The PlayStation 4 might be here, but that doesn't mean the PlayStation 3 is dead in the water.
As PlayStation software product development boss Scott Rohde told GamesIndustry.biz , Sony won't be abandoning the previous-generation console any time soon:
"People are still buying PS3s. All the different parts of the world just adopt new technology at different rates. We don't know how long the PS3 tail will last. We don't know how it will be compared to the PS2. The PS2 lasted very deep into the PS3 cycle. There was a broad price difference between PS3 launch and PS2 end of life. We don't know where all this is going to go, but we will continue to support the PS3 through first- and third-parties as long as there is a good business there for us."
Yes, the PS2 did indeed last a long time with the PS3 on store shelves. However, price was a big stumbling block out of the gate for the latter system, and the PS2 was the most popular gaming console ever made. At last check, the PS3 sits at about 83 million sold worldwide; how much higher can it go?
For comparison purposes, the PS2 ended up selling around 165 million globally. It's unlikely that record will ever be broken.