Crytek: "PS4 will be here in 2012"
Singapore, Games Convention Asia and Crytek's Cevat Yerli has made his opinion known regarding when we should expect to see Sony's next combatant in the console wars.
Edge Online reports that delivering his keynote speech, Yerli focused on what his company knows best, graphics, and posited how the graphical domain will evolve over the next five years and what his company plans to do to stay one step ahead of it. Claiming that the progression of consoles now hold to key to these graphical advancements, Yerli admits that one of the essential variables in this plan is knowing when the next line of hardware will be available. Admitting that he's asked Sony (who expectantly responded with stony silence) Crytek have postulated that the year we should be marking in our calendars is 2011 or, more likely, 2012.
It's intriguing to note that during this current era of seventh generation game consoles as developers start to fully unlock the secrets of the current hardware, a company of Crytek's pedigree appear to be backing Sony for the future. Yerli comments: "Frankly we are linking ourselves to the PS4" when discussing how advances in rendering and multi-core programming will see "a new style that will rival CGI."
Of course, if you look at the historical pattern of Sony hardware releases you'd be forgiven to believe that the PS4 might be here in 2010. Taking into account the PS3's infamous ten year plan however you may have already revised your expectations and reckon 2016 is a more likely candidate for the next hardware iteration. Of course, we all know that Sony will not be resting on their laurels and having a ten year plan does not discount the possibility of launching a successor to the PS3 before the end of the current console's life span. After all, you only have to judge recent PS2 sales figures to identify that there will always be an overlap of hardware with early adopters moving on to the next big thing while other regions start to gravitate to older consoles (with bigger libraries) as prices come down accordingly.
What's certain is that there will be a follow-up to the PS3. We can all proffer our learned guesses but after such a leap in scope between the PS2 and PS3 the bigger question must not be when but what? What could the PS4 possibly offer that the current PS3 could not? Will the gap in functionality between the PS3 and PS4 be more akin to the step-up between the PS1 and PS2, an evolution mostly in the area of graphical power? We shall see.
Source: Edge Online