What’s this? Actual next generation news as opposed to “he said, she said” rumors? That’s right everyone; Sony has broken its silence on the PlayStation 4 and actually revealed something – albeit a minor something – about their plans. Sony Computer Entertainment Europe EVP and COO Jim Ryan said that it would be “undesirable” for the PS4 to lag behind the launches of its competition as its predecessor did in relation to the Xbox 360.
Ryan made the statement Wednesday during a London press event for the PlayStation Vita. “I think we would consider it undesirable to be significantly later than the competition [with the launch of the next PlayStation],” he said on Eurogamer TV.
Nintendo has made crystal clear their intentions to launch the Wii U at some point during the second half of 2012. On the Microsoft front, we’ve heard plenty of rumors alleging that the Xbox Loop (or 720 if you prefer) is likely to arrive either next year or the year after. Things have been hush-hush from the Sony camp in comparison, with nothing but a rumor popping up on Edge of an in-house studio turning exclusively to work on PS4 game development coming to surface. The unknown studio is also said to be aiding Sony in creating the console’s graphics system.
In the wake of recent news that Guerrilla Games is cranking away at a Killzone follow-up, Eurogamer connected the dots and came to the conclusion that they could very well be the studio that has moved onto PS4 work. Considering how much of a graphical showpiece Killzone 3 was, it wouldn’t be surprising to learn that its developer is involved in PlayStation 4 graphical development.
If you’re wondering why Sony hasn’t just come right out and officially announced the PS4 yet – come to think of it, they kinda/sorta just did with this week’s statements – Ryan says it’s because of all their “unfinished business on PS3.” Since much of the PS2’s huge success came after the system sunk to a bargain bin price that the PlayStation 3 has yet to reach, the COO believes that the PS3 still has legs.