Sony president hints at letting Microsoft move first in next generation console war


Ah, the video game rumor mill. There’s none better when it comes to excited fans and the thirst for knowledge.

With the current generation of consoles now starting to show their age and high-end PC users increasingly looking back as if to say “What the hell are you guys still doing back there?” news and rumor of the next wave of video game consoles is slowly heating up. While some gaming pundits maintain that we’re still years away from getting new Sony and Microsoft toys, others are, with a healthy dollop of optimism, hoping to see next-gen console gaming before the end of 2014.

While there are still next to no confirmed crumbs of information about the next crop of machines for gamers to stuff into their hungry mouths, Sony’s president and CEO Kazuo Hirai went on record on Monday to speak about the launch of Sony’s new technology, hinting that gamers may have to wait until after Microsoft makes its move for details of the next Playstation.

Hirai – or “Kaz” to his fans – told Britain’s The Times newspaper that he felt it better to let the competitors wheel out their next console before Sony does so. “Why go first when your competitors can look at your specifications and come up with something better?”

Whether this means that Sony’s console will arrive on the market after Microsoft’s rumored Xbox 360 successor, or simply that Sony will hold off any official announcement of its new hardware specs until Microsoft has done so, is not clear. What it does mean is that gamers across the world just got that bit more excited and will be getting even twitchier than usual in the run up to the E3 convention in Los Angeles this June.

Source: Jin

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    Hirai - or "Kaz" to his fans

    I wonder how many Sony employees call him Kaz?

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    At this late in the development cycle, there's not really much Sony can do to change the specs. Since both Microsoft and Sony will be using regular AMD components, there won't be too much difference. What the extra time can give Sony is how to market what worked and what didn't work at the Xbox launch.

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    Korlacan Khanthavilay

    Huh? Regular AMD components? Sony doesn't use AMD at all currently and MS only uses an AMD GPU. The processors are both IBM, based off the PowerPC architecture, although the Cell is a much different approach.

    Changing specs isn't hard. Just add more cores, more memory, more hdd space, different gpu, other feature sets, etc. It's still up in the air. Now major changes like cpu/gpu changes would make game development longer, so they'd end up with a shorter list of launch titles if they keep changing specs.

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    I guess Nintendo surprised them with the Wii U. =There is always next Christmas.

    Expect a drop in price for xBox 360 and Playstation 3 systems this Spring and Summer.

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    Huh? Regular AMD components? Sony doesn't use AMD at all currently and MS only uses an AMD GPU.

    Will be using.

    And yes, it's now late in the development cycle. MS and Sony wants to release their next gen soon. They've already sent the kits to the developers so games would be ready at launch. Suppliers are getting notified which components to ramp up production. And don't forget time for QA-testing. MS and Sony can't change too much to make sure things go smoothly at launch.

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    Korlacan Khanthavilay


    The Wii U is hardly any kind of factor, cause that console can't even keep up with the current 360 or PS3. A price drop doesn't make much sense either, as the 360 is still outselling the Wii U and even the PS3 is outselling the Wii U.


    Wouldn't make sense to use AMD as the CPU, as they don't even have the capacity to make their own processors, let alone someone else's. Not to mention, AMD procs aren't as fast as Intels. Also, Sony owns rights to the Cell processor, so it'd be more beneficial to them to keep producing it. MS can use pretty much whatever, but they may just aim at another PowerPC derivative, as it'd make for easier backwards compatibility work for old games.

    I also don't see how it's late in the development cycle, when we don't even have any kind of timeframe of when the consoles will be released. For all we know, they plan on having a release date of Q1 2016.

    Even if the dev kits are out, that doesn't mean much, as cpu speeds, memory sizes, hdd space, etc can still increase without affecting game development. Everything right now is just rumour mill, which doesn't mean a whole lot. Remember how the PS3 was suppose to have 2 HDMI ports?

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