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Sony confirms they are working on new hardware, keen for developer input

Submitted by on Wednesday, 7 July 20106 Comments

Sony has confirmed that they are continuing to design brand new PlayStation hardware.

One of the criticisms of the PlayStation 3 at launch was that it was a pain to develop for.

Well it seems that they have learnt from past mistakes as Sony Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida has revealed the bigger role developers are now playing in designing new products:

When Ken Kutaragi moved on and Kaz Hirai became the president of SCE, the first thing Kaz said was, ‘get World Wide Studios in on hardware development’. So he wanted developers in meetings at the very beginning of concepting new hardware, and he demanded SCE people talk to us.

And these developers are helping to mould future platforms right now:

We are undergoing many activities that we haven’t yet been talking about in public. Some future platform related activities.

This sounds good to us as it’s the developers who are given the big task of spending hours on hours making the games that we the consumers buy, shaping the future of consoles. It’s important that the developers tell Sony what they want, rather than Sony tell developers what they should want.

It is also surprising to hear Sony confirm they are working on future platforms as they typically stay tight-lipped about anything they have not officially announced.

But when future platforms will launch is something which has been keeping gamers guessing for ages, and only Sony have any idea on this.