Sony exec drops hint about Playstation 4 development

In the past, console hardware companies do a technological refresh and release new game consoles every five or so years. However, the massive worldwide recession that happened in 2008 was a big reason why we haven't seen any new consoles from Nintendo, Sony or Microsoft by now (Microsoft launched the Xbox 360 console in 2005 while Sony and Nintendo launched the Playstation 3 and Wii consoles, respectively, in 2006). Nintendo does plan to release a new game console in 2012 and will reveal more details about the product at E3 in less than two weeks.

Now, Sony is hinting that it has started work on the successor to the Playstation 3. Venture Beat reports that during a conference call to discuss Sony's latest financial results, its chief financial officer Masaru Kato stated, "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.”

That is the most a Sony exec has stated in public about the next version of the Playstation. However, that doesn't mean that the company is dumping support for the PS3 anytime soon. Indeed it's likely that the PS3 will have as long of a shelf life, if not longer, than Sony's Playstation 2 console which is still being made and supported over 10 years after its launch in Japan in March 2000.

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I wonder how much money they're going to invest this time around on the copy protection that's going to be embedded into this thing...compared with what little money they've spent to secure their customers' information?

so what do you cant get your network up for weeks and ppl are pointing and laughing at you?

tease everyone about a new console!

that should make ppl forget about the past 2 months.

downhillrider said,
so what do you cant get your network up for weeks and ppl are pointing and laughing at you?

tease everyone about a new console!

that should make ppl forget about the past 2 months.

2 months?... where did you get that number from?

There was also an open call to tier 1 developers a while back by Sony to get them to ask for features they'd like to see in the next console.

They do need an easier SDK to work with. Otherwise everything PS will be based on CryEngine vNext with it's awesome multiplatform capabilities.

I don't know where I read it and maybe the source was crap and it was all BS but I seem to recall some time ago when devs were complaining about how hard the PS3 was to develop for that Sony said that the PS4 would feature an evolution of the cell processors (die shrink, MHz change, more SPE's, PowerXCell 8i double FPU improvements, etc.) so their investment in learning the system would span console generations. If that wasn't just some wet dream on some web page I surfed to then that would have been a much earlier announcement about the next version PlayStation.

Asmodai said,
I don't know where I read it and maybe the source was crap and it was all BS but I seem to recall some time ago when devs were complaining about how hard the PS3 was to develop for that Sony said that the PS4 would feature an evolution of the cell processors (die shrink, MHz change, more SPE's, PowerXCell 8i double FPU improvements, etc.) so their investment in learning the system would span console generations. If that wasn't just some wet dream on some web page I surfed to then that would have been a much earlier announcement about the next version PlayStation.

I have read this too, and I hope it would be true, as it would nullify the necessity to have extra hardware in order to be backwards compatible. But I have my doubts, as I recall them saying the same things about the Emotion Engine on the PS2 evolving for future generations.

ahhell said,
What about the TEN YEAR LIFESPAN?
Oh right that was complete Sony PR BS.

You seem to be getting confused here, the PS3 and PS4 can coexist, just like PS2 and PS3 right now...

ahhell said,
What about the TEN YEAR LIFESPAN?
Oh right that was complete Sony PR BS.

As Mr. Toast said, you seem to be under the illusion that they must immediately stop selling the PS3 the moment the PS4 comes out. Comment fail.

PS4 Specs

8GB RAM - will be downgraded to 4GB later when slim version comes out due to "costs"
4 USB ports, ethernet, Wireless controllers, SD Cards - all removed due to "costs"
WiFi A/B/G/N - a/b/g removed due to "costs"
Blac-Ray - since blu-ray wasn't working they took out the laser and went to all digital to save on "costs"
1TB hard drive - user replaceable..... later changed to 500GB and made non-user replaceable due to "piracy"
full 1080p via Thunderbolt connector, they ditched HDMI since its not new and only the rich can afford new Thunderbolt tv's

controllers that are a copy of Kinect, but you have to play witin 2 ft of it due to crappy Sony CCD camera in it

DPyro said,
Um, other than the HDD and non-essentials, you cannot downgrade the specs of a console once it's released.

Four letter word starting with J, and finishing with OKE, google it.

Stewart Gilligan Griffin said,
PS4 Specs

8GB RAM - will be downgraded to 4GB later when slim version comes out due to "costs"
4 USB ports, ethernet, Wireless controllers, SD Cards - all removed due to "costs"
WiFi A/B/G/N - a/b/g removed due to "costs"
Blac-Ray - since blu-ray wasn't working they took out the laser and went to all digital to save on "costs"
1TB hard drive - user replaceable..... later changed to 500GB and made non-user replaceable due to "piracy"
full 1080p via Thunderbolt connector, they ditched HDMI since its not new and only the rich can afford new Thunderbolt tv's

controllers that are a copy of Kinect, but you have to play witin 2 ft of it due to crappy Sony CCD camera in it


what are you smoking?

carson2255 said,

what are you smoking?

That good ****!! and he's on point with this one. If you can't see the trend between his post and what Sony actually did with the ps3 than you sir need to take off you fanboy glasses.

Stewart Gilligan Griffin said,
full 1080p via Thunderbolt connector, they ditched HDMI since its not new and only the rich can afford new Thunderbolt tv's

Obvious troll is obvious, but Thunderbolt outputs HDMI.

Try harder next time.

lunarworks said,

Obvious troll is obvious, but Thunderbolt outputs HDMI.

Try harder next time.

troll? seriously? I don't even play video games... how am I trolling? I was just making a joke about the fact sony puts out tons of features then removes them one at a time as they revise their hardware for "cost reasons".... when PS3 came out it had a LOT more then it does now.... and it slowly dropped them one at a time

Anyone else think the PS4 will flop given Sony's issues lately and the general feel that a ton of people have it out for them and will do all they can to take them down?

It'd be their first flop in the console department, so, anything's possible. But, being that Blu-ray is now becoming almost a mainstream price that almost ensures the PS4 won't be $600 at release but crazier things have happened.

Dermot said,
I'd love to see Sega re-enter the console market.

Sega ruled my gaming childhood, 8,16bit mayhem.

Pshhh... NES and SNES were way better.

Shadrack said,
Pshhh... NES and SNES were way better.

No way, genesis kicked nintendo around the block.... especially if you only wanted 16bit colour and blast processing.

Now if you wanted true 24bit colour than Nintendo might have been the option for you. Unfortunately the blood in mortal kombat on the SNES was yellow, so guess politics played in as much back then as technology.

ahhell said,
Wee bit early for specs, isn't it?

To suggest that it's too early to release specs implies that you know how far along they are in the development process. I'm guessing you don't.

eh thats not news, everyone is always working on the next best thing...... now news would be Sega plans a new console that will beat them all as they re-enter the console market!

Stewart Gilligan Griffin said,
eh thats not news, everyone is always working on the next best thing...... now news would be Sega plans a new console that will beat them all as they re-enter the console market!

Now that would be great news. If only EA doesn't boycott them again...

sviola said,

Now that would be great news. If only EA doesn't boycott them again...

EA boycott them? what for?