Sony Computer Entertainment America President Jack Tretton is very confident in the condition of the PS4 at launch, and is also quite positive that consoles and console gaming aren’t going anywhere, as he stated in an interview during the latest episode of the PlayStation Blogcast.
Amazing that the industry has been around as much as it as, because it still feels new, but then you think about all the different generations that have launched and the fact that PlayStation alone is in its fourth generation of console hardware… It’s really amazing, and it’s a testament to the gamer and it’s a testament to the games industry, because I did an interview a while back and I said “I’ve been dealing with the death of the console for 27 years”, The console is not going anywhere. There’s more interest in the console, more interest in games than ever before.
That experience of playing with your friends in the living room, and the pure joy that that brings you is a very, is very different experience in gaming than in other devices, and I think that’s here to stay.
I think the gamers were on board all throughout the generation, but let’s face it, while PS3 still has so many things to offer and some of the best IPs on any platforms coming out for it, there was really pent up demand for the next generation of hardware and what PlayStation 4 can do.
And I think what’s so great about it is, it was a heck of a lot of fun right out of the box. It wasn’t “well next year at this time it’ll be a pretty cool experience.” People are enjoying the heck out of it, and are logging tons of hours with PlayStation 4
While Tretton can’t exactly be considered an unbiased voice, It’s hard to disagree with him when he says that consoles aren’t going anywhere. I remember hearing “consoles are dying” for a reason or another at least for two generations, but they are still alive, well and selling millions in a matter of weeks (or days). I’m quite sure we’re going to see a PlayStation 5 and a Xbox Two in the future, and maybe even a Wii Z. Yeah. I know… I had no idea on how to call that one.