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Sony's Ideal Future Playstation Tech Is "Five Years Away"

Felix Kemp
Next Generation, Playstation, Playstation 4, Sony Computer Entertainment

Sony's Ideal Future Playstation Tech Is "Five Years Away"

Looking For As Close To "Perfect Technologies" As Possible

For the last few weeks, the internet has been abuzz with chatter that an announcement from both Sony and Microsoft regarding the next-generation successor to their current home consoles is imminent at this year's E3 showcase event. It's all up in the air until the event itself, of course, but we've had a few niggling doubts ourselves, especially in regards to Sony, who've been very vocal in their admission that the PS3 is a ten year console. And in an interview with E&T, Maasaki Tsuruta, CTO of Sony's Computer Entertainment division, admitted their goals for future Playstation tech were still "five years away".

"You have to look at the current solutions and the current technologies and see how long you can extend those for the expected life of the product," Tsuruta explained, in regards to how Sony plans on executing future Playstation technology and ensuring its market dominance. "You always want ‘perfect’ technologies, but there are none. So, you look at what is available, and try to get as close as possible to that goal. Even then, some of the things that we want are still five years away [from development].”

Now, if Sony truly is planning on revealing the Playstation 4 at E3 2012, you'd assume that by conventional standards, they'd release it within a year or so of said announcement, namely late 2013 or early 2014. However, if Tsuruta believes their ideal technological solutions for the next Playstation console are five years away, whatever hypothetical console Sony might announce at E3 is still three years away from this technological standard.

Sony appears more interested in leveraging the PS3's share in the current console market, in particular its as-yet-untapped Cell processor, which only now developers are beginning to truly understand. "It took five years before we saw games that used the full power of Cell, so we are used to looking ahead and having capacity," he explained.

Tsuruta did drop some interesting tidbits regarding future Playstation tech, in particular the idea of digital distribution. "A typical PlayStation console game is 50GByte – transferring those kinds of size over most of today’s [public IP] networks won’t work," he conceded. He also confirmed Sony's stance on hardcore gaming, with Tsuruta revealing "wee think that the core games will continue to be the most important". Interesting stuff, be sure to give us your side on this in the comments section below. [E&T]

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gunnx  Jan. 11, 2012 at 16:29

Would they maybe decide to gamble and not try to release hardware within the same time as MS and Nintendo.
Is it possible that developers might consider the PS3 a "cheaper" or "easier" solution for games rather than learn a new system. ??

crapola  Jan. 11, 2012 at 18:20

what poorly written tosh you've got "as-yet-untapped Cell processor"

then "It took five years before we saw games that used the full power of Cell"

they kinda conflict you amateur

and also the ten year lifespan sony mention does not mean there cant be an overlap like with the playstation 2 has had while the ps3 was available

sparx1981  Jan. 11, 2012 at 18:33

To boost graphic capabilities any hardware vendor needs a better quality display. Hdtvs just aren't detailed enough now. Look at pc gaming. Many games already use three time this resolution. so seeing as ultra hdtvs are only just being shown at vest this year. And Microsoft has kinect to push. and Sony has the cell processor and won't want to rush into another failure... I think they'll anounce something next year... Not this one.

sparx1981  Jan. 11, 2012 at 18:36

Also Microsoft did want bluray as they believed a bigger market was online distribution... This year is the first major push on this.... the first year.... Why release new tech???? A system update brings new features. And people are already gaming at 1080p.... What more can they release just now?

sparx1981  Jan. 11, 2012 at 18:39

Final part of my rant... Even if games on a new platform where direct x 11 equivilent would a new launch look that much different to its DirectX 9 or 10 equivilent? Arkham city on pc has both and looks very similar. Yes 11 is a bit nicer, but hardly enough to wow people into a big hardware spend for a console.

DrTrouserPlank  Jan. 11, 2012 at 19:36

It's not that the technology they are looking to include in the PS4 doesn't exist. Indeed it's probably on the market already for PC's. The issue they have is waiting for that generation of GPU to be affordable enough to meet their requirements in terms of the desired price-point of their next machine. Remember that any console (CELL or no cell) is a fairly antiquated piece of kit. The standardised hardware however allows for maximum optimisation of the software because you aren't catering to various hardware configurations. Granted this has become less true with the differing hardware/approaches of Sony and MS.

I'm getting a bit tired of people insisting, hoping and almost demanding that a new generation of consoles is announced; hopefully with the intention of being released in the next 18 months. It's going to ultimately cost us all because our current gen will have it's support cut dramatically once the next gen is out. There will of course be an overlap with this and the next gen, and that's where this 5 years comes from I think. The next gen will be out within five years, and I'd anticipate mainstream support for the PS3 and xbox for the first 1 to 2 years; after that I think the consoles will be rendered obsolete and developers won't code for them.

We don't need new hardware to play Killing Simulator 5. Indeed the increasing control that companies are trying to exert over their games with increasingly more release content held back as DLC means that the next gen is going to go down a forced subscription route. Not forced in the sense that things won't work without a subscription, just forced in the sense that the experience will be so compromised that you'll have little choice but to sign up.

FelixKemp  Jan. 11, 2012 at 22:56

what poorly written tosh you've got "as-yet-untapped Cell processor"

then "It took five years before we saw games that used the full power of Cell"

they kinda conflict you amateur

and also the ten year lifespan sony mention does not mean there cant be an overlap like with the playstation 2 has had while the ps3 was available

Maybe if you actually read the article properly and could distinguish between my writing and that of Sony's highlighted by the use of quotation marks. That might help you feel a little better. All the best

nobanhippy  Jan. 12, 2012 at 11:06

I can distinguish and sonys word is worth a hell of a lot more than the word of an amateur speaking on which he knows little about.

how can you claim the cell is untapped while it is blatantly obvious the hardware is severely holding backboth improved graphics and physics on the ps3.

DemonTourist  Mar. 23, 2012 at 21:43

Hey crapola ... Felix Kemp just owned you .. tell me and please dont hold back .. how did that feel for you ?

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