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Did PS4 Development Start Back In 2010?

We still have no idea when the PlayStation 4 might arrive, but now we've got some clue as to when work began on the anticipated new console.

According to Videogamer citing the LinkedIn CV of ex-SCEA Research & Development director Attila Vass (cool name), the "Next Generation PlayStation" has been in the works since August 2010.

Vass served as director for SCEA from May 1998 to April 2012, and he says he started work on the "graphics library and security" of the upcoming system nearly two full years ago. And because he has his experience with the Vita listed separately, one has to assume that he's referring to the PS4 with the term, "Next Generation PlayStation" (you may recall that for a while, the Vita was known as the "Next Generation Portable" aka NGP). Here's part of the CV:

"I worked on graphics ( COLLADA, PSGL ) and a lot of network related technologies ( advertising, telemetry, PVRs ) for the Playstation2-x, PSP, Vita and Next Generation platforms. Platform security was occupying most of my time at the last years... "

Well, whenever development started, the big question now is obvious: When will it be on store shelves? Sony has said they won't release a new console until it can show off a "significant leap" in technology...so don't expect the PS4 this year or something.

Tags: ps4, playstation 4, next generation, next gen, new playstation

7/2/2012 8:18:11 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (21 posts)

AcHiLLiA
Monday, July 02, 2012 @ 9:33:06 PM
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That phony PS4 image is getting annoying but I understand the ideas.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, July 02, 2012 @ 9:48:01 PM
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Next Generation platforms, plural?

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FxTales
Monday, July 02, 2012 @ 10:00:14 PM

Probably next gen handhelds and such.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, July 02, 2012 @ 10:29:43 PM

It's there in addition to Vita though

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FxTales
Tuesday, July 03, 2012 @ 12:17:37 AM

Misread sorry.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, July 03, 2012 @ 12:56:19 AM

Not necessary, I'm just trying to understand the statement.

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Beamboom
Tuesday, July 03, 2012 @ 1:01:47 AM

Now I'm no English expert but he do list more than one platform. That's probably why. :)


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Underdog15
Tuesday, July 03, 2012 @ 9:47:35 AM

"Now I'm no English expert but he do list more than one platform."

Beammy, that statement is more awesome than you realize. :p

But yeah... if LinkedIn has taught me anything, it's that people write their own stuff, and the whole plural part might turn out to mean nothing. I have a co-worker that says, "worked for youth organizations", but they worked 2 jobs for the same company. lol

But, maybe he did work on more than one next gen console. It certainly would be more fun to speculate about!

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Highlander
Tuesday, July 03, 2012 @ 10:37:45 AM

No mention of PS3 in there, nor PlayStation suite....platforms.

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Beamboom
Tuesday, July 03, 2012 @ 1:34:35 PM

... But Underdog, if I say "I brought some orange, apple, grape and pear fruitS" (in plural) that means I brought several different fruits, not just many pears?

He says he worked on several platforms, including Playstation2-x, PSP, Vita and a Next Generation platform. Ergo, platforms, in plural.

That's not wrong? He didn't say he worked on several next gen platforms, that's just how you (mis)read it?


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Kevin5
Monday, July 02, 2012 @ 10:19:29 PM
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"So don't expect the PS4 this year or something"

Good, i'm fine with that. :)

Btw what on earth is that fugly thing in the picture? If PS4 is going to look anything like that, keep it locked away until you change it's designs.

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Nas Is Like
Monday, July 02, 2012 @ 11:18:11 PM
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I, for one, think the PS4 in the image looks very nice. Has that futuristic feel to it.

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faraga
Tuesday, July 03, 2012 @ 1:32:40 AM
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He didn't list the PS3. Maybe he names the current generation, which was next-gen until not long ago, the next generation and has also done a bit of work for MS and Nintendo.

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Qubex
Tuesday, July 03, 2012 @ 4:18:50 AM
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Difficult to say what is going on in Sony R&D, but one could bet their bottom dollar that research has been on-going for a while.

I would guess Sony has been "tweaking" BOM's (Bill Of Materials) a few times as they have had to consider the changing gaming environment, hardware environment and overall costs.

I think that their strategy has been shifting, and continues to shift as they see developers embrace and move a lot of their popular titles (and plenty of back catalogue titles to smart phones and tablets) in some shape or form.

My gaming choice on my Android tablet has exploded in the last 6 months with some high quality Tegra3 titles coming out...

I am sure the changing gaming landscape is forcing Sony to go back and re-look at the platform from different angles - considering overall cost, the cost to power ratio, and overall ecosystem for digital delivery of future titles. PSN is already "here", but I am sure Sony will be finding ways to improve it for the PS4 offering in the future, with a re-look at how to charge for contact and whether or not the micro-transactional model will take centre stage or not...

It will be very interesting to see what place the PS4 will claim in the future and what markets it will successfully serve. If it tries to be everything like the xBox 720 is proporting to be, it may end up not doing anything well. According to a friend, he feels M$ and xBox are losing their way with no exclusive and a media centric system that is liquidating its gaming prowess...

Let us hope Sony concentrate on ground breaking exclusives that blow the world away... You have to remain unique, and you need to impress... Sony are good at that!

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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Highlander
Tuesday, July 03, 2012 @ 10:37:05 AM

Well, Sony said as long ago as 2 years that the design of the PS4 was more or less complete and was merely being updated in accordance with changes in tech and component cost, and was being back-burnered for now... Here we are 2 years (or so) later. I suspect it's no longer on that back burner.

The comment in the CV could mean anything, it could even refer to PS3 since PS3 isn't listed. If the person worked on PS3 they probably originally referred to it as a next generation platform, and may simply not have updated the resume except to add Vita work. Lots of possible reasons for it being phrased the way it is.

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___________
Tuesday, July 03, 2012 @ 5:41:22 AM
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eh.
id be surprised if work only started 2 years ago!
seems a little late.
4 years after the ps3 released, thats a long time!
however if its true i guess that means we probably wont be seeing the ps4 next year then.
these things normally go into R&D 3-4 years before announcement so that means a 2013 announcements would be unlikely.
let alone release!

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Highlander
Tuesday, July 03, 2012 @ 10:38:58 AM

lol, well we know from news articles at least 2 years old that work on the PS4 hardware design started much longer ago than 2 years. You're right though, some in Sony will have been working on this almost since the launch of the PS3.

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BikerSaint
Tuesday, July 03, 2012 @ 11:05:14 AM
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I think Sony's R&D crews were already hard at work formulating their plans for the PS4 the very day they launched the PS3.

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Highlander
Tuesday, July 03, 2012 @ 11:15:50 AM

Yep, and I believe that the basic design was complete about 2 years ago, and they have been updating and optimizing it since then. I bet that they have been working on a virtual development platform as well, so that they can begin working on the basic firmware and security.

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xnonsuchx
Wednesday, July 04, 2012 @ 5:12:16 AM
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Development actually started back in 2008, but they may not have had something 'serious' (semi-finalized) until 2010, after they were able to find out from partners what would be possible for certain costs (e.g. how good a CPU IBM could make for $75-100/unit and when it could be made in quantities needed, whether to stick w/ Nvidia or switch to AMD for GPU and again cost/performance and quantities, etc.).

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Caanimal
Sunday, July 08, 2012 @ 8:55:48 PM
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I would be more surprised if there wasn't SOME work being done on the next generation of console at this moment and for the last several years. I wouldn't at all be surprised if they started working some aspect of the next console right after the PS3 launched...

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