If you’re holding out for the PlayStation 4 to be released any time soon you’d better think again. Sony Worldwide Studios boss, Shuhei Yoshida, has said in an interview with Develop that Microsoft and Nintendo will release their next consoles before Sony.
“Looking from the outside, it was Microsoft that released the first of this generation of consoles. Naturally, in my opinion, Microsoft will make the first move.”
“Or, because Nintendo’s approach was not to upgrade much on its basic hardware – Wii doesn’t even support HD resolution – so they might be the first to move.”
“Probably the watch should be on these companies, in my opinion. Because PS3 was later than Xbox, and is more powerful, so it has a longer lifespan.”
Many have suggested that’s Sony’s early struggles this generation were partly down to Microsoft getting the jump on them. Sony clearly seem pretty happy with the PS3 having a long life cycle despite its slow start. If Microsoft’s European executive Chris Lewis is to be believed, Kinect will extend the Xbox 360’s life by 5 years which would mean the PS4 might not be seen for quite some time (or maybe Sony don’t believe the Xbox 360 can last 5 years). Capcom, however, recently suggested we would see the PS4 in the next 2-3 years.
Who knows when the PS4 will be released, but with Sony focused on 3D and Move for the PS3 it certainly won’t be soon.