PlayStation 4 five years in the making
posted on 04.16.13 at 08:10 AM EST by (@salromano)
Sony to hold "a number" of PS4 events this year.

PlayStation 4 has been in planning for the past five years, according to Sony Worldwide Studios vice president Michael Denny.

“It’s been, for all of us involved at looking at what PlayStation 4 should be, a five-year journey to get to that point,” Denny told Edge.

“When you go back five years we were still really just getting PlayStation 3 off and running after obviously some early challenges in the birth of PlayStation 3. At that point, developers were really getting their teeth into it and really starting to produce some great software, but already we could see the challenges that PlayStation 3 was presenting.

“Some of our creators and some of our development teams, while the end results were fantastic, the end results to get there has been well-regaled by all, it took an awful lot of effort and took an awful lot of concentration away from the pure creative process.”

Denny added that at that point, they began speaking with developers about producing a console that “could really unleash their creativity.”

“We were in the heartland of PlayStation 3 so we couldn’t really turn around and say ‘hey, we’re planning PlayStation 4 now’,” Denny said. “We just wanted to get early feedback on the views of current-gen consoles and current-gen console development and some thoughts for the future.”

PlayStation 4 was announced on February 20 in new York. The purpose of the event, added Denny, was to broadcast that Sony has “created a console absolutely focused on gamers”—and “gamers in the broadest sense.”

Said event won’t be the last, of course. Denny said the announcement was just the first of “a number of events this year explaining what PlayStation 4 is.” A rumor earlier this month suggested we’ll see one at the end of April or early May.

And what of the actual box? Denny couldn’t share details, but teased, “you know it’s going to be another fantastic design and we can’t wait to reveal it.”

Read Edge’s full interview with Michael Denny here.

  • Carlos Luis Ayala

    Can’t wait for Kack Watchdogs and Infamous

  • lorelai4cuties

    thats great focusing on games we do not care about other stuff like TV channels
    … i cant wait to see how it looks like

  • Solomon_Kano

    Can’t wait to see what it looks like. I’m getting it one way or the other, but it’s always interesting to see what kinda designs we end up with in each gen.

    So far the Wii U’s disappointed me by looking so similar to the Wii. I was hoping we’d get another Gamecube-type departure from the previous system, but nah. I feel like MS probably won’t stray far from the 360 S either. After 3 different PS3s and the new controller already shown though, I’m certain the PS4 will look different.

  • Mar Mar

    Sony has “created a console absolutely focused on gamers”—and “gamers in the broadest sense.”

    This is it!

    • http://youtube.com/miyabigaming 水木

      I’m excited too but proof is in the pudding

      • almostautumn

        Playstation 1, Playstation 2, PSP, PS Vita, and Playstation 3— I don’t think they’re going to botch it this time either.

  • artemisthemp

    I just wait on a release date in EU, so I can pick up the consol and play the game

  • Leon Keyv

    i just wanted to get a hold onto and feel the new dualshock, is that too much to ask for? =(

    • DrForbidden

      That argument doesn’t work, friend. I told the judge the same thing about Kate Upton’s breasts but he still gave me jail time…

  • disqus_rIjnBIKvqC

    right,when they say its another fantastic design,you know its gonna be crap design of the ps4.
    I dont think anyone in the gaming history has tried to design a controller with touch on it,its because the same old gaming controller has almost been the same.
    and who the hell decided that start and pause are that far off each other???
    right now the ps4 sucks,only 1 game that is interesting an thats race club,I could care less for shooting games and stupid graphical games,for me its hack n slash games,racing games and fighting games that is the factor for me.

    • http://twitter.com/RaiuLyn Raiu

      I will judge whether if it does look like crap or not once they put out the actual box first… No point in judging with words and fake images…

      “I dont think anyone in the gaming history has tried to design a controller with touch on it”
      Nintendo recently tried that with the WiiU gamepad…

    • Sevyne

      Umm, what?

    • Elvick

      Nice opinion.

      I disagree~

  • http://twitter.com/RaiuLyn Raiu

    Hopefully the other events won’t disappoint us….

    • http://youtube.com/miyabigaming 水木

      So far Sony hasn’t done anything to disappoint imo

      • EspadaKiller

        Yeap, just hoping the launch games will be awesome. And that will give me a reason to get a PS4 rofl.

      • http://twitter.com/RaiuLyn Raiu

        Agreed… But it just too early to celebrate… I mean, Sony is getting more and more positive to the point that it’s unreal… But not everyone is flawless so I braced myself for anything bad(Hope there is none)…

  • Learii

    i just hope ps4 don’t have YLoD like ps3 or red screen of death

    • Ritsujun

      Learn how to take good care fo your consoles.
      All of my handheld and non-handheld consoles never had any problems.

  • new_tradition

    I wonder how much development time will shrink if the PS4 really will be easier to develop for. Though I wonder about multi-plat titles…

  • AdamBoy64

    Yes. I think most consoles are in the planning stage for a number of years.
    I hope it does well on launch. Looking forward to more titles being announced.
    Nothing that particularly appeals to me just yet.