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PlayStation 4 Is Not the PS3's Successor, It's an 'Addition to the Family'

Posted by Sammy Barker

Oh, alright then

You shouldn’t think of the PlayStation 4 as a replacement for the PlayStation 3, but more as an adopted child that’s better than its sibling in every possible way. Chatting with the Gulf Times, Sony’s Middle East general manager Robert Fisser explained that rather than displace its predecessor, the next generation console will instead sit alongside it.

“PS4, an addition to the PlayStation family, like the PlayStation Portable and the PlayStation Vita, will offer a completely new gaming experience,” he said, adding that the console will redefine gameplay “with powerful graphics and speed, intelligent personalisation, deeply integrated social capabilities, and innovative second-screen features”.

The insinuation that the PS4 will not fully replace its forbearer worries us a little. We appreciate that there’s still plenty of life left in the PS3 as a budget console, but if Sony’s going to continue to release high-profile titles like Gran Turismo 6 on its current generation platform, then it could find itself in hot water.

How do you think that Sony should support the PS3 beyond the PS4's launch? Let us know in the comments section below.


User Comments (19)



Epic said:

Sony should let 3rd party to support their console most of their games come from them anyway and focus all their attention on their new console PS4. Sony can't afford another fail launch.



Splat said:

I hope they support the PS3 for as long as possible. I think there is going to be alot of new PS3 gamers when the PS4 comes out and the PS3 and games drop in price.

Not to mention people that plan on sticking with the PS3 and waiting for awhile to get a PS4 like myself .



FullbringIchigo said:

of course they should support the PS3 after the PS4 has been released they did it with the PS2 and it caused no problems

it also lets people like me continue to play games while we wait for the PS4 game library to grow before we buy it

and as the PS4 can not play PS3 games due to the change in architecture it also makes sense from a business standpoint as it s means they will still be making money on the PS3 content sold



davitpr said:

I think the best and most important way to support the PS3 is to cut the price as low as they can, even if thay means not making any more new games for it. The PS3 has enough games already and they should stop putting resources into it after this year. The PS3 should be $149 now and with games like Last of Us and Beyond coming out this year everyone should be happy. There's a lot of ps3 games that I still want to play and by not releasing any more games on the PS3 people can be allowed to focus their money and efforts on games that are already out there but haven't sold much (God of War Ascension).

By all means, I want Sony to keep making the PS3 for years to come but I think if they focus all their supporting efforts on making all the software better and adding remote play capabilities to more games they will have a winner.



charlesnarles said:

Yeah didn't they make a PS2 version of The Force Unlesshed, for example? They're not gonna stop selling the current gen, it'd sink them



WCamicase said:

I think you guys might be overreacting, if Sony starts focusing only on PS4 it might be a problem as well, they should support both in the first 2 years I would say.
If they forget about the PS3 and the PS4 doesn't sell that well in the first year they might even lose more than what they could gain, at least the PS3 has established



UNC5052 said:

Note that this is the manager of the Middle East, Africa, India, and Turkey. Those are regions where even the PS2 is still selling well, so it likely mainly applies to those regions. The PS3 will likely have longer legs in those regions, therefore they will want to keep support. I think that nearly all of Sony's support will be going forward with the PS4 within a few years.



rjejr said:

Sammy, you have the wrong idea of family.

PS3 is your loving wife of many years who you'll never leave and spend most of your time with.
PS4 is your hot new young mistress who you'll only spend a couple of hours a weak with for s great time.



MadchesterManc said:

Of course Sony will continue to support the PS3 n so they should. It still has life in the old box. I remember when M$ killed the original Xbox when the 360 launched n left a bitter taste in my mouth as it still had some life in it. Console manufacturers should support a console for about 2 years as it could alienate gamers who are keeping hold of thier current console while they wait to move on.



hYdeks said:

Sony always supports its older system for a few years after, so why change now? It's a successor, Sony just wants you to think there doing things different with the PS4.



Ginkgo said:

It sounds to me like just some stupid thing some guy said. It's not like it came out of the mouth of Kazuo Hirai.

That being said Sony only stopped making the PS2 in Jan this year! So the PS3 will continue to be around during the PS4's era like the PS2 was for it.



Lionhart said:

This is a relief although Sony has always supported past generation hardware unlike Microsoft and Nintendo who typically abandon their past hardware. Sony supported the PS2 throughout the PS3's run and now the PS3 will be supported in the wake of the PS4's arrival and that is only a good thing. I, myself and many others plan on buying and mainstaying with the PS3 until the PS4 has become established and develops a strong library. Our family is going to buy a PS3 at this year's Black Friday if it doesn't get a price drop this summer. It's also a blessing for them to keep the PS3 under support because the PS4 isn't backwards compatible with the PS3 software. @davitpr, nope, I disagree. I've always hated how Microsoft and Nintendo stop making software for past systems and I give Sony a high five for making software for the PS2 even after the PS3 came out. I hope Sony will CONTINUE to manufacture and license software for the PS3 even four after the PS4 has been out.



Valky said:

Im a later adopter of the PS3 since I had no time and money to buy a game console with so many interesting games. I had to wait untill there was no need to save money for the university fees. With that said, I will keep playing with my new and long awaited PS3 for as much as I can.

Knowing that the PS4 won't have legacy support hurted me the most, they clearly want to make the PS3 a profitable side console, I agree they want to prolongue it's life to bring in as much cash as possible, that's ok, I just hope they won't stop PSN support untill very late, it will happen sooner or later, and my games won't work without PSN



Ristar42 said:

As I just got a PS3 at Christmas, sounds good to me. Nintendo dropping Wii support so fast was disappointing, as I’m in no rush to buy ‘next gen’ consoles.

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