Yoshida: Sony to Support PS4 for 10 Years - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 12 June 2013 / 4,353 Views

Shuhei Yoshida spoke with CVG and wants the lifespan of the PlayStation 4 to be as long as the companies other consoles. The 8GB of RAM is not required in todays games, but he says in the future it is good to have the flexibility for game content to expand and to add system features.

"In the middle of PS3 we really hit the limit with what we could do on the system side," said Yoshida. "We wanted to add the cross-game voice chat that many people asked us about, but we had no room in the system memory at all to add it."

"So the PS4's enlarged, very fast memory allows us in the future to improve and add more new features," Yoshida continued. "And at the same time we are continuing to invest and add onto the online services so that, three years from now, the PS4 will be much, much better than PS4 this holiday - and that was the case on PS3 and PS Vita."

Yoshida also talked about the price point of the PlayStation 4. He stated that Sony has learned not to overprice its console like it did with the PlayStation 3. The PS4 is launching at $399, while the PS3 launched at $599.

"Designing PS4 was all about learning lessons from PS3; the system architecture, ease of development, network services... and the cost of the system is a big part of it," he said.

"We always wanted to hit $399 and we designed the system and carefully chose out of all the potential inclusions of the core hardware components and we made a system that we could sell for $399," he later added. "So we just did what we aimed to do and we were hoping that people would like it. I was very surprised about the announcement yesterday by some other company … In a good way."

The PlayStation 4 is slated to be released this holiday season.

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Michael-5 (on 12 June 2013)

Well, you made a swell console, and judging from your history, I know you will honor your word and support the PS4 for 10 years. Heck PS3 is 7 years old and it's got the best lineup of games for all consoles for the year (Maybe Wii U is better, but it's arguable). I would not be surprised to see a Sony PS3 game next year, and owning a PS3 today still feels amazing. I bet PS4 will be just as awesome.

papamudd (on 13 June 2013)

Honestly, I wouldn't be surprised if some next gen consoles were announced in 5 years at E3. Technology is growing so rapidly that another company could potentially make a gaming system with better specs in 3 years for a cheaper entry point and better overall consumer policies and benefits.

Nadwki (on 13 June 2013)

Good news but not surprised, the PS3 is still going strong after all this time.

Araknie (on 13 June 2013)

They said PS3 was gonna last until 2016.

paulrage2 (on 12 June 2013)

I miss so much the Cross Game Voice Chat on PS3 in this gen. Now with PS4 the wait is over.

SnowPrince (on 12 June 2013)

Yes that is true, but at the same time let down the Vita.. Same thing happened with PSP.

Michael-5 (on 12 June 2013)

PSP at least got some great 3rd party support. Vita really needs some first party support, otherwise all the big Japanese devs will just go Nintendo.

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DamnTastic (on 12 June 2013)

I remember that they said cross-chat wouldn't be possible. I was so dissapointed :( I had to play MP in order to speak with my friends :L I hope they add it now.

Podings (on 12 June 2013)

Not suprising.They said the same thing about PS3, and now that it's finally earning them money, they can keep it alive. Just like they did with the PS2, which received games into it's 10th year on the market as well.

capitanvideo (on 12 June 2013)

Excellent! I will celebrate 50 years eheh