Update: A Sony spokesperson has issued an update (via Ripten) iterating that Masaru Kato’s comments were taken out of context when discussing the development of a “future platform,” explaining that the executive VP was talking about the upcoming PlayStation Vita (NGP).
Original article: Sony has confirmed that work and research for the successor to the PS3 “is already under way”.
During a conference call to investors today, Sony’s executive VP Masaru Kato explained that expenses for research and development on a the company’s future platform had begun.
“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.”
Keep in mind, this is all contradictory to what Sony Computer Entertainment boss Kaz Hirai’s said three months ago.
“A near-future PS4 or next-generation home console is not something that we are even debating now,” he said.
Designing a new PlayStation console takes years of work and preparation and Sony has already spent billions developing CELL technology as a long term investment. It will be interesting to see if any new information regarding the next platform spills out of E3 or if Sony plans on waiting until the Tokyo Game Show to discuss further details.