PlayStation Research and Development

Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) R&D are PlayStation’s technology experts.   Our goal is simple: Helping game developers make the best games on PlayStation by creating a world class SDK, and tools

Our teams

SIE R&D has a diverse set of expertise ranging from the immediate term business needs of contributing to the PlayStation® platform SDK and System Software through to longer term research into the future of interactive entertainment. The people and culture of R&D is shaped by our shared desire for PlayStation® to be the Best Place to Play. Many of us are gamers and technology enthusiasts that have a passion for discovering how SIE’s products and services can offer our customers the ultimate in entertainment experiences.

Our history

About R&D in London  R&D was formed in the build-up to the launch of the original PlayStation in 1995 to help games studios get to grips with cutting new technologies (such as CD-ROM!). It grew to being known as the “Technology Group” (1997-2008) and subsequently “SCEE R&D” –   a department that provided the full spectrum of services to help game developers succeed on PlayStation platforms, from direct support, consultancy, and training through to the creation of SDK tools, libraries, and other technologies. About R&D in San Mateo SIE US R&D was formed in 1998 as the then Sony Computer Entertainment America R&D department. From its creation, US R&D’s goal was to leverage the skills and expertise of Silicon Valley to help shape the future of PlayStation. The team started out in Foster City, CA with just six members researching how the PS2 could be used to change the way that people played games. As we grew, we added new capabilities and along the way we contributed to the PS2’s EyeToy camera, the PS3’s PlayStation Move and most recently the PlayStation VR. We’re now located at the SIE HQ campus in San Mateo, CA. In April 2016, Sony Computer Entertainment became Sony Interactive Entertainment and we combined the strengths of the London and San Mateo R&D teams . Discover more about our history

Our culture

R&D brings together the most talented expertise from all around the globe. Our teams are driven, passionate, enthusiastic – and determined to drive the creation of world-class software. The secret to our success? We think it’s the intimate relationship we have with the PlayStation development community. We get to know developers, we understand the projects they’re working on, and we’ll do everything we can to help their titles succeed. In terms of development, we take an agile approach with time between sprints set aside for innovation driven by the interests of our staff.