With all the recent speculation that the next generation PlayStation will arrive in the not-so-distant future, PlayStation VP of hardware marketing John Koller has spoken up to reassure the Sony faithful that the company intends to support the PS3 with software for at least the next 3 years.
Speaking to Gamespot, Koller said:
“A lot of great content is coming. And over the next 2-3 years, the PS3 has got an incredible lineup… We’re going to continue supporting the PS3 for the next few years. Absolutely. And we’re going to continue supporting it not only that long, but as long as there is a development spigot that’s running hot. And I can tell you right now, the development spigot for PS3 is very hot. A lot of great games coming.”
Koller likened the continued support for the PS3 to how the PlayStation 2 still has a few games that launch for it each year, even though we are now 12 years past the console’s original release.
I have a feeling that the current console generation will hang on even longer than the last one did. If for no other reason, the state of the economy will almost certainly result in a much slower adoption rate for the next systems. Publishers will likely be forced to release last-gen ports for most of their new titles for several years in order to take full advantage of both market segments.
Even if that doesn’t turn out to be the case, PS3 owners can always take comfort in the fact that they will forever have The Last Guardian to look forward to.