 in late 2011 in order to be ready for a 2012 launch. It’s a surprising statement considering Sony recently reaffirmed that the PS3 is only halfway through it’s ten-year lifecycle, but even more surprising is the site’s claim that the new console will boast body movement-based controls similar to Microsoft’s Kinect.
Jack Tretton, President and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment of America, has seen the Wii U and does not consider it an imminent threat to the PlayStation 3. In an interview, he goes as far as to say that the PS3 is just getting started.
“PlayStation 3 is really just hitting its stride. And technologically, I don’t think it’s possible to provide any advancement beyond what we have…
…What we’ve seen from the competition is trying to add features that already exist in PlayStation 3. We invested heavily in that, we rolled a very heavy rock up a steep hill, through the launch period. But now I think that all pays off, and we’ve got a long run way behind it. So, I wouldn’t look for any discussion of a next generation PlayStation for quite some time.”
Sony is likely working on the PlayStation 4 on some level, but this year and 2012 is going to be about the Vita. The consumer electronics giant might show something from a PS4 at E3 2012 and schedule a launch for 2013; a lot probably depends on how the Wii U launch goes and what rumblings come out of Mircrosoft. But a new home console in 2012? Nope, not going to happen.
I would also be skeptical about them developing a Kinect-like system given how much they’ve invested in Playstation Move, and the fact that the Sony brand is very popular in Japan where apartments tend to be small; playing a game by flinging your body around takes a lot of room, making the move inconsistent with the company’s core market.
What do you, fellow gamers, think? Does the idea of a new Playstation console hitting store shelves next year make you jump up-and-down with excitement? Would you be happy with its use of motion capture technology akin to Microsoft’s Kinect? Sound off in the comments below.