Sony has reiterated their intention for the PlayStation 3: ten years or more.
And although many rumors have been circulating concerning Sony's next piece of hardware, SCEA president Jack Tretton says gamers shouldn't hold their breath for the PS4. Tretton spoke to Forbes about a variety of topics, including the recently revealed PlayStation Vita, and said the PS3 is "really just hitting its stride."
"And technologically, I don't think it's possible to provide any advancement beyond what we have. What we've seen from the competition is trying to add features that already exist in PlayStation 3. We invested heavily in that, we rolled a very heavy rock up a steep hill, through the launch period. But now I think that all pays off, and we've got a long run way behind it. So, I wouldn't look for any discussion of a next-generation PlayStation for quite some time."
As far as most gamers are concerned, that's just fine. The PS3 has a long way to go and developers agree that right now, the machine is hitting its stride. Many also believe it's the only current platform left that has more potential; i.e., we haven't seen the best the PS3 has to offer just yet. Obviously, the announcement of the Wii U and the rumblings of a new Xbox haven't forced Sony's hand; no jumping the gun concerning the PS4.