Jack Tretton, CEO and president of Sony Computer Entertainment America has said that he is far too occupied with supporting the PlayStation 3 and pushing the PlayStation Vita to even think about launching new technology.
In an interview with IGN, Tretton was asked about rumour of an impending PS4 reveal, to which he responded by saying although Sony is always thinking about what's next, it's currently only concerning itself with the PS3 and Vita.
"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 (PlayStation Vita) to get out the door in seven days, so I don't want to be thinking about trying to launch new technology anytime 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."
Tretton finished by remarking that having to juggle another platform this year would be 'distracting', suggesting we might not see the PS4 this year at all.
"I, quite frankly, would be very distracted if I had to be talking about next generation hardware this year."
Early reports have suggested that the PS4 will be 'more powerful' than Microsoft's next-generation hardware.