In speaking with a French gaming site, Phillipe Cardon, PlayStation France CEO, has said that Sony will probably be the last of the major hardware manufacturers to announce a brand new console.
Here’s Cardon, as translated by the folks at VG247:
“It’s true that there are a lot of rumours, but I couldn’t tell you anything…
Wii is pressed for time because it’s in decline. In our case, we have a lot less pressure. We were the last to release PS3, and we will probably be the last to announce something.”
During the recent CES, Sony’s Kaz Hirai negated some of the most recent batch of rumors; it was suggested that the PlayStation 4 was set to be revealed during this year’s E3. Hirai discounted those claims and went further to emphasis the current system’s projected lifespan:
“Andy (House) is absolutely right in that we are not making any announcements at E3…I’ve always said a 10-year life cycle for PS3, and there is no reason to go away from that.”
Cardon has inadvertently given rumor mongers, like myself, a generic calendar for upcoming consoles and launches. The Wii U has obviously already been announced by Nintendo, so push that company and its machine to the front of the line. With Cardon’s asserting that Sony will be last, we’ll go ahead and say we should wait for Microsoft to do something with their next Xbox before even considering any new Sony console rumors.
As for Cardon’s point about pressure, he is absolutely right. The PlayStation 3 has been enjoying great sales, especially over the last few years; the Wii, however, has not. It was time for Nintendo to announce and launch something new. For Sony and Microsoft? Why launch a brand new console when the current model is performing so well?