In an interview with IGN Tretton said, “I don’t want to be thinking about trying to launch new technology anytime soon,” and that it would be “very distracting” to talk about the next-gen this year.
“In terms of when you talk about [the next generation] and when you announce it, it really depends on the health of the existing platform and the other things you have going on,” he said. “And right now, we’re focused on PlayStation 3, and I’ve got another platform [Vita] to get out the door in seven days, so I don’t want to be thinking about trying to launch new technology any time soon. I want to focus all our energy on our console business, which is really just hitting its stride, and Vita, which really deserves a dedicated push from us.”
“I, quite frankly, would be very distracted if I had to be talking about next generation hardware this year,” he added.
EGM’s TAKE: Well it’s looking increasingly likely that we won’t be seeing a PlayStation 4 announcement this year. Considering that the Vita is launching this year perhaps the company doesn’t want to overshadow it’s new hardware before it’s had a chance to shine. When you consider how busy E3 is set to be this year, with the Wii U and a possible next Xbox announcement, along with plenty of top software, it may be in Sony’s best interests to hang back and wait until it can have the world’s full attention. We’re personally hoping that this is just some elaborate plot to throw us off the scent, but in our hearts we know that not to be true.