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EA Head Of Tech Foresees PS3.5 Before PS4

Addressing the Hot Chips Conference at Stanford, Rich Hilleman, the chief creative officer at game publisher Electronic Arts, forecasted that both Sony and Microsoft will roll out their new game consoles in stages, instead of launching a new console, according to website Venturebeat.

He suggested that the companies would move ahead with advanced versions of their existing consoles, rather than coming up with entirely new consoles, and asserted that he was expecting a PlayStation 3.5 as well as Xbox 560, before PS4 and Xbox 720.

Along the same line, he said in a statement, “I expected we’ll see a PlayStation 3.5 before we see a PlayStation 4 and an Xbox 560 before we see an Xbox 720. The biggest shift is how fast packaged goods games are changing and going away”.

He backed this statement by explaining how both the tech giants Sony and Microsoft, had troubles introducing the existing generation of game consoles and possibly not looking forward to launch new consoles in the near future.

However, it seems that the inclusion of motion-capture gaming will be driving the console upgrades. Incidentally, Sony Motion Control system as well as Microsoft’s Project Natal, the new motion-gaming technologies, could be the type of upgrade Mr Hilleman was projecting.

Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.