Playstation 4 games in development says Sony

The most recent edition of Game Informer Australia magazine is claiming that Sony has told them that developers are preparing games for the currently unanounced Playstation 4. 

The existence of the Playstation 4 has been predicted by many gaming-industry analysts, and is said to be releasing in 2012. This is no means a direct announcement of the new device, but it is an indication that Sony is preparing its publishing partners for the release. As a standard game can take anywhere between 2-4 years to be properly developed, it is necessary for developers to know the specifications for a new console well before the public finds out about it.

A development cycle for the launch games can be as little as two years, this is pointing towards a 2012 release for the console. As the Playstation 3 will be at a grand old age of 6 at this time, it is not unlikely that this will be the year the console launches. So this claim by Game Informer may be true, giving us an even greater indication that Sony is actively pursuing the follow up to the Playstation 3. It is more than likely just developers being given information about the possible specification for the device, allowing them an opportunity to properly develop games for the device well before the actual console is announced. 

Source: Game Informer Australia Issue #9

Source: Game Informer Australia Issue #9

The snippet (seen above) is part of the magazines 'Bite Size' segment, which is the location for all the news that has happened in the past month. This is a news section for the magazine, not a rumor section, so the information is possible. 

It is a not very likely at all that Sony will announce the successor to the Playstation 3 anytime this year, but an announcement next year is increasingly being true as more and more rumors come to light, only time will tell.

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I hope they make it easy to migrate from a PS3 to the PS4 when it does come out. That's my biggest fear about the next gen consoles. Never before did I have to worry about downloadable games I purchased or television shows that I bought downloads of only being available on the old console. I would say that it's a no-duh situation, but I figured PS2 backwards compatibility was a no-duh feature too...

I was thinking about buying PS3, 360 or Wii... But no way I'm getting owned by these guys releasing a new console. I rather wait till the 8th gen consoles are out there. Till then I'll play abbandonware XD

Time for a new name sony.. Otherwise you will end up with aol's naming convention. Bring on Playstation 10! Wooohooo... Least Nintendo changes there console's image. Microsoft tries a little with at least adding a 360 to the end. Sony... Playstation 1, Playstation 2, Playstation 3, ooo Playstation 4... have some creativity.

I read not too long ago (some time in May) that Sony Computer Entertainment Europe President Andrew House was claiming that game devs still aren''t even utilising the PS3s complete hardware capabilities. Sony chief Kaz Hirai said developing for the PS3 was intentionally made difficult to encourage better qality games (I'm paraphrasing, but that's basically what he was getting at).

Also "in delveopment" can mean a lot of things. It could mean it's all purely hypothetical, speculation or brainstorming types of "development"

I play very little but have owned all 3 current consoles. Got rid of the Xbox, as there was nothing in the pipeline I was interested in.

The games I've enjoyed the most are mostly on the PS3: Uncharted 1 and 2, MGS 4, Heavy Rain. Little Big Planet is also great for kids. The only thing not on the PS3 that I would have missed is Mass Effect.

crabnebula said,
I play very little but have owned all 3 current consoles. Got rid of the Xbox, as there was nothing in the pipeline I was interested in.

The games I've enjoyed the most are mostly on the PS3: Uncharted 1 and 2, MGS 4, Heavy Rain. Little Big Planet is also great for kids. The only thing not on the PS3 that I would have missed is Mass Effect.


Mass Effect 2 is coming to the PS3.

I have yet to see a game on the PS3 that makes me want to actually own one and now there is talk of a new one? I will wait

I will also LOL so hard if it comes out in a white box not much larger than a few DVDs with move as the primary control system

Piracy or bust.

The popularity (and the amount of sales) of a console (usually if not always) is proportional to the piracy.

"As a standard game can take anywhere between 2-4 years to be properly developed, it is necessary for developers to know the specifications for a new console well before the public finds out about it."

Ahahah, spec for the PS3 was changing every 6 months until the release ! Even the RSX was a last minute addition !

Do we need a PS4... It will likely just be Move Based... A.K.A an even pricier Wii.

I think I'll wait for the Wii2/ Next XBOX. That's better worth the money.

Sony stated a few weeks ago that they want developers in on the design of the PS4, partially to prevent all the complaining about difficulty in using the SDK. And stop with all the "PS3 is doing so bad they have to do this stuff", the gap between the 360 and PS3 is now well under 3 million worldwide and software sales have picked up. The 360 still has the lead, and were it not for the RRoD probably would have run away with this generation, but the PS3 is by no means out of contention and is still home to some of the best exclusives of this generation. Considering how lame MS E3 was, I'm thankful Sony is still in the hunt.

CRTrials said,
Will Gran Tourismo 5 be the launch title :-p

Seeing as that's releasing in November - I'd say Gran Turismo 6. Wait, no... Gran Turismo 6 Prologue

Digitalx said,
more like 2014 at the earliest if that, definitely won't be 2012 that's for sure.

I'd say 2013 is possible, but yeah I doubt it'll be 2012.

So soon!?!?! It would be ONLY 6 years after ... Sony would go against their 10year policy, ... that would only show how much desperate are they

SHADOW-XIII said,
So soon!?!?! It would be ONLY 6 years after ... Sony would go against their 10year policy, ... that would only show how much desperate are they

The 10 year policy is only that they will continue to support it with games for 10 years...it says nothing about releasing new consoles within that 10 years. In fact, PS2 has had a >10 year life even though the PS3 was released 5/6 years in

SHADOW-XIII said,
So soon!?!?! It would be ONLY 6 years after ... Sony would go against their 10year policy, ... that would only show how much desperate are they

Super NES - 10+ years. Its successor was released six years after the Super NES. So a 10-year cycle, with the successor being released just beyond half way through that lifetime, is perfectly possible and has been done before.

SHADOW-XIII said,
So soon!?!?! It would be ONLY 6 years after ... Sony would go against their 10year policy, ... that would only show how much desperate are they

if they release it in 2012

doesn't mean they will pull PS3 from the market , they will continue to support for few years
until more people migrate to their new platform

Didn't Sony once claim that the PS3 was so advanced that it would be over a decade before a new PS came out? Or something to that effect?

Sraf said,
Didn't Sony once claim that the PS3 was so advanced that it would be over a decade before a new PS came out? Or something to that effect?

Yep. I believe both Coocoo-Ken and Kaz said that it has a 10 year life span minimum.

ahhell said,

Yep. I believe both Coocoo-Ken and Kaz said that it has a 10 year life span minimum.

This does not mean the PS4 will not release before that, the PS2 is still at retail, thus it has met its 10 year life cycle, the PS3 will be run simultaneously with the PS4 just like the PS3/4.

Sraf said,
Didn't Sony once claim that the PS3 was so advanced that it would be over a decade before a new PS came out? Or something to that effect?

Sony really have no idea what they are doing this generation. It's only around 3 years ago where they stopped the talk and showed real top quality games.

With how badly the PS3 is currently doing, they are probably better off scrapping it and releasing a better consoles.

JustinN said,
With how badly the PS3 is currently doing, they are probably better off scrapping it and releasing a better consoles.

They aren't doing that bad.

Redestium said,

They aren't doing that bad.

People started off buying their consoles mostly as a cheap BluRay player - as such, not that many game titles have hit their console. On top of which, as a games developer, the SDK for the PS3 is far more difficult to work with than any other console. They spent a lot of time on making the hardware, and next to no time on the SDK for developers. Many years later, a few game engines have been developed to encompass their SDK to ease development vastly.

So personally, I still believe their not doing all that well - as tech has changed a fair bit over the last few years, and they've already done the "slim" version of the console, they may aswell start working on their next console, and learn from their initial mistakes.

JustinN said,

People started off buying their consoles mostly as a cheap BluRay player - as such, not that many game titles have hit their console. On top of which, as a games developer, the SDK for the PS3 is far more difficult to work with than any other console. They spent a lot of time on making the hardware, and next to no time on the SDK for developers. Many years later, a few game engines have been developed to encompass their SDK to ease development vastly.

So personally, I still believe their not doing all that well - as tech has changed a fair bit over the last few years, and they've already done the "slim" version of the console, they may aswell start working on their next console, and learn from their initial mistakes.

I know about the SDK being less good than Microsoft, but there's still a bunch of games (either ports or exclusives) out there. I don't think they're doing bad at all. They just don't have all the money, marketing and easyiness Microsoft has with their partners.

shakey said,
nooo, i just got my ps3! lol

If it makes you feel better, you still have a few years of life left in it. Do you really want to buy a ps4 at release date at a huge price anyway?

qwexor said,

If it makes you feel better, you still have a few years of life left in it. Do you really want to buy a ps4 at release date at a huge price anyway?

Sure don't, but I would like to keep playing new games on this for more than a couple years

Jan said,
I doubt it, I'd expect development to start in a few months or a year.

Its not hard to believe. I did not expect them to wait a few years.