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PlayStation 3 may not be around in five years time, Sony Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida has warned, despite the success the platform holder saw with PlayStation 2 long after the release of PS3.

Discussing how much life may be left in the PS3 following the arrival of PS4 next month, Yoshida told that the console would "definitely" last for another "couple of years", but remained cautious over its long-term prospects.

"With this generational transition, from PS3 to PS4, the publishers are smarter now - they're able to develop engines that support multi-generation platforms, not just multi-platform," he said. "Many games will come out this year on PS3 and PS4, and Xbox 360 and Xbox One, and PC, sometimes on Wii U as well. They're very flexible, and they'll be able to support PS3 as long as there's a market.

"We'll see. There's still a lot of price difference in terms of the hardware and the games, and PS3 has been doing great - but it's not like everyone owns a PS3 already. There's always a group of consumers who come late in the cycle, people who wait for the price to come down. We're expanding geographically as well. The demand from Latin America, for example, is really really strong for PS3.

"So we'll have a parallel strategy with PS3 and PS4, like we had between PS2 and PS3. PS3 was launched in 2006, in the sixth year of PS2, but PS2 lasted for another five years. I don't know if PS3 will last another five years - but definitely for the next couple of years, because of the price difference, the great library of games and the publisher side being able to support both."

Even though support for PS3 may be cut sooner than that of PS2 following the launch of the next console, PlayStation 3 may still have a similar overall life-cycle to Sony's previous hardware having launched in late 2006.

Assuming The Last Guardian is now a PS4 title, Sony still has two major AAA PS3-exclusives in the pipe before focussing development purely on its next-generation console, including next week's Beyond: Two Souls and this December's Gran Turismo 6.

Sony announced a price cut for PlayStation 3 in August, cutting the price of a 12GB PS3 to 199 Euros.

PlayStation 4 launches in the UK on November 29.


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Coody@ thegreatODEN

Ahh no way. The best PS3 was the 1st Slim. The phat launch system was far too big and bulky with that AWFUL Spiderman movie font. I even think the awful Superslim i was forced to have when my gorgeous 1st slim became faulty is better looking than the phat and the new one looks like a George Forman grill.
Posted 00:29 on 06 October 2013
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Coody@ RazorGecko

Yes the free access to full AAA games will continue into PS4. The one subscription covers PS3, PS Vita and now PS4 all at no extra cost to current subscribers like myself. Driveclub and Resogun are already confirmed as the free PS4 games for PS4s first month on the service and as usual we will be getting our free PS3 & Vita games aswell!

So I'm confident PS3 will still be supported on PS+ for a good few years yet. It will help to sell PS3s to PS4 newcomers cos they'll have all the free PS3 games while having PS+ on their PS4s n by then PS3 will no doubt be even cheaper.

PS+ will be the same amazing service it is right now, the ONLY difference will be that it will be required to play online multiplayer.

But PS+ pays for itself many times over so i cant see any newcomers being unhappy with the service.

Epecially if they are in EU. Region
Posted 00:24 on 06 October 2013
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The PS3 plus membership is indeed a big question... Online play will obviously be still supported, I am guessing the shop too... But I am not sure if they will be bringing new free titles each month if you got a PSN+ membership.

Maybe they will continuou Plus for a bit more...
Posted 15:54 on 04 October 2013


The 10 year life cycle would take them to 2016, which sounds about right.

I guess the bigger question is; what happens to the PS3 Playstation Plus at that point?
Posted 12:55 on 03 October 2013
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My god. I forgot just how gorgeous the PS3 Fat's were. I always liked them more than the Slim and Super Slim's
Posted 12:22 on 03 October 2013
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