Sony's Yoshida: "It's too early to talk about the end of this gen"

The PlayStation exec sees the current console generation being further extended with online services

The PlayStation 3 has been on the market since 2006, and with the Wii U launching in under two weeks, some would say the era of next-gen gaming is about to be ushered in. Not so, says Shuhei Yoshida president of Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios. Despite the unusually long console generation we've already seen, Yoshida doesn't think it's time to talk about the end of this generation.

When asked by French publication Le Monde about whether Wii U signaled the start of the next generation, Yoshida responded, “Not necessarily. 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. The life of consoles is also extended by services online, 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.”

With Sony's big acquisition of cloud gaming company Gaikai, online services are likely to become more and more important on PS3 and Vita in the near future. Sony's not talking about Gaikai's integration just yet, but PS3's life certainly could be extended through cloud gaming.

That said, many believe Sony is also ramping up for a launch of new hardware by holiday 2013, with one report indicating that PS4 dev kits are already being shipped to certain developers following an important "disclosure meeting."

[Thanks VG247]

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Darren Geiger Programmer/Developer/Artist 3 years ago
He's right. Honestly, I'm not ready for the next gen. Let's drive the current gen into the ground before moving on. With games like Beyond, The Last of Us, Metal Gear Rising, Halo 4, I don't see any reason to upgrade for the next year and a half. Of course I might be eating my words once they show off the next gen hardware.
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Paul Jace Merchandiser 3 years ago
I don't think you will be eating your words Darren. This gen will last for, at the very least, another two years rather or not new consoles arrive next year from Sony and Microsoft. The plug won't be pulled on the 360 and PS3 over night. They will still be around for a few years after their predecessors launch.

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Kingman Cheng Illustrator and Animator 3 years ago
Totally agreed, Sony have improved their online services this year a lot, and having a solid infrastructure that'll carry through to the next gen is better than pushing out another console just because you can.
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Tamir Ibrahim Programmer, Rodeo Games3 years ago
Talking about the beginning of one generation does not mean talking about the end of another. It's not an instantaneous transition, there will be years of overlap.

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Jason Avent VP, Studio Head, NaturalMotion3 years ago
It's good to see a lot of positivity in the comments here. Especially when so many are saying that this is not just the end of a console cycle but the end of The Console Generation as we know it.
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Andy Samson QA Supervisor, Digital Media Exchange3 years ago
The way things are shaping up could mean that from 2013 to the end of 2014, the Wii U will have the definitive version of any new multi-platform game that will appear.

History repeats itself: It will suddenly become PS (Wii U) vs Saturn (360/PS3) all over again, and guess what happened to the Saturn? SEGA was forced to (MS and SONY) release the Dreamcast (NextBox/PS4). This new "Dreamcast" might get lucky and last up to 2017, or until the "new PS2" (Nintendo's next console) takes over.
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Bill Garrison Studying Student, DigiPen Institute of Technology3 years ago
The Playstation 3 doesn't offer competent online services, and can't because of RAM limitations. The PS brand is currently mired in the perception of being slow, not easy to use, and overall antiquated, specifically in its approach to online services. Without updated hardware and a renewed commitment to the user experience, consumers' attitudes aren't going to change.
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Bill Garrison Studying Student, DigiPen Institute of Technology3 years ago
Andy, that is one bizarre analogy. Did you miss the last five years where Nintendo was peddling dated hardware, and sucked its consumer base dry?
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JEAN-PHILIPPE ALLANGBA Studying Marketing Management, London Metropolitan University3 years ago
You got to read through the lines, the launch of the new gen consoles doesn't "necessarily" mean the end of the old one. I mean look at the market, the ps2 and psp sell really well, as a matter of fact the PSP outsell the ps vita (in japan). I am pretty sure Sony will support the ps3 for another 3 years even after the launch of the ps4. And they still got to make enough profits on the ps3.

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Bill Garrison Studying Student, DigiPen Institute of Technology3 years ago
Jean, the PSP only sells anything in Japan. The PS2 does not sell significant numbers anymore, except in latent markets. And the Vita is absolutely drowning. The video game industry itself can not sustain support of 4 simultaneous platforms, like the Vita PSP PS3 and PS4. Not only that, but Sony does not live in a vacume. They have the Wii, WiiU, 3DS, DS, Xbox 360, and upcoming Xbox platforms that also demand developer support, and market share. Although a 10 year life cycle is noble, its completely pointless if you have more than one platform, and it prevents any of them from being successful.
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