PS3’s full power won’t manifest for years, says Hirai

According to Sony Computer Entertainment President Kazuo Hirai, the PlayStation 3 has not been pushed to its fullest capability yet.

In an interview with the Official PlayStation Magazine, Hirai pointed out that it would take years until the PS3 reaches its maximum potential. "The power that we’ve packed into PS3 will really manifest itself in software titles that come up four, five or six years down the line", said Hirai.

Hirai later went on to remind people of past consoles from the company that have been scrutinized in their difficulty to develop for. "If you look back at the commentary we received when we launched PS2, there was a lot of talk to the effect that ‘It’s very difficult to program for’ and ‘It’s easier on a Dreamcast’. It’s happened before," he said.

"If they came back and told me, ‘PS3? We can do this in a heartbeat,’ that would be worrying because what it is telling me is that we’re not pushing the envelope from a technology standpoint."

Indeed, Hirai’s comments echo that of a number of third party companies, who in recent months also highlighted the fact developers would need at least a few years to utilize the console to its full potential. This goes to show that the PS3 is a long-term machine and not something that will be out placed two-three years from now, backed up by Sony’s earlier claims that the machine will spend at least ten years on the market.