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Sony execs say PS3 will not be abandoned after PS4 launch

6/27/13 4:10pm

Sony executives have made it clear that the Playstation 4's launch this year will not mark an immediate shift from PS3 to PS4.

Sony Japan president Hiroshi Kawano and Sony Worldwide's Shuhei Yoshida explained that sales for the Playstation 3 are still constant and games are still in development for the console.

“It's been seven years since the release of the PS3 and the console continues to sell at a constant pace, plus we have many upcoming titles,” Kawano said. “We have no intention of immediately shifting from the PS3 to the PS4.”

This is great news for those who can't be an early adopter for Playstation 4. The latest console from Sony will sell for $399, but not everyone will be able to pay out for a PS4 just yet. This price is significantly lower than the Playstation 3's opening price seven years ago, but, at the time, global recession was hardly a reality.

Continual support for previous generation hardware is not a new practice for Sony. The Playstation 2 continued to thrive in the market for years into this generation of consoles. The company continued to stress that PS2 wouldn't be forgotten in the console generation shuffle when God of War II was released for PS2 instead of PS3.

Kawano believes that the introduction of cloud service to PS4 in 2014 may convince some customers to ditch their old hardware and go entirely PS4, but he describes this possibility as a gradual process.

With the 2014 launch of our cloud service in the US allowing users to play PS3 games on the PS4, some people may switch consoles from the PS3 to the PS4. But that'll be a gradual process,” he said. ”[...]to say 'we're releasing a new console, so trade in your old ones for it' would be a maker's ego talking, plain and simple.”

No official release date has been given for the PS4, but pre-orders are currently being taken for the new console.

What's your take, g1s? Will the two be able to co-exist like PS2 and PS3 did? Do you believe that Sony will release a killer app to keep customers interested in PS3? Discuss below.

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