Sony ‘Likely to Be Last’ of Console Makers to Announced Next-Gen Plans

Sony France boss Philippe Cardon says of the three major console makers, Sony will likely be the last one to announce a next-generation system because it’s not under a lot of pressure.

Speaking to Lepoint.fr, Cardon said he couldn’t say much to confirm or dispel rumors, but that unlike Nintendo, Sony wasn’t feeling the squeeze to push out new hardware.

“The Wii is under time pressure because it’s in decline. As far as we’re concerned, we’re under a lot less pressure. We were the last to release the PS3, we will probably be the last to announce something,” he said.

Microsoft just said something similar today as well, stating that the Xbox 360 still has a lot of life left in it. “What is certain is that there will be nothing new in 2012,” said Microsoft’s Cedrick Delmas. “The cycle of the Xbox 360 is by no means complete.”

That’s interesting — both of the big players in consoles aren’t in a hurry to announce new hardware (although Microsoft is still rumored to be planning an announcement at E3 this year). Contrary to Cardon’s assertion, though, is what Playstation Europe boss Jim Ryan said in November: that it would be “undesirable” to let Microsoft get another head start in the next console wave like it did back in 2005.

Rumors and unnamed sources still have it that Sony will be announcing new hardware at E3, so we’ll likely just have to wait until the spring before we can get a real feel for how the next few console years are going to play out. Or we can just continue to play games on PC and ignore console wars altogether. Whichever.

Thanks (for translating), Eurogamer.

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