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Sony CEO Jack Tretton: PS4 Only When Technology Exceeds PS3


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238w 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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Reaper2122's Avatar
#15 - Reaper2122 - 238w ago
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

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#14 - dante489 - 238w ago

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?

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#13 - Neo Cyrus - 238w ago
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?

hagisbasheruk's Avatar
#12 - hagisbasheruk - 238w ago
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

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#11 - CJPC - 238w ago
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!

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