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Sony CEO Jack Tretton: PS4 Only When Technology Exceeds PS3


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252w 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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#10 - dante489 - 252w 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doubt that!,technology is moving forward rapidly so give it one year or two and the ps3 hardware will be completely outdated, I'm guessing e3 2011/or2012 will be the year when Microsoft and sony reveal their consoles of the next generation.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 - 252w 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 - 252w 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 - 252w 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 - 252w 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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