Following the PS3’s announcement, developers were quoted stating that development on the console was “too complicated” — one of the many reasons that Valve prevoiusly refused to develop on the platform. Though the complexity has since decreased, Sony’s seeking “input” from developers on the production of “future hardware”.
When speaking to Develop, Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida stated that one of the many directives of the company were for them to be directly involved with software developers in the creation of future hardware.
“When Ken Kutaragi moved on and Kaz Harai became the president of SCE, the first thing Kaz said was, ‘Get World Wide Studios in on hardware development,'” Yoshida said. “So he wanted developers in meetings at the very beginning of concepting new hardware, and he demanded SCE people talk to us [developers].”
Yoshida went on to state that this development strategy is being incorporated into the companies “future platforms”. “Yes, we are undergoing many activities that we haven’t yet been talking about in public,” Yoshida stated. “Some future platform related activities.”