By Jared Newman | Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 9:08 am
A couple years ago, I predicted that Sony would launch a new home video game console in 2010, with Nintendo and Microsoft to follow in 2011.
Man, I was way off.
With 2011 well underway, console makers aren’t even talking about a new generation of hardware. And in an interview with PC Watch, translated by Kotaku, Sony Computer Entertainment head Kaz Hirai said the Playstation 3 is “not even at the halfway point.”
“That’s why,” he added, “we’re not deliberating on a PS4 or a next generation machine, whatever you call it.”
The idea that Sony or other companies have no immediate desire to create new hardware might seem obvious now, but it wasn’t always that way. Video game systems used to refresh like clockwork on five- or six-year cycles, and within a couple years, the last generation of consoles was long forgotten. (One notable exception: the Playstation 2, which continues to be a viable platform in its 11th year).
Here’s what has changed:
At this point, the only console maker who could really use a refresh is Nintendo, whose Wii is handily outperformed by the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3, and whose motion control now seems a bit stale. I’d make a prediction as to when we’ll see the so-called Wii HD, but would you even trust me?
(PS4 concept by Tai Chiem)