Sony won't abandon PS3

Transition between consoles will be gradual.

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Sony has reassured PS3 owners that they won't be abandoning the console when they launch their next-gen offering at the end of this year. Set to be released in November, the Playstation 4 is launching in the UK with a price tag of £349.99.

Sony Japan president Hiroshi Kawano has moved to reassure fans that the platform holder will continue to support the current-gen console after the launch of PS4. In an interview with Famitsu (and translated by Kotaku), Kawano said: "It's been seven years since the release of the PS3 and the console continues to sell at a constant pace, plus we have many upcoming titles. We have no intention of immediately shifting from the PS3 to the PS4."

"With the 2014 launch of our cloud service in the US allowing users to play PS3 games on the PS4, some people may switch consoles from the PS3 to the PS4," Kawano added. "But that'll be a gradual process, and to say ‘we're releasing a new console, so trade in your old ones for it' would be a maker's ego talking, plain and simple."

Sony won't abandon PS3

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