In an interview with Develop magazine, head of Sony Worldwide Studios Shuhei Yoshida has revealed that the company is currently working on “concepting new hardware” as well as “future platform related activities.”
Only now for the first time, and since the departure of Ken Kutaragi (the ‘father of the PlayStation’) from Sony Computer Entertainment, Sony is working with its impressive array of first-party developers to help design and craft any new videogame hardware that Sony creates, including the next PlayStation, in order to ensure that they, the developers, are given the tools necessary to create the games of the future.
In comments made to Develop, Yoshida said:
“When Ken Kutaragi moved on and Kaz Harai 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 [developers].”
“Yes, we are undergoing many activities that we haven’t yet been talking about in public,” Yoshida said when asked if developers will be included in the design process of future PlayStation hardware. “Some future platform related activities.”
One of the greatest complaints levelled at the PlayStation 3 (and all PlayStation hardware in the past) has been the difficulty in developing software for the platform, compared to the ease with which developers are able to create games for the Xbox platforms.
With this new approach, and with developers ‘in the trenches’ having a say as to how games are created for future platforms from Sony, perhaps the PlayStation 4 (for lack of a better term) will finally match other platforms (most notably, the Xbox 360) in terms of ease of development.
John Carmack will be pleased.