"Still A Lot Of Unfinished Business On PS3", Though
I often wonder what the landscape of the current console war would be like if Sony hadn't launched last. Shortage of key components and developers' initial struggles with the hardware prevented Sony from matching Microsoft's - admittedly rushed - lead, and the stalled European release did not help. To their credit, Sony took it square on the chin and fought back, but they're looking to avoid such instances again with their next big console launch.
"I think we would consider it undesirable to be significantly later than the competition [with the next PlayStation]," Jim Ryan, Sony's European boss in all things Playstation told Eurogamer during a press event for Sony's other upcoming platform launch for the PS Vita. However, while Sony might have their eye on a successor to the PS3 launching in the near future, the company is by no means done with their current home console. "There's still a lot of unfinished business on PS3."
"If you look at PlayStation 2, now in excess of 150m units installed globally, a huge majority of that was done at price points of £120 or lower," he explains. He reminds us that the PS3 has only just hit the £199 mark in the UK, and Sony won't be surrendering that "considerable untapped part of the market" just yet.
However, we believe it would be in Sony's best interests to at least consider an early launch for the PS4. With the Wii U all set for release next year - although it could very well slip into early 2013 - and Microsoft ostensibly priming a next-gen successor to the Xbox 360 for a late 2012 launch, Sony cannot afford to once again show up last, hoping for the best. [Eurogamer]