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Friday, 27 May 2011 08:42

New platform development is already in progress

Written by David Stellmack


Sony sidesteps any additional questions about it
Sony has apparently already started developing a new platform, despite a number of firm denials that the company was considering a future platform. We are now hearing that development of a new PlayStation console was in the works.

During a call with investors, Sony VP Masaru Kato let the cat out of the bag, so to speak. While no details were announced about the PS4, the fact that they are working on it is at least some good news. We believe that the news is to temper the enthusiasm of Sony fans that are excited about the upcoming announcement by Nintendo of the successor to the Wii.

Sony still has to get the NGP platform into release; and of course, the company still believes that the PlayStation 3 has not hit its full potential. It does seem, however, that taking the time to start talking a PS  4 might be something the company needs right now. With all of the negative press surrounding the issues with the PlayStation Network being down, this news is perhaps what customers need to hear to stay loyal to Sony.

What Sony is planning for E3 this year is still up in the air. While we expect an announcement of the launch of NGP, not much else is really know so far, other than a few titles that we are likely to see. Given the fact that it is already looking like Nintendo and Microsoft are bringing their “A” game, we expect Sony to do the same with a number of exciting announcements.

David Stellmack

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+16 #1 Boomstick777 2011-05-27 10:50
After poor sales in 2011, getting hacked, and the PSN disaster, no wonder Sony are rushing out to make a new console!

Hopefully their next console has more than 256mb ram :facepalm:, and a secure network..
 
 
+2 #2 TechHog 2011-05-27 12:29
Looks like a 2013 launch. It also means that E3 2012 should be awesome.

Nintendo better deliver this year at E3 and next year with the launch, in that case. I want all three consoles locked fiercely in a tight competition. I don't want another gen with one console having PS2-type domination...
 
 
+8 #3 Boomstick777 2011-05-27 14:01
Quoting TechHog:
Looks like a 2013 launch. It also means that E3 2012 should be awesome.



Yeah the new Xbox console is to be announced at next years E3, I imagine the new Playstation console will be aswell so as not to be left out. I will be sticking with my PC, looking forward to seeing what the Radeon HD 7000 series and Nvidia 600 series can bring to the table later this year :)

The only new console I might grab is the new Nintendo? And play multiplatform games on the PC :)
 
 
-3 #4 YoYo 2011-05-27 20:35
No surprises here.

All console makers start developing new consoles as soon as the existing one is out of the door, the only real news is that Sony is happy to announce it.

It has been the same routine forever and ever.

I have very little doubt Xbox 3 and PS4 will launch within 12 months of Wii 2 and the existing consoles being remoulded as budget starter consoles.

Its all good. The fact of the matter is, it really HAS been 5 yrs since the current consoles launched and as good as they are, new consoles have SO much more to offer.
 
 
+4 #5 TechHog 2011-05-27 21:58
Quoting YoYo:
No surprises here.

All console makers start developing new consoles as soon as the existing one is out of the door, the only real news is that Sony is happy to announce it.

It has been the same routine forever and ever.

I have very little doubt Xbox 3 and PS4 will launch within 12 months of Wii 2 and the existing consoles being remoulded as budget starter consoles.

Its all good. The fact of the matter is, it really HAS been 5 yrs since the current consoles launched and as good as they are, new consoles have SO much more to offer.

The real news is that they're far enough along that it's significantly affecting the R&D budget.
 
 
-4 #6 yourma2000 2011-05-27 22:10
I thought Sony said the PS3 was a 10 year console? if there is a new console planned for 2013 then the PS3 would only have been around for just over 5 years
 
 
-2 #7 YoYo 2011-05-27 23:09
Quoting TechHog:

The real news is that they're far enough along that it's significantly affecting the R&D budget.


Yes. In effect, Sony have made concrete decisions on 'what' the PS4 is going to be regarding the big architectural decisons (Cell/x86/x64, GPU, Blu ray, storage) having almost certainly been set in stone and beyond the point of no return/redevelopment.

Between today and the PS4's launch, Sonys focus will be on preparing their manufacturing plants, cutting manufacturing costs and maximising component yields with only relatively minor ram levels/storage/ cpu/gpu core count/clock speeds etc being tweaked to that aim.

They will almost certainly have an alpha hardware prototype of the PS4 undergoing testing right now.
 
 
0 #8 YoYo 2011-05-27 23:14
Quoting yourma2000:
I thought Sony said the PS3 was a 10 year console? if there is a new console planned for 2013 then the PS3 would only have been around for just over 5 years


PS3 might have been around for a full ten years as per PSone and PS2 co-existing with their successors had it been anywhere near as successful as its predessors.

PS4 was bound to be released 5-6yrs after the PS3 but more fool you for beliving it would be Sonys sole home consle until 2016.
 
 
+1 #9 TechHog 2011-05-27 23:29
Quoting yourma2000:
I thought Sony said the PS3 was a 10 year console? if there is a new console planned for 2013 then the PS3 would only have been around for just over 5 years

Since when does 7 = 5? I think you need to work on counting...
 

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