Submitted by Foolsjoker 661d ago | opinion piece

When Will Sony Pull the Plug on the PS3?

With the recent announcement of Insomniac Games’ new Ratchet & Clank game for the PS3, the Daily Reaction crew of Seb and Dan answer a few questions regarding how much life the console has left and what Sony should do as they usher in the PS4. (Dev, PS3, PS4, Sony, Xbox One)

Majin-vegeta  +   661d ago
If the PS2 is anything to go buy.It won't be for awhile.
Foolsjoker  +   661d ago
But the PS3 had backwards compatibility for people to play PS2 games, the PS4 doesn't. I wonder if that will slow down development for PS3 titles?
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cellur111  +   661d ago
The only Ps3's that has backwards compatibility were one or two models when they were first released.
Foolsjoker  +   661d ago
And that did ease the transition for people into the next generation, it wasn't until they relaunched the PS3 that backwards compatibility was taken out.
BitbyDeath  +   661d ago
Both PS1 and PS2 got pulled roughly a year before the new console got released. So roughly 7 years from now. 2020.
badz149  +   661d ago
hopefully not too soon. is it just me or the transition to the PS4 feels like "too soon" kinda thing?

before you disagree, hear me out. from PS2 to PS3, A LOT of investment had to be made in order to get the full experience...it was like a hard-fought battle with the CELL and then BD vs HD DVD thing and the need for HDTV, surround sound system, building Bluray movies collection, movie streaming became massive on consoles etc. and not to mention the games which are too many to choose from even after putting aside the yearly releases...and here we are, already in 2013 waiting for the next gen!

I mean...with the PS4, we will still be gaming on the same 1080p TV, right? the same home theater too and most of all, all the Bluray movies still works! I know it's not a bad thing but I feel the PS3 is still 'fresh' and the fact that we're getting HUGE games like GoW:A, Bioshock Infinite, TLoU, GTA V, B2S, GT6 etc. this year is not helping to convince me that this gen is over either!

don't get me wrong as I'll definite be onboard next gen but I too, hope that the PS3 will be kept alive longer just like the PS2.
MikeMyers  +   661d ago
It won't last as long after the PS4 comes out like the PS2 did after the PS3 was released. PS3 sales are still pretty good so I imagine after the end of next year support will dwindle and sales will fall sharply. What will keep the PS3 going are price cuts. It hasn't even reached $199 yet so they have a ways to go.

It also depends on how well the PS4 does. One of the reasons they dropped PS2 backwards compatibility on the PS3 was because PS2 hardware sales were still strong while software sales for the PS3 wasn't.
Bathyj  +   661d ago
Well if anything that will only prolong the time PS3 is sold, not slow down PS4. You cant hold back the tide.
dedicatedtogamers  +   661d ago
I think the last PS2 game is coming out this year: FIFA 2013. The PS1 and PS1 games were sold in stores right up until 2005-2006 iirc.

So, I think the PS3 will last a while.
minimur12  +   661d ago
PS1 and PS1 ? :p
Starbucks_Fan  +   661d ago
What was the last PS1 game?
dedicatedtogamers  +   661d ago
@ Starbucks

Wikipedia says FIFA Football 2005 was the last PS1 game to come out. I remember PS1 games staying on store shelves until the PS3 came out, and then most stores clearanced/liquidated their PS1 stock.
TrendyGamers  +   661d ago
Fully pulling the plug? Probably not until closer to 2020.

Stop making games for it? Probably by the end of 2014.
Foolsjoker  +   661d ago
Yeah, I don't think this is about production, but more along the lines of support - first and third party.
GodofPlaystation  +   661d ago
Sony wants people to own a ps3 just as much as a ps4. If you own a lot of games like myself. I can still see plenty of use out of my ps3 even with a ps4 sitting right next to it. Plus it is still a blue ray player.
ftwrthtx  +   661d ago
Couple years down the road, probably.
Abash  +   661d ago
Not for years, sure support will wind down from them when the PS4 launches but the PS3 is still the most relevant PlayStation console until November of this year. And you cant blame them for wanting to make the best use of that time by releasing a lot of software before the install base starts upgrading and moving onto PS4.

Also, the PS3 is going to play a very big role alongside the PS4 in terms of bringing in Sony revenue. They'd be stupid to stop supporting the PS3 given how well it's still selling
doctorstrange  +   661d ago
Hopefully some of these PS3 games like GTA get brought over
Foolsjoker  +   661d ago
I would love a next-gen GTA.
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minimur12  +   661d ago
I have a feeling Gaikai will stream GTA V - and if so, that'll be a HUGE middle finger to xbox
JBSleek  +   661d ago
minimur12  +   661d ago
EA said theyll support the PS3 untill 2017 iirc, so sony will probably try to match that
jc48573  +   661d ago
really depends, but I'm guessing not longer than PS2 that is if not many developers are interested in making games for it. There are some games I am still hoping to see on the PS3.
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Unicron  +   661d ago
I still have 10 NEW titles (not showing up on PS4/Xbox One) to buy this year on PS3, and 2 already released that I need to pick up.

Plenty of life in the old gal!
Wedge19  +   661d ago
I think it has at least 2 years worth of life in it, if not longer. Most people won't adopt into the new gen early on. I know people that just got a PS3 this year!
darkpower  +   661d ago
Well, you have to think about install rates right now. How many people will want to jump to the next gen right away, or will wait to see where the pendulum swings. Remember that GTA5 is not coming out on next gen consoles (at least there's no announcement about it coming out for the PS4 or XBO yet). So yeah, as long as people are not willing to go next gen yet, they'll be a market for the PS3 (and 360, for that matter, though I bet more for the PS3 than 360).
harrisk954  +   661d ago
The question is not "when will Sony pull the plug on the PS3", but "when will MS pull the plug on the Xbox 360"...

Sony has a history of supporting the PS1 well after the PS2 came into the market and the PS2 well after the PS3 came into the market (actually they only just stopped production on the PS2)... Will MS show the same respect to 360 owners that Sony has shown to its customers? Because MS certainly did not do that for original Xbox owners.
JBSleek  +   661d ago
But Xbox had nothing to do with respect and everything to do with the fact that they couldn't produce any more consoles.
hiredhelp  +   661d ago
I hope Sony continues to support PS3 this is one things sony known for.
Sarobi  +   661d ago
I think PS3 will continue going strong for quite some time.
Kenshin_BATT0USAI  +   661d ago
Not any time soon. However, I wouldn't expect too many amazing games 1 year post-ps4. That being said, my wallet is bled dry by jrpgs lately >_>
Starbucks_Fan  +   661d ago
Much longer than the Xbox 360 will be supported, that's for sure.
greenlantern2814  +   661d ago
Sony has said from the very beginning they had a 10 year plan for ps3 which means it has 3 years to go. So 2016
GentlemenRUs  +   661d ago
10 years.
PSN_ZeroOnyx  +   661d ago
Sony already guaranteed support for PS3 till 2016, and it could be longer depending on the size of the fan base still using it.

M$ however stopped supporting the original xbox as soon as the 360 was ready to launch, and 3rd party developers won't support a console that has been dropped by the manufacturer.
greenlantern2814  +   661d ago
And they have pretty much already dropped support for the 360. Since all their studios have been working on Xbox1 games for awhile letting only 3rd party devs support the 360
PSN_ZeroOnyx  +   661d ago
Actually 360 has zero first party games, only some 2nd party games. The 5 studios have bought have only been working on X1 games. And that pales in comparison to the dozen plus Sony AAA first party studios.
smokeyjoekenobi  +   661d ago
Well beyond it's natural death, that's when.
izumo_lee  +   661d ago
Like many have said if the PS2 is anything to go by it would be a LONG time before Sony abandons the system. So just like this gen Sony will be the only company to support 3 platforms next gen (PS3 PS4 Vita).

They will have dedicated studios still developing for the PS3 even after the PS4 comes out. It is still a capable system with developers still finding new ways to get the most out of the system.
isarai  +   661d ago
They said 10yr lifecycle, so it has at least 3-4yrs left to go, but it'll probably still be supported well after that like the PS2 was
HappyWithOneBubble  +   661d ago
PS1 and PS2 did 12yrs so PS3 should do the same. PS3 is at 7yrs now so it got 5 more. I believe it will pass Wii in sales too.
GribbleGrunger  +   661d ago
Unbelievable. The PS1 and PS2 where on the market for 10+ years, so when the PSP and the PS3 have been on the market for 10+ years, can we please start listening to what Sony say? They call themselves journalists but they can't do a simple frigin' google search. Another pointless question.

"I've always said [PS3's life-cycle will be] ten-plus years and the only question mark is how long the 'plus' is," House said, adding that "ten years I think is the minimum."

"What we've said many times before and we're confident about is we launched a device that is very, very powerful, that has a whole range of possibilities and that's at the very least a ten-year life-cycle. I know I'm guilty of repeating myself but I think it's always worth pointing out we're still selling PlayStation 2 in its millions around the world, 11 years after it was launched.

"That's different markets and a different profile of consumers but there's still some vibrant demand. That for me bodes extremely well for where the potential of PS3 will go."

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darkwalker  +   661d ago
NEVER!...lol. In all seriousness, probably around the same time PS5 is released.
FrigidDARKNESS  +   661d ago
I would say 2-3 yeosrs. But if Sony start moving all first and third party games to ps4 then it could be sooner.
younglj01  +   661d ago
I think PS3 have a lot of years left because Insomniac Games just released an exclusive title for the PS3.No telling what other studios are working on PS3 exclusive.I show an article a couple days saying most of PS3 titles are prototypes for the PS4.
blanket14  +   661d ago
sony always talks about a 10 year plan so I would guess at least 2016!
blanket14  +   661d ago
http://arstechnica.com/gami... just saying its an old article but pretty much says 10 year plan by jack himself!
GABRIEL1030  +   661d ago
PS3 surpassed to the Xbox 360. With 80 millions of consoles sold Sony has a huge market and maybe the company is behind the magic number of the 100 millions of units to reach the Wii. With amazing games like GTA V, Beyond, Ratchet and Clank, GT6, PS plus and with a little push of a price reduction I think that this could be possible.

Incredible job Sony, the 1st place is still possible.....
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