The Playstation 3 had a bit of a rough start. When it launched, its primary rival in the HD console space generally trounced it with better games, better performance and a more robust online component. Fast forward just over three 3 years, and that picture’s changing substantially.
The PS3 is now in its stride – being home to some of this generation’s best – and best looking games. So it’s obviously time to talk about when the next machine from Sony is coming, right? So, when will that be?
No time soon, according to Sony’s Jack Tretton.
â€œWe’ve just passed the third year of the PlayStation 3 and we’re just hitting our stride. And I don’t think anyone is saying, â€˜This is a five-year cycle; what’s new on the horizon?’ I can’t even imagine what can be done technically beyond the PlayStation 3 in the near future.â€
â€œA question I often get is when we are going to see PlayStation 4. When somebody can craft the technology that exceeds what we’re able to do on the PS3, but we are still just starting to harness it.â€
This pretty much parallels what other console manufacturers – as well as analysts and developers – are saying. There really isn’t much need for a move to a next generation. Sure, with DirectX 11 PC’s have once again overtaken consoles with regards to graphical fidelity – but it’s mostly superfluous effects and higher resolutions which while nice, aren’t nearly enough to warrant a generational shift.
If you’re unhappy with the current generation of consoles and want more, well tough – it’s gonna be around for many more years. When the next generation does come though, I really hope Sony give us a new controller. I’ve not been much of a fan of the Dual Shock since its inception half-way through the Playstation 1’s life cycle. 2 generations later and it’s pretty much the same damn thing, giving me the same damned cramps in my hands.
Source : Fast company
Last Updated: February 26, 2010