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Sony CEO Jack Tretton: PS4 Only When Technology Exceeds PS3


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256w ago - During a recent 'Year of the PlayStation 3' interview with [Register or Login to view links], Sony's CEO Jack Tretton stated that PS4 will only come when technology exceeds the PS3.

To quote: What of the successor to the PlayStation 3, the PS4?

Jack Tretton doesn't seem to know, telling Fast Company that he "can't even imagine what can be done technically beyond the PlayStation 3 in the near future."

Tretton continued to reiterate the same "ten year" message - the proposed shelf life of the PS3 - that the Sony team has followed since even before the launch of the system. With 2010 marking the fourth year of the PS3's life cycle, it seems increasingly likely that Sony will stick to that goal.

Of course, that's not to say the "PS4" won't ever be realized. We'll see the PS4 "when somebody can craft the technology that exceeds what we're able to do on the PS3," Tretton offered, adding "we are still just starting to harness [the PS3].

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#15 - Reaper2122 - 256w ago
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something ive noticed is that people are complaining that the company has to make it better when if people are complaining some much shouldnt the people just do it and the ps4 will probably have much more power then the ps3 yet technology will be at a standstill for now since its much too rapid and graphics can only get to REAL-LIFE and when that happens we have reached the limit SO what im saying is if newer consoles ever come out then a lot of change would happen at that time and hopefully it will have full b/c then again it would be near 1000$ for the package and there will keep it at a normal laptop size harddrive if it was desktop then too much space in my opinion heh

#14 - dante489 - 256w ago
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Quote Originally Posted by CJPC View Post

There are most likely plans already on the table for the next Sony platform (for the love of god, don't make another PSP). As another poster said, it really is all about the graphics - CPU's have sadly "topped out", sure, you can cram in more cores, but unless you do it right (Xbox 360) you end up with something ala a Sega Saturn, which was hard to code for (PS3 anyone?)

don't you think that the hardware industry is head of the software one? there is nothing wrong with newer technology, those developers are being lazy for sticking up with the old tech, i mean we all know that in these days to improve a cpu u need to add more cores, coz the current generation is using cpus run at 3.2ghz clock i cant see an improvement in the clock speed it's already good enough, i just don't understand why does it take so long for developers to understand a console and get the best out of it?

#13 - Neo Cyrus - 256w ago
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Quote Originally Posted by inginear View Post
as it has been stated, the ps3 doesn't need a dedicated gpu. the cell is more than capable enough to do all the graphic processing as well as the collision detection and core mechanic processing. the gpu was added to make it easier for developers to "migrate" to the new cpu architecture as programming for the cell is a lot different than programming for the "standard" x86 architecture chips that are in most computers. hell, even uncharted 2 only uses the rsx for physics calculations, all the graphic processing is done on/by the cell.

Really? That sounds like absolute nonsense to me, if it's true then the hardware developers at Sony are even stupider than I thought and that would explain why a lot of games lag badly. Do you have a valid source or is what you say based on some rumour you heard?

#12 - hagisbasheruk - 256w ago
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Intel's Tera-scale 80 core CPU doing 1Teraflop/s @65W in 2007 said it would be market ready in five years,anyone hear any updates on that beast

#11 - CJPC - 256w ago
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Well, just as a bit of a "history lesson" I suppose - the PS2 was released back in 99. Come 2004 the CELL was already being developed, and released in 2006 with the good ole PS3. That's 5 years between release -> development, and that would be for a whole new chip.

There are most likely plans already on the table for the next Sony platform (for the love of god, don't make another PSP). As another poster said, it really is all about the graphics - CPU's have sadly "topped out", sure, you can cram in more cores, but unless you do it right (Xbox 360) you end up with something ala a Sega Saturn, which was hard to code for (PS3 anyone?)

Of course, when the PS3 came out, having a modified Nvidia 7xxx series chipset was not half bad, but now - forget about it. Better that they at least put that in, vs trying to use the CELL!

#10 - dante489 - 256w ago
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Quote Originally Posted by foresttree1 View Post
I am just glad to hear that they aren't going to phase the ps3 out for at least the next 4-5 years. It would be a disappointment as i just only got my ps3 for slight over 6 month and would definitely not want to start worry about a ps4.

i highly doubt that!,technology is moving forward rapidly so give it one year or two and the ps3 hardware will be completely outdated, I'm guessing e3 2011/or2012 will be the year when Microsoft and sony reveal their consoles of the next generation.
right now they will keep on saying there wouldn't be a ps4 in the near future just to encourage you to buy their console of the current generation.

looking back at the history of the PlayStation brand, you can easily notice that it takes only 6 years to move on to the next-gen.

#9 - foresttree1 - 256w ago
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I am just glad to hear that they aren't going to phase the ps3 out for at least the next 4-5 years. It would be a disappointment as i just only got my ps3 for slight over 6 month and would definitely not want to start worry about a ps4.

#8 - inginear - 256w ago
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as it has been stated, the ps3 doesn't need a dedicated gpu. the cell is more than capable enough to do all the graphic processing as well as the collision detection and core mechanic processing. the gpu was added to make it easier for developers to "migrate" to the new cpu architecture as programming for the cell is a lot different than programming for the "standard" x86 architecture chips that are in most computers. hell, even uncharted 2 only uses the rsx for physics calculations, all the graphic processing is done on/by the cell.

i am all for pushing the technology envelope and seeing how far we can go. however, bumping up the picture quality with a geforce gtx 999 with 4tb of ram (fictitious obviously) is not really pushing the envelope. all that does is make things look "prettier." the cell was ahead of it's time when it was released, and using the same processor in the ps4 would not push any envelopes. i for one would like to see real life physics applied to every single object in a game.

for instance, if you shoot a rocket launcher at a building i would like to see every single brick react based on the forces directly affecting them. so every time you shoot it with a rocket launcher the bricks would react in a slightly different way because your position would change, if ever so slightly, and that would cause the forces on the bricks to change as well. we are starting to see more real physics in games, however at this point they only apply to certain parts/aspects of the game.

red dead redemption is a game coming out that uses almost real bullet physics to make you opponents react based on where they are hit. unlike most other shooting games like mw2 where you can kill someone by shooting them in the toe. i want to see events and actions that are not scripted and not "pre-animated," rather i would like to see everyone have a different experience when they play the same game because all the game objects/elements would react based on how/where/when the player affected them.

i have also read in a few places where sony is working on a different kind of processor for the next game system. a processor that will be a hybrid of the cell we now know and "traditional" multicore processors. they want to lower the learning curve so it won't take developers as long to produce aaa masterpieces.

one more thing, the ps4 better support ps1, ps2, and ps3 discs or it won't be a definite buy for me. the b/c is one of the main features that attracted me to the ps3 and away from the 360.

#7 - gravesg - 256w ago
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Quote Originally Posted by Neo Cyrus View Post
That guy is a comedian, he says that as if we don't know the PS3's hardware is completely obsolete compared to any modern hardware and has been for years. It has essentially a GeForce 7800 GTX and a 3GHz Cell. That makes the GPU alone 4 generations old as of march.

ROFLMAO... brilliant .. just brilliant.

man jack must think we're new to this... typical CEO, tho hes doing his job right, right ??

#6 - Neo Cyrus - 256w ago
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That guy is a comedian, he says that as if we don't know the PS3's hardware is completely obsolete compared to any modern hardware and has been for years. It has essentially a GeForce 7800 GTX and a 3GHz Cell. That makes the GPU alone 4 generations old as of march.

 

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