The first next-gen console to hit the market won't necessarily be the best.
At least, according to Sony's Senior VP of Product Development and Worldwide Studios, Scott Rohde. When he was asked whether the fact Nintendo is well on its way to releasing the Wii U, while Sony has yet to announce a next-gen console would present any challenges, Rohde responded with an emphatic no.
"Not at all. That's the simple answer," he told Joystiq. "In very similar fashion to the way I'm talking about game development, we have a very strong vision in what we believe we're gonna do for the next generation. And we're not talking about it at all yet."
Sony, and indeed Microsoft's, decision to let Nintendo dip its toe in the next-gen pool first, could go either way. Arguably, the year long gap between the launch of the Xbox 360 and the PS3 gave Microsoft the opportunity to gobble up an unprecedented amount of market share, presenting the company with an initial sales advantage that Sony has only just managed to overcome. On the other hand, the Dreamcast (single tear) failed miserably despite having a one year advantage over its main competitor, the PS2.
"The reality is let's build a great machine," said Rohde. "And we'll talk about it then."