The Playstation 3 would have a lifespan of 10 years, that’s what was promised to us a while ago by a bunch of Sony representatives, but it seems that they’re already making different plans. Vice President of Technology for Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Paul Holman is not officially announcing a Playstation 4, but he said that it would be far fetched to say that there will be no PS4 because of a management change
While we’re waiting for the Playstation 4, Holman said that Sony game developers are realizing that the PS3 has a lot more processing headroom than they initially anticipated and that this will result in the development of new gaming capabilities. A lot of this processing power will be harnessed by releasing firmware upgrades with new features which will both help developers with their development and gamers with media centre capabilities for those that are interested. You’re already able to install different operating systems on the Playstation 3 as you can read in a previous newspost and although it’s not really working that well, we’re sure that this will be improved over time.
By the time the PS3 will be launched in PAL territories like Europe and Australia, the PS3 will undergo a firmware upgrade but it’s unknown what kind of changes will be made or features added . Perhaps we’ll be able to play the downloaded PSone games on the console instead of beaming them to a PSP. He also said that at least 20 new games will be available on top of the US launch titles.
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In the ongoing DVD format war, it also gives a huge boost to Sony’s push to make the Blu-ray Disc the dominant standard for high-definition DVD players and movie titles (over rival HD-DVD), since the PS3 becomes, for now, the least expensive Blu-ray player on the market. At today’s briefing I was shown the difference between Blu Ray on the PS3 and the traditional DVD playback. The difference was dramatic with clearer and sharper images.
The Xbox 360 has a full year’s head start on the PS3 and Wii, which means it has more third-generation games available for it, and Microsoft has recently added new bells and whistles like an optional HD-DVD player and full-length movie and TV downloads in high-definition. However indications are that it is not hitting its sales targets in the USA and this could be a problem as both Sony and Nintendo roll out competitive products.
The Wii can’t match the PS3 or the Xbox 360 in terms of realistic graphics or movie playback, but it is significantly cheaper $395 in Australia. It also has its own set of innovative technologies and will appeal to families whose idea of fun does not necessarily entail eviscerating alien monsters.
You shouldn’t worry too much about the title of this article, the Playstation 3 will have a lot of good games coming out, even after the release of the Playstation 4. We’re seeing this right now with the Playstation 2 which has still quite a bunch of games coming in contrary to the Xbox which has been completely dropped by Microsoft.
Thanks to Vasu for pointing us towards this news on our forum.