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Sony will in no way forget about the PlayStation 3, despite the fact its successor the PS4 will launch later this year, Sony Computer Entertainment UK MD Fergal Gara has told VideoGamer.com.

Asked if the announcement of the PS4 will have a negative knock-on effect on future PS3 software and hardware sales, Gara said: "I suppose it's my biggest challenge this year but a great problem to have, which is in no way should we or will we say forget about PS3 because PS4 is coming. It would be inappropriate and arguably the worst year ever to be sending any signals like that because we've got great software already announced and there's even more that will be revealed as the year goes on, so it is going to be a fantastic year for PS3 just when it's at its best ever value price point.

"So we have to keep that story alive, we have to keep that relevant and we've got a new... experience I suppose is probably a better word than a new box, we've got a new concept that redefines the premium top-tier experience in video gaming.

"How the two sit alongside each other is one of the things we need to plan very well as a team because there's absolutely two stories."

PS3 will see the likes of The Last of Us and Beyond: Two Souls heading its way in the coming months, but it remains to be seen if gamers will already be looking ahead to PS4 by the time they hit stores.

Gara was also sure to bring PS Vita into the conversation, highlighting its evolution thanks to PS4.

"And of course, let's not forget the third which is PlayStation Vita, which for me got redefined last night in many, many ways. We used to use the phrase it's a PS3 in your pocket, and now it was very much illustrated last night that it's better than that, it's a PS4 in your pocket. We saw a good demo last night with Knack looking and playing very well on PS Vita, but I personally look forward to seeing how the big, big, big blockbusters are going to look and feel and play via that mechanic. It's a really exciting new feature."

PS4 will be released holiday 2013, but pricing and an exact launch date are still to be confirmed.

Source: VideoGamer.com interview at PlayStation 4 media event held in New York. Flights and accommodation provided by SCEE.

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EverTheOptimist

I can't be praised for my technical knowledge (I don't understand how a lot of things work and prefer to think of them as magic) but I agree with Endless about backwards compatibility.

For me, I'll probably wait a few months before a new console to finish up the games I really wanted to play, but then I won't look back. Those who do though, as Endless says, will surely keep the old console. There are so many games for the PS3 that, even after the PS4 has launched, 99% of people still won't have played every single game they find interesting.

If Sony stopped releasing games for the PS3 wouldn't it be much, much easier on their part too? Marketing would be a breeze without mixed messages and getting developers and publishers onto the new system would just make everything cleaner, wouldn't it?
Posted 08:23 on 25 February 2013
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Endless@ pblive

The Apple cutoff example is probably a bad one in this case because their architecture has been the same since they moved from PowerPC and since the first iPhone release making software compatibility not an issue. Hardware however is another story. I soon as new versions of their hardware come out, they use every marketing ploy in their shiny wall-garden they can to try and convince you it's the best yet. They then cease production of the old versions completely and move on.

Sony shot themselves in the foot to begin with by opting for a proprietary architecture that nothing and no-one had ever used or heard of before. It was the same story moving from PS2 to PS3, the only difference being that they added 50-100 (guessing) to the price of the PS3 to provide hardware emulation. this time round they dont have the luxury of just making it more expensive, people won't pay it.

In the long run this is the best move they could make, and people will be grateful when the following generation comes and they are in a better position to provide backwards compatibility. If they can stream PS3 games later in the same manner as onLive, great.

But right now? I dont see the issue, the people wanting to keep access to their old PS3 games are the games collectors, they will likely keep the old console anyway. I'd wager most people will trade the old for the new and move with the times. That's your average consumer imo, catering for a niche in big business is risky and costly.
Posted 06:11 on 25 February 2013
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reynoldio

I was just thinking about one of the points that is almost in this article yesterday - "the two sit alongside each other" needs to be literally true! Especially if the controllers are backwards compatible, then you can use either box and not stress about your PS3 library dying. I doubt the boxes will tessellate though, Sony seem to like the curves.
Posted 08:48 on 23 February 2013
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p0rtalthinker@ Karlius

I know about PC hardware, but have no clue about the innards of a PS3 ^_^

Good to see that they aren't abandoning support immediately. I actually know some people who are JUST now getting a PS3. I bet more will if a price drop will happen.
Posted 02:07 on 23 February 2013
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Karlius

Ahh this thread has regained my confidence in forumites. People talking about PC architecture and seemingly understanding it! Have been feeling a bit dumbfounded by some of the comments on the site. Well done MJTH and Endless YOU GET IT!!
Posted 22:31 on 22 February 2013
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pblive@ Endless

When did apple stop supporting old hardware in more than just updates? Just like Google and Android device makers stop supporting newer versions of Android on their devices. Developers can make games for every iPhone and old Macs are supported in the same way as old PCs.

They stop making them after three generations, which would be like Sony still making PS2s today.
Posted 21:56 on 22 February 2013
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Endless

So apparently Apple are the only ones with enough balls to cut off their older products in favour of pushing everyone to the new ones. Either that or a) they're the only ones with customers stupid/fickle/addicted to feeling popular enough to keep buying or b) it is accepted that Apple are bastards but people have too much vested in their cloud services.

Personally I couldn't give a monkey's if they stopped developing for the older systems the day the new one came out. The digital purchases are a bit of a kicker though as they cannot be sold on. One would hope that given they are attached to your PSN/Live account and that identity will transfer over that once whatever solution for streaming is enabled digital purchases would either come with some form of credit against the new version or make it totally free.

MS are in a better position here because the 360 is already an x86 architecture they may not even need to stream them, they might just port over. But chances are I will sell virtually every game on current gen to afford the new one. I dont have any feelings of nostalgia that I need to keep alive like with the PS2/PS1.
Posted 21:02 on 22 February 2013
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CharleSketch

The words "We really would like it if you buy a PS Vita" from your abridged version of the PS4 announcement kept resounding in my head while reading that last paragraph.
Posted 19:23 on 22 February 2013
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Virtual_Reality@ jeffyboy40

Because the Architecture from the PS3 which is using the Cell is very different to the PS4 Architecture, which is now using a X86-64 CPU.

This means, Sony have to do a lot of R&D, to use more resources and this will make the console more expensive.
Posted 19:17 on 22 February 2013
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Neon-Soldier32

I feel Beyond's been underplayed a bit. I mean, they should be selling it to us I mean, I don't even know when it's out.
Posted 18:24 on 22 February 2013
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MJTH@ jeffyboy40

Since the PS3 had a very distinct architecture, with the cell processor, in order to allow for backward compatibility, a cell processor (and probably some other bits of PS3 tat) would have to be built into the PS4 as well, which would increase the price substantially.

The last thing Sony wants is to make an expensive console again after the launch of the PS3. Sure launch fat PS3's could play PS1 and 2 games, but the amount of technology stuck in that shell, including a Blu-ray player, made it crazily over priced. Sony is just trying to not have to deal with that kind of situation again. So they offer this streaming system, which won't offer actual backwards compatibility, but is an answer to that keeps the costs low.
Posted 18:16 on 22 February 2013
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Wido@ rbevanx

God of War Ascension too.
Posted 18:03 on 22 February 2013
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jeffyboy40

Why cant they just enable backwards compatability for PS3 on PS4,bugger this gakai malarkey!
Posted 18:02 on 22 February 2013
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rbevanx

I think there is still Beyond: Two Souls and The Last of Us so I think we are still OK all round :)
Posted 16:04 on 22 February 2013
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mikey126

yeah we wont forget about you....except for the whole having to re-buy all your ps3 games on gakai(assuming all of them are even available and you have the internet speed and bandwith limits required to do such a thing)coughcoughcough...but yes we love our ps3 customers very much :)
Posted 15:49 on 22 February 2013