The development of Sony’s next generation console, the PS4 may be on hold for the time being if recent rumors turn out to be correct. The rumors stem from a report issued by a Japanese website that details Sony’s cancelling of plans for a next generation console, the PS4. A translation of the report shows that Sony plans to increase the lifespan of the PS3 through updates on the software side of things.
The translation details that the PlayStation 3 has a target lifespan of 10 years, which would put us around mid life at the moment. As it is currently, the PS3 is pumping out some of the best looking games on the market even when stacking them up against PC titles which run at better specs. But for how long?
From the report, it appears that all of Sony’s focus is on the NGP where they are betting heavily that handhelds take more marketshare than ever with the release of the NGP and 3DS devices just around the corner.
Of course none of this is official, and is a rumor at the moment, though it would go hand in hand with developer sentiment. Developers like THQ have recently come out to say that they are in no rush for a next generation machine. With costs already sky high, the added costs of developing on a new platform far outweigh the benefits.