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SCEE's CEO and President provides the strongest indication yet of Sony's PS4 intentions...
With Nintendo's next-gen Wii U console confirmed for launch next year, and rumours strongly pointing towards a 2012 announcement at the very least for Microsoft's next Xbox, the one remaining platform holder has so far managed to avoid any heavy doses of speculation surrounding an estimated time or arrival for its next console.
But now Sony Computer Entertainment Europe's President and CEO, Jim Ryan has provided a clear indication of the company's intentions with the PlayStation 4 against those of its competitors: "I think we would consider it undesirable to be significantly later than the competition [with the next PlayStation]," Ryan told Eurogamer.
This comment pangs of lessons learned from the PS3's launch, which initially left the console considerably behind the curve on sales when it was released a full year after the Xbox 360 worldwide (with a further four-month delay suffered in Europe).
That's not to suggest that Sony is going back on its '10-year plan' for the PS3 though. As with the original PlayStation and PS2, the company remains adamant that the lion's share of PS3 sales are still to come:
"There's still a lot of unfinished business on PS3," said Ryan.
"If you look at PlayStation 2, now in excess of 150m units installed globally, a huge majority of that was done at price points of £120 or lower. [With PS3] we've only just hit £199 in the UK, so clearly there's a considerable untapped part of the market there," he added.
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