Microsoft managed to get almost a year head start on Sony when it first launched, and it looks like history may repeat itself when the next-gen consoles decide to start trickling out again according to a recent interview with Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida. But why exactly?
“Looking from the outside, it was Microsoft that released the first of this generation of consoles. Naturally, in my opinion, Microsoft will make the first move. Or, because Nintendo’s approach was not to upgrade much on its basic hardware – Wii doesn’t even support HD resolution – so they might be the first to move,” said the confident Yoshida in a recent interview with Edge.
Yoshida went onto boldly claim, “Probably the watch should be on these companies, in my opinion. Because PS3 was later than Xbox, and is more powerful, so it has a longer lifespan.”
Whether or not you believe the PS3 is more powerful than the 360 it’s safe to assume announcements for next-gen consoles could start as early as next year, although with the recent interests in Microsoft’s Kinect and Sony’s Playstation Move it may be a little bit more of a wait. “We are pricing Move as if we are launching a new platform. So because the install base of Move will help third party studios create games for it, we benefit by helping those third-parties. But we are not losing money with each one we sell.”
So, even if we don’t see another console for 2-3 years at least we’ll be able to pretend our new motion cameras and controllers are next-gen consoles.
Sony: Rivals Will Make Next-Gen Move First – [Edge Magazine]