PS4 Is "Not A Successor" To PS3 But "An Addition To The Family"

Sony isn't looking to replace the PS3 with its next-gen PS4. It's more of an addition to the family.

by Adam Barnes

While most gamers will be casting aside or trading in their PS3s when the PS4 does launch at the end of this year, Sony doesn't consider its next-gen console a complete replacement to the current gen.

Sony's Middle East general manager suggested the PS4 will have a 'very positive' response in the region, but went on to describe the company's expectations for the next-gen machine.

"PS4, an addition to the PS family, like PSP and PS Vita, will offer a completely new gaming experience," said Fisser, adding that the PS4 is 'not a successor' to the PS3.

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TheLyonKing2014d ago

Think of the Playstation as a line of kings they are all part of the family and when one has run is course it's son will take over as next king.

So the ps3 is the latest king who will then be succeeded by the ps4.

So straight away I have made the title null and void but the article is a good read. Playstation brand does seem more like a family.

Good_Guy_Jamal2014d ago

Wow. Like for real wow. I'm stunned by what you've just written here today. I need to sit down and process that I live in a world where people actually say things like this about gaming consoles.

TheLyonKing2014d ago

Clearly you have never heard of an analogy before

GrieverSoul2014d ago

Ok guys, Im a PS3 fan too! I own both X360 and PS3 and I must say I prefer the PS3 because it has the most game I love and like, PLUS (pun intended) free online.
However, the PS4 is the successor for the PS3! Otherwise they wouldnt call it PS"4". Cmon guys!
This is a try for damage control from Sony. xbox next is gonna bring backward compatability and thats a huge bonus in the console. Its a responsible MS act for because they have millions os LIVE susbcribers that are paying CoD online and wont jump to the next box unless a CoD is there. So BC is a good strategy. Now, Sony cant make it happen due to the acrchitecture od the PS3. But if they could, wouldnt you guys be happy?

This gen is PS3 for me but the next gen looks promising for Sony and Microsoft. In always On for the xbox is true, then count me out.

_-EDMIX-_2014d ago

I think they are just trying to market it in a way to not make it look like PS3's are some how dead once PS4's hit. Its a really good plan. They don't want PS3 vs PS4, they want PS3 AND PS4, hints why The Last Of Us, Beyond 2 Souls, The Last Guardian etc are coming out for PS3 way after PS4.

Its a great plan, I plan on owning a PS3 for a while along with a PS4.

SpringHeeledJack2014d ago

jeez calm down you cry baby and get laid sometime. Is it wrong to be excited about a new console, Leave him alone and stop being so serious.

violents2014d ago


I thought about using another analogy to describe your comment but you prob wouldn't have gotten that either.



1.A comparison between two things, typically on the basis of their structure and for the purpose of explanation or clarification.
2.A correspondence or partial similarity.

Synonyms:similarity - resemblance - likeness - parity - parallel

@ GrieverSoul

Idk, when I got my launch ps3 it was cool to have the BC for like 2 months and then all I played was ps3 games so it was kind of a waste now that I think about it. If your the kind of guy that likes to replay the hell out of your old games than more power to you I guess, I understand that its a good selling point but at the same time I see the flipside, I still have my ps2 so it really doesn't matter if it had it or not.

MuhammadJA2014d ago

Welcome to N4G, where Sony is worshiped like mad!

Army_of_Darkness2014d ago (Edited 2014d ago )

You craaaaazy for thinking people are that crazy, Hahaha!

Anyhow, I had no plans on removing my ps3 when I get my ps4 cause I still have lots of sealed games to play still... yes, I have a huge backlog.

Sevir2014d ago

Which was completely used well to illustrate a point in the brand of hardware by popular manufactures...

Lmao, this guy is dense, way to take a simple metaphoric analogy (which does a great job of illustrating a point) out of context.

Instead of trying to process what people are saying about hardware refreshes and production cycles in the market, just sit in a corner with a dunce cap on and wait for yourself to have a brilliant epiphany as to why you totally missed the metaphor, or why you take things on N4G so seriously. When you realize how dense you are you should then Purge yourself from N4G and you know, find a new hobby, like reading a dictionary and learning how to comprehend analogies.

Lol... Some people... Haha I can't, really can't.

rezzah2014d ago

Try not to think too hard, your head might explode.

mrbojingles2014d ago

I have to process the world we live in where you get three times as many disagrees as agrees lol.

adorie2014d ago (Edited 2014d ago )

There are far worse things going on in this world than someone giving off an air of praise for a gaming console, through an analogy, Good_Guy_Jamal.

You had merit(barely so, imo) when you called out TenTonsofTube for flipping the switch on his stance about rumor VS fact, but why come into an article that is clearly meant for PlayStation fans and knock someone for their *opinion*?

You're also being a drama queen. "I'm stunned by what you've just written here today"

Really... someone has not been on the internet that long. I've been on it almost 20 years, and don't get "stunned" by most of the stuff I read on here or the rest of the net.

Grow a pair.

This is off-topic, Moddies, so feel free to deal with it as you see fit.

Qrphe2014d ago

It's called fanboyism; N4G has all kinds of them!

Oner2014d ago

^^^ Stands and applauds Sevir ^^^

solidjun52014d ago

I'm not stunned you don't know what an analogy is or what a simile is. I'm shocked that 44+ actually agreed with you. oye.

RyuCloudStrife2014d ago

Why do you need to sit down and process what he just said? Are you too slow to understand?

InMyOpinion2014d ago

I think what Jamal meant is the way the analogy was worded.

It sounds a bit fundamentalistic, and some of you seem a bit in too deep to see it.

TheRealSpy2013d ago

If someone drew this analogy about Xbox, you imbeciles would fly off the handle and the comment would instantly be removed for trolling.

Such hypocrisy on this garbage website.

violents2013d ago (Edited 2013d ago )

Wow you cant win in a battle of wits so you give me some shitty PM and block me so I cant talk back to you, and I'm the pathetic one, HA!

Ok lets get serious for a second tho, the only reason this guy went with the analogy he did is prob because it says successor in the title, so going to an analogy of royalty heirarchy is an easy jump, it is pretty funny how xbots get all butthurt when you like something other than what they feel is a godsend from bill gates explosive majical rainbow diarea. No one was here talking bad about anyone until some bastard sony haters came in and started arguments they aren't smart enough to finish.

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MariaHelFutura2014d ago (Edited 2014d ago )

It is sad when people let "console wars" get to them so much that they do or say stupid things. Some people even **pretend to be 2 seperate people at the same time, in the same thread** leaving comments, switching accounts, agreeing w/ themselves and try to bubble themselves up. It's sad, wouldn't you agree.....

sway_z2014d ago

OMG!! People really do that?? Ha ha haaaaaa!!!!

Damn Dizzle!!!

Bk on topic. The PS2 lasted 12 years, so all those tryna spoil the Sony party need to pipe down.


Kurt Russell2014d ago

We clearly don't bubble ourselves up sway_z ;) Maybe that's where we're going wrong.

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Gamerjunki32014d ago (Edited 2014d ago )

You do realise that the "Son" would be labelled as the King's successor?

Which happens to contradict the title...

Edit: Oh! You've now acknowledged that, good job!

Minato-Namikaze2014d ago (Edited 2014d ago )

Think of it more as a Hokage from naruto. While the 4th was the ruling "king" the 3rd was still around doing stuff to help the village, he wasnt dead but rather a supplemental piece.

Gamerjunki32014d ago (Edited 2014d ago )

Which would make the 4th the successor, one need not die in order to be succeeded.

The PS4 is a successor, for it will replace the PS3 as Sony's flag-ship console, there's nothing wrong with that, but these analogies people are making, are terrible--because even the analogies have successors!

AkatsukiPain2014d ago


Great analogy lol. I really digged that & made alot of sense. I agree with what u said yellow flash.

Shinra Tensei

Bathyj2014d ago (Edited 2014d ago )

Sorry, mispost

wquach2014d ago (Edited 2014d ago )

Sony's always been able to juggle multiple systems and offer support to them long after they release a new one.

This will be no different with the PS4's release.

It's one of the strengths of the PlayStation brand.

Objective2014d ago

The old king was slain in combat, there's a new lineage now. PS4 is no successor indeed.

manjizz19952014d ago

No you didn't void the title, simply because you made it seem you can only look at it as kings and their sons divine right to take the kingdom. That is what this article is trying to prevent is the thought of that.

When in reality it is like A strong family that evolves every generation

miyamoto2014d ago (Edited 2014d ago )

Your comment fits your name!
Awrsome movie, Simba.

PlayStation is an empire!
PS2, PSP, PS3, PS Vita and PS4 all still being sold around the world simultaneously is unprecedented. Super future proofing to rhe max!

Welcome to the family PS4!

Tapioca Cold2014d ago

That was one of the lamest things i have ever heard. Dude really?

kevinsheeks2014d ago

I like your comment :) nice to see creativity

and to think of it that way >.> the ps1 must be elderly as heck lol

the ps2 though is somewhat still in it's prime lol the ps3 is in the shadow of the ps2 trying to live up to the previous era

the ps4is the new spoiled brat nobody has any expectations their just observing

bigfish2014d ago

Sony are just saying that because they want the PS3 to still sell up until at least ten years into its life, thats when they will proabably seize production of it.

CommonSense2013d ago (Edited 2013d ago )

Wow, that's a pretty stupid thing to say. It's tantamount to console worship.

and people gave you a "well said."

what a joke!

EDIT: Even bigger joke...the mods are removing everyone's comment that calls this psycho out.

i've known this site is psychotic for years, but i'm even blown away by this.

the top idiot gets a "well said," while everyone that's sick of this blatant fanboyism gets removed for "trolling???" WTF!

How's this for an analogy. Sony is like a crappy magician that is able to trick people of sub-par intelligence into thinking it's a lot greater than it actually is. Especially PS2.

EDIT 2: *waits for fanboy n4g mods to remove comment* what a disgrace. this site has NO business being called News 4 Gamers.

violents2013d ago

If you think sony fans are so bad, why are you even in here commenting with some trollrific comment like that, really you are just asking to get dinged by sony fans.

violents2013d ago

Jamal PM'd me abouy how im a pathetic fanboy because of my comment. HILARIOUS!

Hilariously pathetic

CommonSense2011d ago

You're desperate need to share that with us is in no way pathetic, however.....

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NastyLeftHook02014d ago

i see the ps4 being a successor of ps2

andrewer2014d ago

PS2 isn't in the family, it is the god that protects it, and will forever be with us.

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arbitor3652014d ago

that's because they probably don't intend on retiring the PS3 any time soon.

Anon19742014d ago

Nor should they. I don't see any reason why they can't support multiple consoles. Just like tv's, stereo receivers, cameras, etc... you have multiple products co-existing as long as the market can support them. I don't see why game consoles would be any different.

It's funny that when the fanboy's were trading insults back and forth this gen regarding who dominated sales wise, they always ignore that since the PS3 launched that Sony was selling not one, but two home consoles up until recently. When you consider both products since the PS3's launch, the combination of PS3/PS2 has dominated the home console market. Yet you'd always see talk of the Wii's dominance, or how the 360 had that lead from getting to the market first when the actual sales data showed that Sony's combined efforts with the PS3/2 were the true force in living rooms around the world.

TacoTaru2014d ago

If there was backwards compatibility it could be called a "replacement" and the PS3 could be retired. As it is the "successor" can't play the games of it's predecessor so retirement is out of the question.

Knight_Crawler2014d ago

Well if the PS2 is anything to go by then I think it s safe to say that Sony will support the PS3 for a very long time.

The only problem is that eventually they are going to bring out a revised PS3 becuse the Super Slim is very ugly console.

kenshiro1002014d ago

Why would they? The PS3 is profitable and very successful.

AzaziL2014d ago

Well if the PS3 and PS4 will be side by side for a year or so, they should have some sort of cross platform gameplay that'll allow us to play friends that still have PS3.

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schlanz2014d ago

Remember when Nintendo said that about the DS? That it was a "third pillar"?

Remember what happened to the GBA shortly thereafter?

IMO its absurd to not consider the PS4 a successor. Sure the PS3 will be around a little while longer but ultimately it will fade away while the PS4 lives on.. hence successor.

MariaHelFutura2014d ago

While I do agree. Until then, it's an addition to the family.

schlanz2014d ago (Edited 2014d ago )

Just as a prince is an addition to the family. But he is still the successor, eventually the king will die or abdicate ;)

Minato-Namikaze2014d ago

Small hole in your story. When the PS3 came out sony didnt stop supporting the PS2 and when the PS2 launched sony didnt stop supporting the PS1 and when the PSvita released sony didt stop supporting the PSP.

schlanz2014d ago

I did say the PS3 will be around a little longer. That doesn't mean the PS4 isn't a successor just because both systems will be on the market simultaneously. For example the iPhone 5 and iPhone 4 are both on the market, but no one in their right mind would say the 5 isn't a successor of the 4. Sure they can co-exist. But imo this whole "part of the family, not a successor" line is just weak and misplaced corporate PR jibber jabber in an effort to keep the PS3 relevant in the days and weeks leading up to the PS4.