In an investors’ conference call conducted on Wednesday, Sony executive vice president and chief financial officer Masaru Kato declared that Sony is now working on its PlayStation. The announcement came after Nintendo confirmed that “Project Cafe”, its forthcoming gaming console, will be released by next month, during the E3 2011.
The company’s research and development costs have been growing, and when asked about it, Kato puts the blame on the PS3’s successor who had a big spending spree. Kato said, “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.”
Developers have now received prototype development kits for the next-generation Xbox console of Microsoft. Shuhei Yoshida, head of Sony’s global games development team, said, “Probably we should watch these companies, in my opinion. Because PS3 was later than Xbox, and is more powerful, so it has a longer lifespan.”
Optical media and 3D were some of the probable features of PlayStation 4, as indicated by earlier reports.
“We do business in parts of the world where network infrastructure isn’t as robust as one would hope. There’s always going to be requirement for a business of our size and scope to have a physical medium,” said Hirai in the previous year.
Reports came up back in December 2009 that Sony was shopping around for options to the Cell architecture based on the level of frustrations submitted by the present PlayStation 3 developers.
Rumors also surfaced about the use of Intel’s Larrabee GPGPU next to the Cell and the use of a modified, upgraded version of the Cell processor that could enable SPUs direct access to the main memory, which could allow developers to program for a single memory space.
The “future platform” has now been reveled to the public, and soon enough Sony may be releasing the PS4 console by next month at E3 2011, stealing some of Nintendo’s “new console” moment.