Is the PlayStation 3 nearing the end?
No way, says Sony deputy president Kaz Hirai. After talking about the recent PlayStation Network calamity, Hirai told Guardian.co.uk that Sony is sticking by their 10-year model. He also gave no indication as to when the next piece of hardware might arrive, primarily because he believes we don't need it any time soon. Said Hirai:
"One of the things that we always talked about is the 10-year life cycle. When we launched the PS3 back in 2006, one of the questions I kept getting asked was why we were putting so much technology into a piece of equipment that was basically a games console. At the time, I said we were looking at a 10-year life cycle. We wanted to make sure we could adapt as new technology was brought on board. A lot of people at the time said that while it all sounded great, they didn't believe it."
Hirai went on to say the PS3 "has grown with the times" and in fact, "there's still a lot of headroom left." And when all is said and done, he adds that while you'll hear many things about the PS3, the one thing you won't hear is, "it's slipping behind the times." Hey, like we've been saying, we're good with the PS3 for at least a few more years.