Sony: PS4 is 'in development'
Posted: 27.05.2011 05:33 by Comments: 24
During an investor call, Sony's executive vice president and chief financial officer Masaru Kato stated that a "future platform" to follow the PS3 was "already under way".

Kato stated during the call: "For the home equipment the PS3 still has a product life. but this is a platform business, so for the future platform - when we'll be introducing what product I cannot discuss that - but our development work is already under way, so the costs are incurred there."

Of course, this could be a line fed to investors questioning Sony that if Nintendo was releasing a new console, where was Sony's? Three months ago, Sony Computer Entertainment boss Kaz Hirai flatly stated that development on the PlayStation 4 was on the "backburner" as the company focused on the NGP.

Let us know what you think.
Source: Eurogamer


By FoolWolf (SI Elite) on May 27, 2011
Not so suprisingly - a new PS machine is on the way. With all the hacks and everything the PS3 is soon to be dead in the waters. They gone to far in the bastion thinking - and loosing the wars of the consumer experience. Hope - but don't think - this will change with the new PS4.
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on May 29, 2011
Don't think this will improve things for Sony, and to be honest it's a little fast. The PS3 was behind in release mostly with Nintendo but also with XB 360...perhaps they want to make up for that error. Believing in a console shelf life as they did with the PS2 is all well and good, but puts them firmly behind the competition. The new Nintendo console, along with the persistent hacks must have Sony bosses a little worried.
By PowerJack (SI Elite) on May 27, 2011
Not surprising, they might even change its name.
By VHugoSama (SI Core) on May 27, 2011
Not really a surprise, besides with all that is happening with the PS3 is the only smart and responsible thing to do, time to move on and if possible not commit the same mistakes again.
By Eversor (SI Elite) on May 27, 2011
Maybe so on the worried part.
By Knave (SI Core) on May 27, 2011
It's really too bad, because the Ps3 is the only console which has not reached it's hardware limit yet. There's still a lot devs can do with a ps3, oh well.
By bosnian_dragon (SI Core) on May 27, 2011
Nothing surprising, indeed. But that gives us hope that PS4 (or whatever it's gonna be called) will have fixed some errors from the past.
By Thibby (SI Core Veteran) on May 27, 2011
They just don't have to make it cost 600 euros from the start, if they make it cost 300 it will sell really good, everything above that is just too much.
By JonahFalcon (SI Elite) on May 27, 2011
@Knave: No console ever reaches its hardware limit. Ever. Even the 2600 still has had some stuff released recently that outstrips what was previously thought it could handle.
By Revan (SI Elite) on May 28, 2011
Not surprised. I'm pretty sure they've been working on the PS4 the second the PS3 was released. I guess Sony will have to step up now that M$ is talking about a new Xbox.
And that whole hacking thing might've had a little to do with it as well. :)
By Eversor (SI Elite) on May 28, 2011
Of course they have to step up. Technology is always on the move, even if you have just released the latest gadget.
By bosnian_dragon (SI Core) on May 28, 2011
I wonder when will they actually slow down the advance of technology? :) I'm not trying to be a hater or anything, I'm just asking myself so many times, why do we need to advance so fast :) Some people didn't even get to experience windows 7 and they're already working on the next windows. I, for instance, haven't EVER played Xbox before because no one of my friends has it, but I was wondering maybe I should buy myself a good console, and I was thinking of PS3, but now it turns out I shouldn't buy it since there is already a new PS coming soon. Why can't people just enjoy it for 10 years and then if they want, let's make something new :) It's just beyond me why do people want to push the limits every day :) Life is long enough I mean, why can't people live and enjoy the moment with what they have, without dreaming about the next gen console the moment they buy the current one.
By PowerJack (SI Elite) on May 28, 2011
If they don't advance the technology fast the games wont evolve.
Though if you take the graphics from the games they are mostly the same as games 10-20 years ago.
By FoolWolf (SI Elite) on May 28, 2011
I think that the latest console generation has been pretty decent - I think that Xbox 360 will be strong next year and even into 2013 - that gives that one a pretty long cycle.
By K3Spice (SI Core) on May 28, 2011
Cannot wait for graphics to look like current big budget movie quality CGI...
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on May 29, 2011
Won't be long as they're already working on the software and the hardware to do so. So far in the works are plans to make video gaming based on a central media console (the size of a small coffee table so far) that will handle all Internet and media applications - ie. no more PC's or gaming consoles.
There will also be no hard discs either as the media will be streamed directly to the media centre via satellite (as it will be shortly in cinemas).
Sounds far out, but several companies who manufacture hardware are already working on it. One has so far developed an 80-Core CPU that was already in testing phase 2 years ago.
By FoolWolf (SI Elite) on May 29, 2011
Yeah, I remember those tables you mention. The first videos of them looked like space-age indeed. Wonder if they will really be what they go for or if they are so expansive they will look into hologram technology more or on-retina displays.
By Eversor (SI Elite) on May 29, 2011
Probably will be VERY expensive. Many $ 1,0o0's most likely. Even if this was released ten years from now, it will be limited to people of higher status.
By PowerJack (SI Elite) on May 29, 2011
As long as they don't start making cuts on the performance because its too expensive I think the PS4 will be ok.
By JonahFalcon (SI Elite) on May 29, 2011
By FoolWolf (SI Elite) on May 29, 2011
Interesting article and debacle Jonah, but still - they are most likely working their asses off - they are just not close to a presentation yet.
By bosnian_dragon (SI Core) on May 29, 2011
@herodot - That type of innovations make me freak out, in a very negative way... But I'm just one compared to millions who can't wait for that to be available to them. :/
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on May 31, 2011
Plenty of tin foil to wrap over your head to go around, bosnian:)
By FoolWolf (SI Elite) on May 31, 2011
Not to forget that there already is active tech around you that can track you via smartphone and geo-locations and send you streamed or updated deals of the day - or check out where you are, what you are doing with your phone. There is a plus, ask the lady that were trying out her new iPhone security app when a thief stole her iPhone - and a quick call later back to the office and two laughing polices later that returned the phone - there are benefits as well...