Gamers and industry experts have long awaited the official word on the plans for the next generation of consoles. We know Nintendo is releasing the Wii U next year but Sony and Microsoft have remained tight-lipped on their next-gen consoles.
According to inside sources in the latest reports, several internal Sony studios have already begun preliminary work on PlayStation 4 games. There was however, no information on which of Sony’s 16 studios were working on the secret projects.
2014 has been the key year for gamers regarding the next PlayStation console release, especially after Bethesda developer Todd Howard stated that there was no immediate hurry for either Sony or Microsoft to switch to new hardware, considering the current gaming experience was more than satisfying the consumer demand.
But since Howard made his comments, industry insiders predict Microsoft to unveil their next Xbox at E3 in 2013 and release it a short time later. Develop, who broke the Xbox 720 story earlier today, is also the source of the PlayStation 4 development.
Would the Xbox 720 unveiling next year or the year after push up the release date for the PS4?
As a general business practice, Sony likes to remain engaged in R&D work on future platforms. Work on the Vita began almost immediately upon the release of the PSP in 2005. Upon receiving the go-ahead, production on the PS4 games currently underway at the undisclosed studios could swing into full action.
The PlayStation 3 still remains a very popular console and still is a very powerful machine – made even better by the recent PS3 price drop. In speaking with Develop, Epic president Mike Capps said building the next generation of commercial hardware would not be an easy task. He added, “I mean, PS3 is still very bad-ass.”
Whatever the case is, it is obvious that Sony doesn’t have all the details ironed out on what the PlayStation 4 will be exactly. Not that they have to have their minds made up here in 2011 though, but considering the sales figures of these consoles, it will be imperative for Sony to stay on pace with Microsoft and their continued development for the Xbox 720. Sony cannot afford to have its next console released a year after Microsoft’s.
In an industry where perception can often be reality, Sony could be perceived as operating from a position of weakness if there is no PS4 unveiling at the 2013 E3 while Microsoft receives all the accolades. Obviously, we are still 20+ months away from that event. It will be interesting to follow the developments in the coming months.
Loyal readers, are you anxious for the PS4? Considering what we know about current consoles, what would you expect out of the next generation of consoles? Keep it tuned to Game Rant for further information.
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