Yesterday PlayStation UK Managing Director Fergal Gara essentially confirmed PlayStation 4′s existence when he told CVG that Sony first-party developers are having a hard time trying to strike the right balance in game development for multiple platforms. That’s because they are no longer just developing games for two consoles, PS3 and PS Vita, but also Sony’s unannounced PS4, a console many analysts predict will be unveiled at E3 2013.
Said Gara in an interview with CVG:
We do have a challenge to manage that, particularly in terms of dev studio resources. The more platforms you have, and the amount of rich content you have to deliver on all the systems you are supporting, clearly puts pressure on decisions made across the studio network, which is something we are battling with.
I take huge confidence in what is coming down the line though. Of course we’d love to have a new triple-A game, but we have a great strategy for this holiday period.
We don’t have to talk to the same audience all the time. We have a stronger play on family this Christmas, and for the core games we will leverage third parties a bit more. I’m convinced we’ve got some great games coming out next year, such as The Last of Us and Beyond.
Sony won’t allow Microsoft to launch the next Xbox before it launches PS4; the firm plans no being fully engaged in the race to first battle that’s being waged even now, behind the scenes, by both giants.