PS3 will outpace PS2's lifecycle, says SCEE boss
- Posted September 4th, 2009 at 16:57 EDT by Mike Harradence
- 44 Comments
Sony Europe chief Andrew House has said that the platform holder believes the PlayStation 3 will ‘significantly outpace’ its predecessor’s lifecycle at retail.
Speaking with EDGE magazine (via CVG), House asserted his belief that PS3’s vast array of functions will ensure the machine enjoys a healthy lifecycle on store shelves, while admitting the company is still unable to predict when PS2 will die out as it continues to shift units in its tenth year on the market.
“If you look at the PS2, still in some markets going very strong, especially in North America in its tenth year on the market, we still can't predict where that lifecycle will end," he said.
"I have a theory that with successive generations, and with more value added and built into the console in terms of experience - and let's not forget that the PS2 really didn't offer a tremendously robust network experience - that what you effectively do is potentially lengthen that lifecycle more and more as you get to the next iteration.”
Sony has previously said that it is committed to PS3 for the long term, believing the platform will remain in the shops for at least a decade.
- 12:04pm EDT - September 4th, 2009
well just see about that!
- 12:12pm EDT - September 4th, 2009
The PS3 has barely got into its stride yet. As hardware becomes more sophisticated it needs a longer lifecycle to justify the cost of developing it. I can see a new XBox in maybe 2 or 3 years, but I doubt that even the next Xbox would be significantly better than the PS3. I predict that the PS3 will sell at least 50% to 100% more than the 360 over its lifecycle because it will be around for 3 - 5 years after the 360 has bit the dust. Just look at PS2 Vs original XBox. Sony know what they are doing. Except when it comes to Update 3.0, put the XMB back the way it was!!
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- 12:12pm EDT - September 4th, 2009
Surely with PS3 at $299.99 sales of the PS2 will slow.
- 12:25pm EDT - September 4th, 2009
I called it!
- 12:27pm EDT - September 4th, 2009
Interesting, I have complete faith in Sony, but I've always had one query, and now seems as good a time as any to put it forward, although it's way off topic:
When the PS4 does finally come out, which is inevitable, regardless of the PS3's life cycle, what's going to happen to the Trophy support? Will Trophies/Trophy Cards carry over to the PS4, or will dedicated Trophy Addicts have to start their collection all over again. I'm not a Trophy Whore by any means, although I do enjoy collecting the various Trophies across the great titles I have, but I really don't understand how they can address this matter. Carrying Trophies over to the next generation doesn't seem right, and I don't see how they'll be able to combine last-gen games and Trophies with the next, but making dedicated gamers as myself start again from scratch with a whole new generation of games doesn't seem fair knowing that the Trophies previously acc*mulated will no longer exist, thus making them pointless, and the player in question has nothing to show for his efforts.
It's likely that no-one else is particularly bothered by this, as there are many Trophy-haters out there that are gonna crap all over my dilemma and merely complain, and I don't want to sound like a kill-joy worrying about the next generation when the current one's still in its early days because I can assure you, I'm not, but the time will inevitably come where something has to happen, so I'd be grateful if anyone can shed some light on this matter. Thank you.
Also, it sucks that PSU have banned words such as acc*mulated and circ*mstance because of a certain three consecutive letters near the middle. This really needs to be sorted out, as many times I've had the "Your comment contained X banned words" message, resulting in me skimming through my post attempting to work out what the problem is. This needs to be fixed.
- 12:34pm EDT - September 4th, 2009
I know you didn't just write a 5 page book on the PS4's trophy support.
- 12:38pm EDT - September 4th, 2009
this is good to know we are not ready for the PS4 yet lol..
but i will have a PS4 when they do launch
- 12:51pm EDT - September 4th, 2009
ah Beasley lol i hope Sony do sticl by PS3 and try to ignore Xbox, just focus on what they want
- 12:52pm EDT - September 4th, 2009
It originally started as a simple one-sentence query, but fearing it was too vague and people would simply ignore it, I decided to expand and clarify it, accidentally making it an excessively long paragraph. I have recently been writing a lot of incredibly long explanatory comments, so now nothing I say seems particularly over-written to me, at least not in comparison to what I've recently been used to...
Then, anticipating people will complain, I added an additional paragrah that'd reduce the likeliness of this occurring. Then of course, I had to read through it again and edit it because PSU had banned acc*mulated, hence the final paragraph. Sorry if I bored you, but no, I did not right a 5-page book on Trophy Support... I wrote an overly-extended sentence that, like this, seems to have become a lot more of a complex mess than it should have/was originally expected to be. Lol.
- 1:14pm EDT - September 4th, 2009
This makes total sense. The more capable you make a piece of hardware, the longer it remains viable and valuable. We may not see a successor to Blu-ray for a LONG time, and PS3 is capable of graphics and games we could only dream of just a few years ago. It's well designed, well thought out, user upgradeable and reliable. The PS4 isn't going to make the 3 seem like a PS2 in comparison, so I can easily see the PS3 lasting more than a decade.
- 1:26pm EDT - September 4th, 2009
life cycle maybe but not sales
- 1:35pm EDT - September 4th, 2009
the games are alot cheap u can built a nice library in a couple of weeks
- 1:39pm EDT - September 4th, 2009
LOL... I hope so! That means no PS4 anytime soon!
- 1:53pm EDT - September 4th, 2009
@1 - Yes we will see about that.
PS2 has outpaced the PS1. PS2 is still selling now. Strongly for a 10 year old console.
So yes, you will see. I on the other hand, expected this to happen.
The PS3 will still be selling many units well into the next gen of consoles. In fact, do not be surprised to see the PS3 competing against the next XBOX with the follow up to the PS3 coming around 18 months later than Microsoft's next machine.
- 2:14pm EDT - September 4th, 2009
translation: we're gonna keep sucking on ur money veins for another 10 years n possibly more, i just wish that all publishing companies follow in activition campcoms foot steps
- 2:29pm EDT - September 4th, 2009
..think I can trade in House's bragging rights for:
1. Semi mandatory invitation system ala WipeoutHD
2. Vidzone, movie store, demoscene, in all SCEE countries
3. Ps2 software emulation (just order the project, House. It will lengthen the lifespan of the ps2 titles for yonks)
4. Ps1 software emulation without the slow- downs
5. Ps1 titles compatible with the psp
6. ps2 titles for download.
7. Voice chat
8. Message facility that's put together with perhaps some thought.
9. "Switching interface" with the ps- button that makes sense, specially with messaging.
10. Available services - before they are advertised for.
No? Then you can shut it, House: It's not worth anything to me.
- 2:35pm EDT - September 4th, 2009
I know you didn't read what he said and know how it relates to this, did you?
- 2:58pm EDT - September 4th, 2009
Makes sense, it does more and it can be updated firmware on a constant bases.
- 3:18pm EDT - September 4th, 2009
LOL @ 5, longest ever psu comment!
Unfortunately many ps2 lovers became xbox 360s lovers, but as blu-ray revolutionizes the entertainment world and the more xboxs that keep breaking many xbox owners will quit thier xboxs and buy ps3s!!!!!!!
LOL! no 1 likes update 3.0 including me who wants the information board back!
- 4:36pm EDT - September 4th, 2009
@5 Dude, wtf?
This will permanently ban this user and delete all associated comments. This action is irreversible, are you SURE you want to do this?!