Sony expect Microsoft and Nintendo to move first in next-gen console race

Sony believes that Microsoft and Nintendo will launch their next generation of consoles long before PlayStation 4 hits shelves.

None of the “big three” platform holders have publicly discussed their next consoles, nor do they seem in any rush to do so. Since Wii proved that innovative experiences are more eagerly sought-after by consumers than merely improved graphics, the arms race for beefier tech has slowed somewhat.

Regardless, Sony’s Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida has told Develop that despite the PS3 being available for four years, it still has a “longer lifecycle” than either Xbox 360 or Wii.

“Naturally, in my opinion, Microsoft will make the first move,” said Yoshida. “Or, because Nintendo’s approach was not to upgrade much on its basic hardware – Wii doesn’t even support HD resolution – so they might be the first to move.

“Probably we should watch these companies, in my opinion. Because PS3 was later than Xbox, and is more powerful, so it has a longer lifespan.”

Perhaps Yoshida is right, it is likely we will see the new Xbox before the PS4. But with product director Aaron Greenberg telling CVG that he expected Kinect to add five years to the console’s life-cycle, don’t count on it being any time soon.

Our bet is on Nintendo.