In between heated sessions of Ridge Racer (probably), Sony president Kaz Hirai has hinted that he’s happy for Microsoft to announce its next generation console first. Speaking with British newspaper The Times, the former SCE overlord said: "Why go first when your competitors can look at your specifications and come up with something better?" Feel free to submit your answers on a postcard.

Some websites have extrapolated the statement to mean that Sony will once again be late to the next generation party, but we reckon that the likeable executive is purposely being coy. Judging by the recent rumours, it’s too late for either of the platform holders to adjust their respective system’s specifications at this stage, so he’s presumably alluding to the general messaging of the reveals in the quote.

Still, it’ll be interesting to see which manufacturer does blink first. We get the sneaking suspicion that we won’t have to wait very long to find out.

[via thetimes.co.uk, uk.ign.com]