We're not buying it but maybe others will.

According to an inside source talking about a "high-level meeting at Sony," the next PlayStation machine will be on store shelves in exactly 18 months.

Supposedly, the source "isn't a neophyte, an outsider, a gossip, a fake, or a show-off," and remains convinced that what he heard is accurate, and the PS4 will be ready to go in a year and a half. But as many are saying, there are problems with that expectation: firstly, 18 months puts the launch date in late February or early March of 2013. …that's a retarded date for the launch of a new piece of hardware; this isn't the PS2 generation, where Japan got the system many months in advance and it launched in October for the US.

Secondly, Sony has made it clear that they have no intention of even thinking about a new PlayStation any time soon. Developers, analysts, journalists, and gamers alike are happy with the PS3 for now, and Sony only recently started to turn a profit on the system. Thirdly, we're not hearing about any huge leap in technology that would indicate a new, more powerful platform. Therefore, perhaps what the source heard was in reference to a new type of PlayStation…maybe a machine that's all digital for the new-age gamers, but isn't necessarily more powerful.

Either way, until we have even a sliver of information that supports this 18-month theory, we're going to take it with a very small grain of salt.

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Underdog15
Underdog15
9 years ago

Hey everyone! I'm an insider, and have I got a rumor for you!

Wow… that -IS- easy to pretend I've got all the juicy bits!

As Ben said… taken with a grain of salt.

Cesar_ser_4
Cesar_ser_4
9 years ago

so what's the rumor?

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

but I think that should read "a very large grain of salt".

TheAgingHipster
TheAgingHipster
9 years ago

But, a year and a half is a long time. Maybe Sony's just thinking ahead, and that large grain of salt has a sliver of sugary truth to it?

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

exactly, Sony wouldn't pick an arbitrary date this far ahead for something this big. Even if they made this an estimated date, it could still be off by a year based on so many considerations.

Ignitus
Ignitus
9 years ago

March 2013 sounds crazy till you consider the fact that maybe SONY really wants a head start on the xbox next.

With rumors stating the xbox next launching in fall 2013 a PS4 launching in march (6 months before) of the same year doesn't sound that crazy after all.

Zemus101
Zemus101
9 years ago

That indeed is a retarded date, Ben lol I wasn't quite done with my PS2 when PS3 launched, and I'm far from tired of the current gen as well. You can bring on the PS4, and it'll surely be exciting, but I'll stick with my PS3 for awhile yet. At least a couple more years.

DVE2k
DVE2k
9 years ago

Holly Fabergas Batman >< thats to early for Ps4, i mean PS3 just launched sometime yesterday, it doesnt even feel old or outdated yet!

bigrailer19
bigrailer19
9 years ago

If it's at all true I'll go where the games go… I'm not done with my PS3, not even close. But when I start seeing games I'd rather play on new hardware or an exclusive game for the PS4 then I'll gladly purchase it, even if that means at launch.

But it won't happen in 18 months… I don't think. I'm thinking like 2 years we will probably see something. I kind of have a feeling we may see something at E3 2012 briefly to unveil whatever it may be, as in new hardware. But I don't think we will see anything on store shelves in 18 months. I don't necessarily thinks that's a retarded date though. Lots of good games release early in the hear for one, and secondly it's a piece of hardware, it will continue to garner attention and by the time the holidays hit, sales go way up. Plus as with the PS3, there won't be a limited supply during the holidays, since it's been released for a while.

I was lucky to get mine in all honesty, and it was even a month after release or so… I seen them (about 20) PS3 at the store so I left to get more money and when I got back (30 min. Or so) there was 5 left. That sucks for the holiday shoppers.

Temjin001
Temjin001
9 years ago

I hope it's true. I'm ready for new consoles. I can't say I'm unhappy with 360/PS3 but I'm eager to see the next level.

YashaZz
YashaZz
9 years ago

I'm really, really worried the cost will be TOO MUCH!

But yes, in other point I'm real eager too to check out the new tech and projects that are possibly in production.


Last edited by YashaZz on 9/2/2011 6:04:57 PM

Ludicrous_Liam
Ludicrous_Liam
9 years ago

I can't help but notice you guys have THE SAME AVATAR!!! :p

Fane1024
Fane1024
9 years ago

Temjin made another account so he could agree with himself.
;P

telly
telly
9 years ago

I could see the PS4 launching in 2013, though I agree it's hard to imagine it launching so early in the year. My best guess is that PS4 launches mid-to-late 2013. PS3 continues to receive AAA exclusives and third party games through 2014 in this scenario, and then the focus turns almost exclusively to PS4 heading into 2015.

I think the vast majority of us are still totally blown away by the quality of PS3 games coming out, but Sony is smart enough to foresee the eventual limits of the hardware and the need to move on. If they say 2013 is the right time to push things forward again, I'll believe them.

berserk
berserk
9 years ago

I don t thik so , i m pretty certain we won t see one at least 1 1/2 year after it s announced for the first time .

Buckeyestar
Buckeyestar
9 years ago

I will never understand the mentality that you have to launch in the holiday window. If someone is going to buy your product, they'll buy it whenever it's available. Is your product suddenly not on store shelves when holiday shopping rolls around?

Temjin001
Temjin001
9 years ago

Well, the current and last gen did, but it doesn't mean they have to. Prior to that gen the PSX,N64, and DC all launched during a September. And Sega Saturn launched in May.

Lord carlos
Lord carlos
9 years ago

People's got less bling bling at the start of the year due to christmas or as it is also known….the holidays.

Its like if a tree falls in the woods,its still a tree ain't it??

Fane1024
Fane1024
9 years ago

Buckeyestar is right.

Early adopters always have the cash for new gadgets, but a non-holiday launch allows for production to get up to speed so that there aren't shortages when more casual buyers (like gift-givers) are shopping.


Last edited by Fane1024 on 9/2/2011 6:40:27 PM

Cuetes
Cuetes
9 years ago

I hope this is true.
I've had my ps3 since the start (thats 5 years ago). While she may not be showing her age I'm ready for an upgrade.

TrophyHunter
TrophyHunter
9 years ago

Buy a slim bro

Fane1024
Fane1024
9 years ago

Aside from running cooler (and cheaper), the slim is a downgrade, not an upgrade.

Lord carlos
Lord carlos
9 years ago

SURE!!!!
2014 at the earliest.
Untill The last guardian is released i don't wanna even think about PS4.

This is LC,last surviving member of the nostromo…signing out……..

Vivi_Gamer
Vivi_Gamer
9 years ago

I personally am not ready for a new console, the PS3 will do me until 2014-15 at the very least. But there have been dosens of articles on the PS4 lately… It does make you wonder..

AcHiLLiA
AcHiLLiA
9 years ago

This could be true, The PS2 launched in 2000 and the PS3 launched in 2006. When u do the math, already 2011, we could eventually see it coming soon. I'm not ready for a PS4 yet, PS3 still has alot to offer on the table.


Last edited by AcHiLLiA on 9/2/2011 11:31:38 AM

TrophyHunter
TrophyHunter
9 years ago

Fake!!!

godsdream
godsdream
9 years ago

It just doesn't feel we are done with PS3. It still has a lot more potential. So many great and exclusive games coming up. Plus the ability with system upgrades makes it a lot more durable than his predecessors. At least lets wait until PS3 numbers catch up 360 (which will happen soon) to see if more news comes up, or gets leaked…

Of topic:

—For those curious, this week numbers according to VG chartz

PS3: Japan: 32,386. America: 69,037. Others: 101,306. Total: 202,729.

Xbox360: Japan: 1,208. America: 78,256. Others: 43,516. Total: 122,980.

Wii: Japan: 11,706. America: 53,216. Others: 51,726. Total: 116,648.

—The total system sales according to this same source:

Wii: Japan: 11.79m. America: 41.73m. Others: 34.26m. Total: 87.79m.

Xbox360: Japan: 1.52m. America: 32.83m. Others: 21.27m. Total: 55.61m.

PS3: Japan: 6.94m. America: 20.52m. Others: 24.92m. Total: 52.38m.

Sorry for the of-topic but wanted to show my point. Also a kind of disclaimer. I don't really know if these numbers are true, untrue or manipulated by someone. If anyone know about a better source please tell me, because this has been my only reference in this matter for quite some time now.


Last edited by godsdream on 9/2/2011 12:25:03 PM

TrophyHunter
TrophyHunter
9 years ago

Those numbers may be true, but I suspect at least a quarter of thos 360's are from people who buy a new one when they get RLOD

Excelsior1
Excelsior1
9 years ago

vg chartz does not have the most up to date numbers but can be used as a good reference. those numbers look pretty accurate. notice the lopsided numbers for na. i can't put my finger on the exact reason but sony has struggled in na. i will be very interested in the na npd numbers next month. is the price drop enough to put sony on top? it should be. however it must be pointed out that the ps3 has only outsold the 360 for one month in na. that was back when it dropped down to $299. i was thinking oh boy here we go…the ps3 will be number one for awhile but the following month the 360 managed to climb back over the ps3.

it just seems the ps3 has always had an uphill fight in na. i can't explain but it's like the ps3 has an image problem in na. there is a weird social dynamic going on with the 360 that puts a lot of peer pressure on people to get a 360. i know becuase i have encountered it many times….just like i have run into a lot of bias against the ps3. you only have to spend 10 minutes at your local gamespot in na to witness that. i don't where it's coming from but it's almost like people have been brainwashed.

if sony can be more competitive in na market they should be able to overtake the 360. that is a big if though in my opinion. ms can always match sony's price cut. it's been predicted that the ps3 will outsell the 360 this holiday period unless ms cuts its price.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

VGchartz gets flak, but they are in the ballpark so people should chill.

godsdream
godsdream
9 years ago

@Trophyhunter I think we all know that :b

Excelsior1
Excelsior1
9 years ago

everytime i hear that line about sony saying they are not even thinking about a ps4 i say BS. they are not only thinking about it but are in fact working on it. no way sony is just going to sit back and let ms luanch first and go unchallenged in the na market again. they will luanch same time as ms.

TrophyHunter
TrophyHunter
9 years ago

I agree with you, Sony should be working on a new PS but that doesn't mean they will release it any time soon

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

Alright, I just had a long post that explained why this was a fail but that failed (why does this site do that?) so I'll just boil it down.

Sony is going to take the time as technology advances before they solidify the hardware so that it will be cost effective when it finally does launch. This means they don't know when the thing will be done so they CAN'T know when it will hit shelves because the hardware roll-out schedule and ad campaign will have to be catered to a specific time in the market. If they don't know when it will happen, how could they, or we, possibly know when it will be ON SHELVES? The answer: we can't.

Ludicrous_Liam
Ludicrous_Liam
9 years ago

When I write a REALLY long post, I usually close my browser, go into bed, and have a good long 30 minute wall-stare, before screaming my hatred for this comment system.

BigD0207
BigD0207
9 years ago

I agree, I think Sony will take their time on getting a new console out. I personally am not ready for a new console. I am really enjoying my PS3 right now and I am not ready. Also I think that Sony will want to have several AAA titles ready for the console launch just like they are doing with their new Playstation Vita and to also set it apart from the other consoles.

OxyFenix
OxyFenix
9 years ago

I can see a late 2013 holiday release. I think by then I will be sort of tired of my ps3. Who knows? Maybe I'll be tired next year. Maybe they should work on improving on what they already have. Add some new features, new updates, something that will make the ps3 appealing. I don't care if you rip it off the 360, just add something. For all I know they are saving those new features for the next console.

PAKINIPS
PAKINIPS
9 years ago

If it's a new ps3 it'll be a slimmer slim.
Won't be ps4 as it's too early.
It's in development though, no doubt.

TrophyHunter
TrophyHunter
9 years ago

I would love to get a PS3 as slim as a PS2

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

Don't you mean as slim as a PS2 slim?

Ignitus
Ignitus
9 years ago

March 2013 sounds crazy till you consider the fact that maybe SONY really wants a head start on the xbox next.

With rumors stating the xbox next launching in fall 2013 a PS4 launching in march (6 months before) of the same year doesn't sound that crazy after all.

sohio
sohio
9 years ago

Look. It’s been 6 years since the new consoles and I have been ready for awhile now for something new. It’s not my fault that after 5 years, you guys are just now getting your PS3′s or Xbox 360′s. There is a huge market for new systems and if Sony and MS want to sit around and milk these tired-ass systems for another 2-3 years it’s doing a disservice to all gamers. The PC market is unfortuantly handcuffed by these companies that have to port everything to all the systems (BF BC3, Crysis, Ect.) and since the 360 cannot come close to a modern, up-to-date graphics card, guess who gets the short end of the stick?
People want new tech, just look at Apple. How many new iPhones have they come out with in the last 4 years? Or how about the $600 iPad2? They don’t seem to have any problem selling everyone slightly updated versions of the same thing after a year or two and people gobble them up. At any price. So it’s not the economy. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Apple jump into the game in the next few years, and when they do, Sony and MS better be prepared.

gumbi
gumbi
9 years ago

Honestly, whether this story about the high level meeting is true or not. The fact that the next iteration of playstation could be on the horizon isn't that far fetched.

Sony NEEDS to beat or match the next MS console release date, and they know it. I've said it before and I'll say it again, it doesn't matter who's hardware is better, showing up late to the race puts you at a huge disadvantage. Sony can't afford another launch like the PS3.

So I think its entirely possible that we could see the next playstation in 18 months or so.

newchef
newchef
9 years ago

perhaps they'll have the system ready for launch in 18 months so that even if the new xbox does launch before them again they will have it ready so that they're not caught lagging behind…or even just ready for when people inevitably start wanting it

___________
___________
9 years ago

hows it a "retarded" date?
in that case i guess vita will be getting a retarded date too because thats suppose to be releasing in feb.
in time for chrissy in JP, and feb slow release everywhere else.

2ndly yea they have said there not thinking about the ps4, but then they have also said it is in R&D.
contradiction much?
were not thinking about it, but were looking at what hardware it could contain and such.
oooooooooooooookkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk…………..

are you nuts!?
yea $ony is going to release a download only system after they released and discontinued the go within 12 months in some areas!
yea, and i got a date with scooby doo!
come on, a little common sense please!

not saying what hes saying is definitely true, but its certainly plausible.
$ony always release their products in japan first so why would they change now?
to be honest i would not be surprised if the ps4 does release in 2013.
especially because of the lack of new ps3 games being announced.
ok we got dust 514 and sly this year, but besides that what other ps3 exclusives have been announced?
almost every ps3 exclusive releasing next year has been delayed from one year to that.
$ony have been so heffed up on vita they have barely announced any new ps3 games, that leads me to believe once vita is out the door will start hearing about the ps4.
maybe early 2013 is a bit unrealistic, id be much more likley for a late 2013 release in JP and early 2014 for everyone else.

Ignitus
Ignitus
9 years ago

Yeah, it's true about the no new PS3 exclusives.

I guess the PS4 is closer than we think.

xnonsuchx
xnonsuchx
9 years ago

From MY information (no, I cannot comment on where it comes from), this sounds more like the release date of developer/prototype PS4 consoles.

Lairfan
Lairfan
9 years ago

Ah come on, enough with the damn PS4 rumors (I'm talking to the people making them, not this site for posting them as news; just a little clarification). Can't people be happy with the current gen, or is there a whole bunch of people who really need to go off making up rumors just to show how impatient they are for the next gen? I'm not even close to being done with my PS3. Give me 2-3 more years, and then we can talk PS4.

drk_gam3r
drk_gam3r
9 years ago

PlayStation 4 is too early. If Sony is prepared to go along with the next generation, they really need to consider waiting for 6 years or so after PlayStation 3 had it's time.

5TAY3R
5TAY3R
9 years ago

look guys it's been 6 years, the 2006's super computer aint that super anymore, even a lower mid range modern gpu can outperform a ps3 or 360 pretty easily, it will be a brilliant decision from sony if they bring out before summer of 2013, Epic's next multi platform directx 11 based project has a completion redline of fall 2013, so it doesn't take a genius to figure out for which platforms its coming, lol, cant wait