Frederick Umminger, a software engineering manager at SCEA, has revealed that he has been working on Sony’s next generation console since 2010.
Umminger’s LinkedIn profile includes his work on various PlayStation consoles, the line that stands out however is “Maintained voice chat library for PlayStation 4.”
Sony have previously said they remain committed to the PS3 for 10 years, technically meaning their support for the system will last until 2016. That doesn’t necessarily mean that the company will solely focus on the console as can be evidenced by the fact that the PS2 is still in production.
In November last year Jim Ryan, the President and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe commented that while “there’s still a lot of unfinished business on PS3″ the company “would consider it undesirable to be significantly later than the competition” with the launch of the PS4.
Nintendo is expected to launch the Wii U this Holiday while Microsoft’s plans for the Xbox 720 have not yet been revealed though they have commented that “there will be no talk of new Xbox hardware at E3 or anytime soon.”