You gotta love Jack Tretton, President and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America because he doesn’t really beat around the bush as they say where I am from. In a very good interview with Forbes, Tretton talked about lots of things including the PlayStation Vita, his thoughts on the “casual” gaming market and more. One of the biggest tidbits came when Tretton was asked about PlayStation 4 development and when they would start to discuss that. Tretton held the line on what he has been saying for a few months now, that the PS3 is only half way through its life-cycle and they don’t plan to introduce a new console before that. He said that from a technological standpoint he doesn’t believe that there is much more advancement on the console front at this point to warrant making any moves in the near future. Never missing a moment to poke the competition a bit, Tretton said that Nintendo’s Wii U announcement didn’t make them say “Oh, we’d better get working on rolling out a new PlayStation here pretty soon. Our attitude is kind of ‘welcome to the party.’ If you’re looking at being a multimedia entertainment device, if you’re looking at high def gaming, that was 2006 for us.”
So there you have it folks don’t expect the announcement of the Wii U to spark Sony to rush out the next generation of PlayStation consoles. For the most part I believe Tretton, I don’t think that Nintendo could put the pressure on Sony as far as releasing a new PlayStation. If and when Microsoft ups the ante with its next console, well that my friends is another story. Click here to read the entire Forbes interview with Tretton.