Sony’s worldwide studio boss, Shuhei Yoshida, has predicted that both Microsoft and Nintendo will launch new home consoles before Sony releases the fourth generation of the Playstation, rumored to be the Playstation 4.
Despite this statement, all three of the major platform holders are yet to make any official announcements in direct relation to a new version of their gaming hardware, which has left gamers pondering what technology the potential Playstation 4, Xbox 720, and Wii 2 may contain – and furthermore, when these new consoles are likely to be released.
When Yoshida was asked by industry magazine Develop why Sony hadn’t yet discussed the PS4 publicly, he said:
“Naturally, in my opinion, Microsoft will make the first move. Or, because Nintendo’s approach was not to upgrade much on its basic hardware – Wii doesn’t even support HD resolution – so they might be the first to move.
“Probably we should watch these companies, in my opinion. Because PS3 was later than Xbox, and is more powerful, so it has a longer lifespan.”
Microsoft may disagree with Yoshida’s prediction though, as Product director Aaron Greenberg stated earlier this year that he expected the new ‘Kinect’ product to extend the lifespan of the 360 by at least 5 years. Nintendo boss Satoru Iwata however, did concede that it was “likely” that the firm would launch a 3D home console in the “near future”.