The PlayStation 3 may only just be hitting its stride, but previous Sony Europe CEO David Reeves has claimed that its successor isn’t too far away. Whether he’s talking from insider knowledge, or simply winging it, is a matter of debate.
When asked about when he thought the PlayStation 4 and ‘Xbox 720’ would be out, Reeves (now Capcom Europe’s COO) told GamesIndustry.biz:
“Two to three years, I reckon so. I don’t have any inside information. All the first-parties have got to be working on something. The tricky thing is when do you put a stake in the ground on technology? That’s the problem. You can be waiting a few extra months to implement something, but you’ve got to set a date to go with a certain chip at a certain point otherwise you’re going to miss the key milestones.”
Ok, so he says he doesn’t have any insider information, but his prediction may not be too far off. Although Sony has touted a ten year life-span for the PS3 – like with the PS2 – there’s no reason why the next console can’t release during that lifespan. All Sony means by a ten year life span is that they’ll continue to support that console with content. 2012 may be a little early, but the end of 2013 is a good call for the PS4.
Reeves added that he sees PlayStation Move and 3D as a stop-gap before the release of the PS3’s successor:
“Capcom is definitely going to embrace it and just as the first-parties are doing, we see it [Move] as another blip before we come into the next cycle. 3D gaming is the same. Anything they can add to revive and pique interest in the games until we have another clash of the titans in two years time.”
When do you think the PS4 will release?