Australian "lyfestyle technology guide" SmartHouse recently had a chance to speak with Paul Holman, Vice President of Technology at SCE Europe, who echoed Sony's previous response to analysts claiming there may not be any PlayStation 4 console and that Sony was shifting from hardware to software. "To say that there will be no PS4 because of a management change is a bit far fetched"
, Holman was cited as saying. And according to SmartHouse, he also claimed that such a console would not be released before 2010 (I'm guessing more like 2012).
It's going to be a long wait, for sure, and by that time Sony might finally lose their #1 spot in the console war. But they're going to do everything they can to stay on top of their competition from Nintendo and Microsoft. In particular, they plan to introduce a series of firmware upgrades that will give the PlayStation 3 more media centre capability, while allowing for the introduction of third party applications and hardware - "such as interactive controllers" similar to the Nintendo Wii, Holman said.
Their latest console also has a lot more in store than what it's currently showing, in terms of processing power. He also added that the PS3 Cell processor has "a heap more processing headroom than they initially anticipated and that this was resulting in the development of new gaming capabilities"
. Such "new gaming capabilites" may not be put into practice by Spring 2007, but Sony hopes to have at least 20 new games available for the console's European launch.
"The PS3 has an awful lot of processing power and we will harness this power with firmware upgrades and new features. He also admitted that the PS3 will become as much a media centre for the home as it is a gaming machine and the introduction of new capabilities such as the ability to download third party operating systems to the PS3 will see several new capabilities added to the system. We have already seen one European Linux application running on the PS3 and over the next few months we know of several others that plan to launch a product for the PS3."
He also said that in the future the PS3 could come with a keyboard and mouse that will allow for easier access to the internet as well as the use of new media centre and third party applications."
So despite Nintendo Wii's successful launch and Microsoft expanding the Xbox 360 with new features and a HD-DVD drive, Sony's PlayStation 3 may be in for a major comeback. If we're still alive by the time that happens...(N.B. Archive text, links removed)