The gaming community, particularly the PlayStation users, expect Sony to launch its new generation console sometime next year, fueling speculations that support for its aging PS3 platform may be cutoff. Well, that speculation seems groundless now as Sony’s Vice President of hardware marketing John Koller announced in an interview with Gamespot that his company plans to continue supporting the PS3 until at least 2015.
Koller explained: “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.”
Koller reaffirmed its company’s commitment to continue supporting its product even after a release of a new system by citing Sony’s continuous support of the PlayStation 2, which still gets occasional third-party support like 2K Games’ release of a PS2 version of Major League Baseball 2k12 last March. Square Enix is also set to launch an expansion pack for MMO Final Fantasy XI for Japanese PS2 in 2013.
Sony has hinted of a planned “ten-year life cycle” for the PS3 when it released the PS3 in 2006. the comments of Koller seem to reinforce the commitment it promised to its customers. Sony’s chief rival, Microsoft, also promised to support the Xbox 360 for ten years when the product was launched in 2008. however, leaked Microsoft documents shows that support will overlap with the company’s aggressive plans to sell a next-generation console in the next few years.
Koller also confirmed that the new upgrade for the current PS3 called “Super Slim” will not lower the price of the product, and in fact will raise it to about $20 more for even the most affordable system bundle.
The new smaller PS3 is now available, boasting a much sleeker look. It is about 20% smaller and also 25% lighter than the original console. The new product comes in two models: a 250 GB and a 500 GB HDD.
The 250 GB bundle comes with Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception Game of the Year Edition, a voucher for a free 30-day membership for PlayStation Plus, and another voucher worth more than $30 for Dust 514 bonus digital content. Dust 514 is set to be launched next month.