The only official word we’ve had on the PlayStation 4 is that Sony are already building the platform, although both Sony and the developers are obviously being very secretive about progress and even what year the PS4 release date could land in. This has not stopped gamers and journalists looking for clues and occasionally something turns up, which recently included a possible start date for PS4 development.
This LinkedIn profile for Attila Vass, a previous R&D Director at Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC, gave a few hints towards the month Sony started work on the PS4. His profile showed a listing under Experience that stated “Next Generation PlayStation“, which had a date range from August 2010 to April 2012. Vass has since moved onto other employment, which according to his LinkedIn profile is for “VP of Mobile Technologies“.
We would like to point out that this is pretty normal for Sony to start work on the next generation of console so far in advance, and we know Sony had some Vita prototypes sooner than 2009, so while this rumor is nice to know it is also obvious. The interesting part comes from a small change that has been made to Vass’s profile, which is the start date for that job at Sony America. The start date has changed from August 2010 to January 1917, which is both funny and obviously not when he really started work with Sony on the PS4.
What do you make of Vass making a change to his start date for work on the next generation PlayStation, and do you think this gives weight to its credibility? Sadly knowing when the PS4 likely started development doesn’t give us a hint towards its release date, and Sony will take as long as needed to produce a platform for next-gen console gaming.