Sony is well known for supporting its older systems long after their successors arrive – after all, it only ceased production on the PlayStation 2 this time last year. However, judging by comments made by SCEJ executive Hiroshi Kawano, it may be planning a much swifter transition from the PlayStation 3 to the PlayStation 4 than is customary for the console manufacturer.
Asked by Japanese publication Famitsu how long the period of “co-existence” between the firm's two flagship formats would exist, the suit admitted that its next generation machine will become its focus when it deploys on 22nd February.
“When you think about the hardware and software separately, the PS3’s popularity is really spread out, so for the game creators to offer a new title for it comes naturally,” he said. “As for the hardware, it’ll still sell as part of bundles, so it’ll really be up to the players and their decisions. However, as for us, it’s safe to say that we’ll be strategizing with the PS4 as our main focus.”
The platform holder’s admitted in the past that Gran Turismo 6 will represent the last major exclusive that it releases on its ageing appliance, which is a stark change from the previous generation, when God of War II deployed on the PS2 long after the PS3’s release. Do you think that this is a sound strategy, or is the manufacturer making a mistake? Flaunt your business acumen in the comments section below.