If you were wondering when we would see the next generation PlayStation console, and whether one actually existed, Sony has confirmed that development of the PlayStation 4 as already started.
Sony’s executive vice president and CFO, Masaru Kato revealed the information in a recent conference call to investors, when he was asked to explain why there was an increase in the amount of money being spent on research and development.
“For the home equipment the PS3 still has a product life,” he said, “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.”
This information conflicts with what we heard previously from Sony’s Computer Entertainment boss, Kaz Hirai, who said that the following about the PS4 “a near-future PS4 or next-generation home console is not something that we are even debating now”.
We wonder when Sony intend to introduce the new PlayStation 4, we doubt we will see it this year, but with rumors of Microsoft and Nintendo working on next generation consoles we could easily see the PlayStation 4 launch some time in 2012.