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Sony Confirms Work On 'Future Platform'

Matt Gardner
Games consoles, News, Next-gen, NGP, Playstation 4, Sony

Sony Confirms Work On 'Future Platform'

Despite Kaz Hirai's comments to the contrary earlier this year, when he suggested that a next-gen console wasn't even something Sony were 'even debating' at that point in time, Sony’s VP and CFO Masaru Kato let slip that the development process for a future console is well underway during an investors call yesterday morning.

'We have a portable, NGP, to be launched later this year, so we have development expenses to be incurred for this product. And for the home equipment, the PS3, this still has a product life, but this is a platform business,' said Kato. 'So for the future platform, when we will be introducing what product I cannot discuss that, but our development work is already underway and the costs are incurred there.'

Hirai stressed back in March that the PS3's 10-year life cycle wasn't 'even at the halfway point', but pressure from Nintendo, who look set to announce Project Cafe at E3 next month, and Microsoft, who are believed to have already begun supplying developers with initial dev kits for the new Xbox, might well have forced their hand. [via EG]

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Goity  May. 27, 2011 at 10:20

To be fair they could have said this back in 2006. They're always going to be working on the next platform in some shape or form.

Bob  May. 27, 2011 at 11:09

Just what I was going to say. At this stage 'incurring development costs' could mean anything from 'The Playstation 4 is ready to go!' down to 'We held a focus group where people told us what they'd like in a future console'.

Gunn  May. 27, 2011 at 12:10

Yeah and I think everyone would be in big shock if Sony brought some sort of hardware for the ps4 to E3.

Josh Clark  May. 27, 2011 at 21:47

All that being said, I think Nintendo having a new console ready to reveal to the gaming public, and Microsoft no doubt beavering away on their own next-gen hardware, Sony have to have a pretty fixed idea on where they're taking the next Playstation.

Besides, after everything Sony have been through over the last couple of months, wiping the slate clean and starting again might seem quite appealing...

sean  May. 28, 2011 at 12:25

I'm sure they're just mentioning this so as to not look like they're getting left behind in the race to next gen. However the Nintendo offering is not next gen technology, it will only still be current generation technology.

So they're only really keeping up with MS's hearsay.


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