The PlayStation Vita may have already been released by Sony and the upcoming console, the PlayStation 4 is claimed to be developed along with the PS Vita. This has been indicated by Sony’s Worldwide Studios President, Shuhei Yoshida. Recently, Yoshida said in an interview that work on the PlayStation started after the release of the PS3.
He said that the moment Sony launches a platform, a small team of their technical people start planning the next one. He indicated that after the launch of the PS3 in 2006, he thinks some members from the R&D and the semiconductor department started the R&D on PS4.
The full range of work started on PS4 in 2008. It was at this time that a complete section of the team started working on both PlayStation 4 and PS Vita. Yoshida added that the PS Vita project was shorter than that for PS4. He states that both Worldwide Studios and Mark were involved in the two projects that were worked on simultaneously. Industry experts claim that the cross-platform control advertised by Sony during the revealing of PS4 was because the PS4 and PS Vita were developed simultaneously.
Remote Play was especially a feature that was getting lots of mentions from Sony when they revealed the PS4 earlier this year. The feature enabled Vita players to enjoy games on PS4 for the handheld console.
Yoshida says that it is normal for a company like Sony to start working on the next project because they cannot be expected to sit around for a few years before moving onto the R&D of the next project. This means that Sony had the PlayStation 4 in mind immediately after the release of PS3 7 years ago.
The handheld console, PS Vita features a 5”OLED touch screen and 220 ppi pixel density. Before PS Vita came, the earlier PlayStations had a single analog stick. The Vita had 2 analog sticks on the front, and a D-pad and a regular PS button. There are 2 touch-sensitive pads on the back side of the device for resting the fingers for support.
With regard to hardware configurations, the PS Vita has a quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 MP Core CPU compared to PlayStation 4’s 8-core AMD processor based on the x86-64 bit platform. While the PS Vita has a quad-core SGX543MP4 + GPU, the PS4 has a GPU based on the Radeon graphics engine with a performance of 1.84 TFLOPS. The PS Vita has a 512 MB RAM supported by 128 MB VRAM. On the other hand, the PlayStation 4 would have an 8GB GDDR5 RAM.
Even though, the two consoles may have been developed simultaneously, the amount of time invested in the PS4 clearly tells in its specifications. The details of PlayStation 4 have already been revealed by Sony, but gamers, critics and other enthusiasts are eagerly waiting for Microsoft’s reveal about their next-generation game console against Sony’s PlayStation 4. Leaked information states that it could be named Xbox 720 and could have specs that match PS4’s.