Sony believes that it’s too early to talk about the end of the current console generation, as devices like the PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360 can still see their lives expand through different online services.
Seeing as how Nintendo is going to release the Wii U later this month and how both Sony and Microsoft are rumored to reveal their next-generation home consoles in 2013, current devices are going to become extinct soon enough.
That’s not exactly correct, at least according to Sony’s Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida, who talked with French newspaper Le Monde about the end of the current console generation and how it’s still quite far away, especially since developers are only now coming to grips with the PS3, for example.
“Not necessarily,” he said, when asked whether this is the end of the current generation. “Since the launch of the Playstation 3, six years ago, the graphics have evolved, resulting in titles like adventure game Uncharted 3 and Beyond by Quantic Dream.”
What’s more, according to Yoshida, online services play a big role when talking about consoles nowadays and Sony is confident that with new games and special digital features, the PlayStation 3 will live on
“The life of consoles is also extended by services online,” Yoshida added, “which continue to make a new offer cloud and new social functions. It is therefore too early to talk about the end of this generation of consoles.”
Sony went on the record previously saying that the PlayStation 3 would be supported for at least two to three more years with big games, new features, and services.
Meanwhile, rumors have mentioned that the company is set to reveal the PlayStation 4, aka the Orbis, in summer of 2013, right before E3 2013.