PS Plus will have a "prominent role" on PS4; PS3 releases may go beyond 2014

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Sony Europe president Jim Ryan has emphasized that the PS Plus program will be around for the longhaul, and is expected to play a prominent role” in the Playstation 4 era.

In an interview on the PS Europe Blog, Ryan stated that the service is considered a core part of the way forward” for Sony – though he didn't go into any specifics on future plans. Ryan added that the company is very happy” with the well-received PS Plus.

The SCEE president also revealed that the firm has the PS3 in mind for its release schedule well after the PS4's launch this holiday season.

PS3 is a very important part of our portfolio, certainly in 2013, 2014 and probably beyond that,” Ryan said.