PS4 is coming, but Sony assures it's not done with PS3 yet

The head of Sony Computer Entertainment U.K. has reiterated that the company has no intention of retiring the PlayStation 3 just yet.

Sony is gearing up for the launch of its next-generation console, PlayStation 4, in holiday 2013 alongside Microsoft’s competing Xbox One. However, the seven-year-old PS3 still has plenty of life left in it, assures Sony’s Fergal Gara.

“In terms of the life of the PS3, I think it’s there for some time to come, I think it’s got an amazing line-up of games this year which is really healthy,” he told OPM.

“I also think we’ll see a different phasing of success emerge this year from PS3 versus PS4. So you know I would expect it to fade a little more quickly in the UK which is a highly networked country with a huge taste in new tech.”

Switching gears to PS4, the executive said things are looking rosy in terms of building a strong install base for the new console.

“Achieving a strong install base is always very, very important in a console’s life. And we’ll be as focused, if not more focused, on that this time versus any previous generation, in particular starting with an attractive price-point that’s going to help us on that journey. So we’re delighted we’re looking in good shape on that front”.

PS4 was announced in February during a special event in New York City, with the console itself not shown until E3 just last month.

Sony used its press conference to confirm a $399/£349 price tag for the machine as well as revealing some of the games we’ll be able to pick up at launch.

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