Sony to Support PS3 Through 2015
Published: Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, September 26, 2012 14:09
Jason Koller, Sony’s vice president of hardware marketing, has stated that the company plans to continue support for the Playstation 3 console with first-party content up to the year 2015.
“A lot of great content is coming,” Koller said. “And over the next 2-3 years, the PS3 has got an incredible lineup.”
In an interview with video game website Gamespot, Koller said, “We’re going to continue supporting the PS3 for the next few years. Absolutely. And we’re going to continue supporting it not only that long, but as long as there is a development spigot that’s running hot. And I can tell you right now, the development spigot for PS3 is very hot. A lot of great games coming.”
This might seem like strange news to many. The long-rumored Playstation 4 and its Microsoft counterpart are rumored to be dropping sometime next year. Sony’s extended support for the Playstation 3 could hint that the next generation of consoles is further out than has generally been anticipated.
However, it’s worth remembering that support for the Playstation 2 extended long into the Playstation 3’s lifecycle. In fact, games are still released (albeit incredibly irregularly) for the older console. The wider install base of established hardware means a greater likelihood of sales for games than on a newer system with fewer users.
What’s more interesting is that the claim of first-party support, or support from Sony’s own, internal studios. Long-term support for older consoles is usually handled by third-party developers, as they have less of a stake in moving new hardware. Sony, on the hand, will want to move as many Playstation 4s (assuming that’s what the next system is actually called) as possible very quickly. The best way to do that is with high quality first-party games that consumers will want to buy. If the developers that would normally be handling content for the new system are spending their resources on the Playstation 3, they might not have the time or manpower to create titles for the next generation.
The recent announcement of the new model of Playstation 3 is also an oddity. Pushing a newer version of existing hardware won’t help to clear stock of the previous models as much as an outright price drop might. Sony’s desire to get more Playstation 3s into consumers hands this late in the game could also be an indicator that they’re not prepared to release their next console just yet.
With Microsoft’s follow-up to the Xbox 360 reportedly hitting snags in production, now would seem like the perfect time for Sony to step up and get the first, truly next-generation console out of the gate before their competitor.
So what’s the deal? Is Sony running into manufacturing issues as well, or have the company big wigs been scared off of new hardware developments after the excellent, yet poor selling Vita?
My money is on neither of those. What’s more likely is that the company is actually remarking on what will be a token effort to support the Playstation 3 during its successor’s lifecycle. If I had to take a guess, we’ll see the Playstation 4 announced next year during Sony’s E3 press conference with all the bells and whistles you would expect. The Playstation 3 will still be support, of course, just as the quote says. However, that support will include only a smattering of games already in development released in a slow trickle over the next three years.
The world is ready for a new slew of game consoles, and Sony is primed to take the lead once again. However, that doesn’t mean that their elder system will be abandoned completely. Not right away, anyway.