Sony is “Not Making Any Announcements” About PlayStation Hardware At E3

Despite the hot rumor of the moment being that Sony and Microsoft will be revealing new home gaming consoles at E3 this summer, at a CES roundtable this week Sony CEO Kaz Hirai steadfastly denied that his company will be making any sort of unveiling at the trade show.

Andy [House] is absolutely right in that we are not making any announcements at E3. I’ve always said a 10-year life cycle for PS3, and there is no reason to go away from that.

By all accounts, though, the next Xbox is coming sooner rather than later, and SCEE’s Jim Ryan has gone on the record saying it would be a bad idea for a new PlayStation to come out far after competitors’ new consoles. Too, releasing a new console wouldn’t necessarily mark the end of the PS3′s life cycle, as the PS2 lived on long after the PS3 was released in 2006.

So I don’t know how to interpret this quote. I’m tempted to take it at face value, because we haven’t really heard much about a potential PS4 so far, while we’ve heard murmurings about an “Xbox Next” quite regularly for the past six months or so. It’s important to remember that the closer we get to an announcement, the more murmurings there will be; it’s pretty much impossible for these guys to keep new hardware a secret these days. So if we don’t get some serious rumors about the PS4 in the pipe in the next couple months, you can probably bet that they won’t be bringing it to E3.

But we’ll see.

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