I recently read an article about the PS4 release date that had the headline “Hirai suggests PS4 is more than ten years away.”
After reading the article, I discovered that he did not make any suggestions as to when the PlayStation 4 release date would be, and again it was more speculation fanning false flames of curiosity and wonder and taking the comments out of context, so it was a legitimate suggestion. “” .
The original PlayStation (PS1) became the first system to sell more than 100 million copies. However, it didn’t get to this point until AFTER the PS2 came out. In fact, it sold its 100 million copies in March 2005. This was actually 5 years AFTER the most advanced PS2 release date. The original PlayStation is only now starting to lose its value, as games are now being made for both PS2 and PS3, but not so much for the original. With the PlayStation 1 released in 1994, and still selling strong in 2005, I’d say users certainly got a good 10 years. This was what Hirai was suggesting, the PS3 will give it at least 10 years worth of value. But that certainly doesn’t mean that you will necessarily have to wait 10 years for the next system.
Hirai even followed up when asked if the PS4 would definitely not be released within 5 years and clarified his latest statement by specifying that all he meant was that Sony makes sure they take care of their customers so that their product is still good.
But, I digress, I will allow you to develop your own opinion on the interview.
It’s hard to find the entire interview on C-Net News.
Here are some excerpts.
Hirai: E3 has a history of about 10 years, 11 years, if I’m not mistaken. I think it’s grown to a point where it became such a massive show that we needed to take a look at what we were trying to accomplish with the show.
Hirai: … We see that our products have a 10-year life cycle, which we have tested with PlayStation. Therefore, the PlayStation 3 is going to be a console that will be with you again for 10 years. We’re not going to ask consumers to suddenly buy another PlayStation console five years from now and basically have their investment lost. So for all those reasons, I think at $ 599 we are offering very good value to consumers.
CNET: Are you saying there won’t be a PlayStation 4 in five years?
Hirai: Well, I think if you look at the history of how we run our console business, we always try to achieve a 10-year life cycle. I can’t speculate on when we might launch a new console after PlayStation 3. But my message is that once you become a family in the PlayStation product family, you become a member of the family. We make sure to take care of you.
When asked about the Wii vs PS3 pricing, Hirai later said the following: “Some consumers will compare features or software offerings and decide that they may want to go with a different console. You should also realize that we have a very strong one, market leading console called the PlayStation 2, which is very affordable at the moment. Consumers will also understand that if they buy a PlayStation 2 right now and make some investments in software, when they feel it is okay to move to PlayStation 3, those software titles are not going to fall by the wayside. Consumers will take that into account. I don’t think price is the only determining factor when consumers make a decision when considering their console purchase decisions. “
When you consider all of this, I think the clear message Hirai is saying is that even WITH a new system, the old system still has a lot of value because the new one will still be able to play your old games, and because the old one is still going to have new games released. for him. You don’t have a system like Sega where all of a sudden the genesis is replaced by the Sega Saturn until both fail. You don’t have the PlayStation replaced like you do with the Nintendo 64 suddenly replaced by a game cube.
If you read the entire interview, there is nothing from this content taken in context that leads you to conclude that “Hirai suggests that PS4 is more than ten years away” (or even five). That’s not to say that it won’t take around 10 years either. It’s just that Hirai assures anyone who’s interested in a PlayStation 3, that they won’t have to worry about the PS4 making their PS3 games irrelevant. This is interesting with the speculation that PS4 games will not be discs. Perhaps there is a way to transfer information digitally from PS3 to PS4. Maybe buy games on the Internet as you can now.
Assuming both interviews are true and congruent, then if Ken Kutaragi said that the PS4 will arrive in the next decade; and Hirai’s statement stated that making each Sony PlayStation last 10 years or more would only make sense if it were talking about the lifespan, rather than the number of years before the next product launches.
So there is still a chance that the PS4 will be released in the next few years, but anything that suggests that it certainly won’t be until 2016 or later just doesn’t have any real evidence to back it up.