PS3 Set To Dominate In Three To Five Years

Former Sony Europe president David Reeves (he retired last Friday) told Games Industry in an interview last week that although the PlayStation 3 isn’t dominating the video game industry today, it will–in three to five years.

“I don’t think it will be next year, but in three to five years (the PlayStation 3) will become dominant on the market,” Reeves told the publication. “The legacy will be that people will see a tortoise and hare situation. In a way, in the end it will be a dead heat. People will say ‘PS3 took a while to get going, but it really caught up very quickly and confounded many of the critics from the first year.’

Sony representatives have consistently said that they have a “10-year plan” for the PlayStation 3. Sony’s Kaz Hirai has said that that kind of lasting power is what the consumer really cares about.

But the idea of a “10-year life cycle” is a red herring. Sony made the same claims about the PlayStation 2, but released the PlayStation 3 six years into its predecessor’s life cycle. Assuming Sony sticks to that same schedule, it’s entirely possible that the PlayStation 4 will hit store shelves sometime in 2012–the very earliest point, according to Reeves, that the PlayStation 3 could be “dominant.” If the PlayStation 3 is really on a 10-year plan, why should Sony release any console before that time is up?

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~ by The Paranoid Gamer on May 10, 2009.

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