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Sony: PlayStation 4 to Become Our Main Focus in Japan

Posted by Sammy Barker

Firm to turn its attention to its freshest flagship format

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.

[via famitsu.com, siliconera.com]

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User Comments (9)

Epic

#1

Epic said:

Mistake? yeah, they should never focus on one plataform/product or the others may be disregarded and even forgotten by the audience.
Don't get me wrong is really great that they've give all this all mighty support to the PS4 but its still killing the others in the process.

plutoq33

#2

plutoq33 said:

It don't mean a hill of beans to all of us that can not purchase a PS4!! They are unavailable at the normal price. The only way to get one is to fall victim of the hoarding price gougers that are selling them at inflated prices. How can Sony not keep up with demand. Sony is losing big money and customers

Bad-MuthaAdebis

#3

Bad-MuthaAdebis said:

I think considering the fact that China might be buying millions of ps3 consoles in the near future then yes, mistake.

charlesnarles

#4

charlesnarles said:

@RyoHazuki They should still support PS3 if people are still buying PSPs for crying out loud!
@plutoq33 GT6 is a great "last game" but they can't force us to be able to find/afford a PS4, duh. There's gotta be some proverb about not doing this

Manic7Muppet8

#5

Manic7Muppet8 said:

I think Sony's two biggest mistakes have been not making the PS3 backwards compatible with PS2 games (with the exception of the first wave of consoles that had limited PS2 game compatability - mine broke just out of warranty) and not making the PS4 backwards compatible with PS3 games. If Sony had made the PS4 able to play PS3 games, they would have encouraged a lot of existing PS3 players to make the upgrade to PS4, myself included.

Manic7Muppet8

#8

Manic7Muppet8 said:

@Jaz007 Fair point - for me its an issue around having only limited shelving space under my TV, plus an advantage to make the next gen console backwards compatible would be I could play my existing PS3 games collection whilst waiting for more games to release on PS4. Also, if the PS4 sharpened up the graphics on the PS3 games like the PS2 did with PSOne games, all the better. I feel backwards compatability would have attracted more people who don't have a PS3 to the PS4, as there would already be a substantial lineup of great games for the console.

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