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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. (Industry, Next-Gen, PS Vita, PS2, PS3, PS4, PSP, Sony)

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TheLyonKing  +   954d ago | Well said
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_Jamal  +   954d 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.
TheLyonKing  +   954d ago | Well said
Clearly you have never heard of an analogy before
GrieverSoul  +   954d 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-_  +   954d 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.
SpringHeeledJack  +   954d 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.
violents  +   954d 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.
MuhammadJA  +   954d ago
Welcome to N4G, where Sony is worshiped like mad!
Army_of_Darkness  +   954d 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.
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Sevir  +   954d ago | Well said
Jamal doesnt understand the meanings of Similes and Metaphors
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.
rezzah  +   954d ago
Try not to think too hard, your head might explode.
mrbojingles  +   954d ago
I have to process the world we live in where you get three times as many disagrees as agrees lol.
adorie  +   954d 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.
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Qrphe  +   954d ago
It's called fanboyism; N4G has all kinds of them!
Oner  +   953d ago
^^^ Stands and applauds Sevir ^^^
solidjun5  +   953d 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.
g2gshow  +   953d ago
lmao @ good
RyuCloudStrife  +   953d ago
Why do you need to sit down and process what he just said? Are you too slow to understand?
InMyOpinion  +   953d 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.
TheRealSpy  +   953d 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.
violents  +   953d 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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Hingle_Mcringleberry   954d ago | Trolling | show
MariaHelFutura  +   954d ago | Well said
@Hingle_Mcringleberry & Good_Guy_Jamal
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.....
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sway_z  +   954d 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 Russell  +   953d ago
We clearly don't bubble ourselves up sway_z ;) Maybe that's where we're going wrong.
Alos88   954d ago | Trolling | show
Gamerjunki3  +   954d 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!
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Minato-Namikaze  +   954d 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.
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Gamerjunki3  +   954d 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!
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AkatsukiPain  +   953d ago

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

Shinra Tensei
Bathyj  +   954d ago
Sorry, mispost
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wquach  +   954d 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.
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Objective  +   954d ago
The old king was slain in combat, there's a new lineage now. PS4 is no successor indeed.
manjizz1995  +   954d 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
Maddens Raiders  +   954d ago
Welcome -
to the family.
miyamoto  +   954d 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!
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Freedomland  +   954d ago
avengers1978  +   953d ago
Welcome to the family
Tapioca Cold  +   953d ago
That was one of the lamest things i have ever heard. Dude really?
kevinsheeks  +   953d 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
bigfish  +   953d 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.
CommonSense  +   953d 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.
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violents  +   953d 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.
violents  +   953d ago
Jamal PM'd me abouy how im a pathetic fanboy because of my comment. HILARIOUS!

Hilariously pathetic
CommonSense  +   950d ago
You're desperate need to share that with us is in no way pathetic, however.....
NastyLeftHook0  +   954d ago
i see the ps4 being a successor of ps2
andrewer  +   954d ago
PS2 isn't in the family, it is the god that protects it, and will forever be with us.
deanobi   954d ago | Spam
arbitor365  +   954d ago
that's because they probably don't intend on retiring the PS3 any time soon.
Anon1974  +   954d 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.
TacoTaru  +   954d 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_Crawler  +   954d 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.
kenshiro100  +   953d ago
Why would they? The PS3 is profitable and very successful.
AzaziL  +   953d 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.
schlanz  +   954d 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.
Monkeysmarts  +   954d ago
Stop making sense.
MariaHelFutura  +   954d ago
While I do agree. Until then, it's an addition to the family.
schlanz  +   954d ago
Just as a prince is an addition to the family. But he is still the successor, eventually the king will die or abdicate ;)
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Minato-Namikaze  +   954d 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.
schlanz  +   954d 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.
WickedLester  +   954d ago
Sorry but I call BS on this! PS4 IS the successor to PS3 just like PS3 was the successor to PS2 and PS2 was the successor to the PS1. This sounds to me like a lame attempt at justifying the lack of BC on PS4 and encouraging gamers to have both PS3 and PS4 connected.
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Williamson  +   954d ago
I expect the ps4 to do one thing for bring a lot of different gaming experiences like the ps3 did. Bring all the franchises they had on the ps3, reach back to the ps1/ps2 days bring some of those franchises that werent on the ps3, and lastly continue to make new ips. I want to play a lot of games on my game console!
lovegames718  +   954d ago
Of course. They will suport ps3 the same way they supported ps2 well after ps3 was released. Ps2 is still making money for them!
Karpetburnz  +   954d ago
while PS4 is obviously the successor to PS3, Sony will be supporting the PS3 for many more years which is why they would considder it to be an addition to the family.
o-Sunny-o  +   954d ago
PS Vita has multi tasking friend..Kinect is vaporware. Combat Piracy by no used games? Used games is not pirating. PlayStation always booted piracy for a long time friends. PS3 I recall being hard to hack(Yes only by a genius) and mod. While Xbox live has accounts hacked daily by kids and YouTube videos. Paying for online revolutionary count me out. Paying for PS Plus is gaming in a foreward direction.
Gamer Muzz  +   954d ago
This reminds me of Atari's 8 bit family spiel from back in the 80's. LOL
they are meant to exist in tandem with one another...but lets face it, when a new console comes out, the old one becomes obsolete.
this article has gotten far too much attention. LOL
Dlacy13g  +   954d ago
And that statement basically says... we are going to keep selling & support the PS3 for a few years into the life cycle of the PS4. They don't want consumers to stop buying the PS3 just because the PS4 was announced. Also...depending on the backwards compatibility plans...PS3 hardware could stay around even longer if Sony decides its the most cost effective way to offer it or if Gaikai somehow isn't' able to do all they want in terms of BC.
greyhaven33  +   954d ago
I will keep my ps3 as long as it works just to have an extra blue ray player
sway_z  +   954d ago
Sony supported PS2 for approx 12 years (PS2 R.I.P 2000-2012) so it is indisputable that Sony will do for PS3.

...Just sold my Xbox 360 Slim on Amazon for £169.99 with 2 games.

I am keeping my PS3 though....after all it's family.

Lulz :)
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AkatsukiPain  +   953d ago
U stating facts right there bruh & im wit u on that.

Shinra Tensei
yewles1  +   954d ago
It makes sense from the perspective that PS4's doing a lot that's not traditional with PS hardware:

It has off-the-shelf parts.
It's not using a new media format.
It's developer "reliant" (Sony's bid at dev input for console build, not just games).
It's not CPU focused anymore.

It just doesn't seem like a real successor, only having the sequel name slapped on it. An extra large Vita if you will...
Jdoki  +   954d ago
Sounds like Nintendo's 3 pillars strategy.

I like how Sony keep supporting their old hardware. PS2 lasted 12 years. Means people can wait to upgrade to PS4 knowing the PS3 will continue to be supported (and you only need to look at The Last of Us being released so late to see that strategy is going to continue).

One of the things that annoyed me about the Xbox is that it was dead quite some time before the 360 arrived - and was one of the reasons I bought a 360 Day 1.
kalkano  +   954d ago
Yes, Sony, we know you still want to sell PS3s. But, let's not lie. PS4 is the successor to PS3, even if you still support the PS3 with software, after the release of the PS4. The same thing happened last gen.
Kidmyst  +   954d ago
Sounds similar to how the PS3 rolled out. A successor basically takes over and the previous is no more. When the PS3 rolled out, the PS2 was still active and had several titles still developed for it and received support. I expect the same with the PS4 in that we'll see new titles on the PS4 also for the PS3 for a couple years or more. So those who can't afford the upgrade, are not left in the dark.
racso10ken  +   954d ago
this is a nice way to say "if you want to play your old games you going to have to have both consoles".
FrigidDARKNESS  +   954d ago
Kinda stun by this. If it not ato replace the ps3 then maybe its an extension of the console.
IMO ps4 was developed so that Sony can start making profits off every ps4 sold.
turgore  +   954d ago
I'm sorry but the ps4 will eventually replace the ps3. They might co-exist for a couple of years, but after that all focus shall shift on the new console.
TheKayle1  +   954d ago
the ps4 is the successor of the they idiots?

or this is a nice way to say

"oh guys u know what? ..we dont have bc so keep ur ps3"
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AkatsukiPain  +   953d ago
Lol u crack me up. Your always whining lol.

Shinra Tensei
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a_bro  +   954d ago
Sony should stop the PR crap and state that yes it's the successor to the PS3 and yes it won't play PS3 games. That's the reason why they're stating this. It's really dumb to come out and say something like this
smashcrashbash  +   954d ago
Wait wait wait. I don't understand? Does he mean that the PS3 will be still relevant therefore it's not it's successor? Is now gamer misquoting or misunderstanding what he said? And who really cares? Whether you call it a successor or part of the console family what does it matter? Does that change what we are getting with the PS4? Why is everyone trying to make this into something? Sony never stopped supporting any console when the other one came out so why would they be trying to make the PS3 relevant.They never had to do that with any other console. Why is it you guys latch on to any junk you find trying to translate it into something negative?
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bucky1965   954d ago | Trolling | show
SageHonor  +   954d ago
It's just rhetoric.
air1  +   953d ago

So its a ps 3.5?
Orionsangel  +   953d ago
Yes addition to the family.

SONY: We promise to still support the PS3 for maybe the first year, but make no mistake that our main focus will be on the PS4. Eventually will give the PS3 the finger and phase it out. Thanks for buying our stuff on PS3. Now let it rott inside your PS3. The future is the PS4! Give us more money!
Mr_Writer85  +   953d ago
Because Sony don't have a history of supporting a past console.

PS3 released 2006

PS2 production ceased 2012

Xbox 360 released November 2005

Xbox production ceased August 2005

Last PS2 game released Final Fantasy 11 exp pack March 2013

Last Xbox game released 2008
oof46  +   953d ago
Analogies aside, they probably don't want to call it a successor to the ps3 to avoid consumer confusion.

The non-forum reading, gaming website reading public hears that the ps4 is the successor to the ps3 and might think, "Hey, my ps2, played my ps1 games and my ps2 games worked on my ps3. I'll get the ps4 and play my ps3 games on it.
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