Sony’s Kaz Hirai has debunked the rumor that recently emanated from MCV by stating in no uncertain terms that the PlayStation 4 will not be shown at E3 2012. Hirai-san again referenced his company’s desire for the PS3 to have a 10 year life cycle when speaking at a round-table during the Consumer Electronics Show happening now in Las Vegas, reports the Wall Street Journal.
Hirai spoke up in regards to something that Andy House, head of the electronic corporation’s gaming department, had mentioned implying that the PS3’s successor would not be shown in any form at the big June trade show.
“Andy is absolutely right in that we are not making any announcements at E3,” he said. “I’ve always said a 10-year life cycle for PS3, and there is no reason to go away from that.”
MCV’s rumor is now dead and buried before it could ever pick up any real momentum, because it doesn’t get any more concrete than that, folks. And yet, MTB still isn’t completely convinced that gamers will be sitting around until 2016 (10 years after the PS3 launch) waiting for the next generation platform to release. Keep in mind that Sony made the exact same assertions about its PlayStation 2, which hit its tenth anniversary in 2010 – four years after the PlayStation 3 launched.
In addition, Sony of Europe came out late last year and said that it would be “undesirable” for their competition to beat them to the market by any significant amount of time. We already know that the Wii U is going to hit this year, probably in the fall. Meanwhile, most pundits are expecting Microsoft to make a teaser announcement of the next Xbox at E3. The stage is now set for Sony’s competitors to own the limelight at the convention, but gamers will have to wait until June to see if that comes to pass or not.
[Sources: Wall Street Journal and IGN]