Sony Set To Launch New PS4 In 2012
According to a post at DigiTimes, Sony will begin manufacturing the PS4 in late 2011 in order to be ready for a 2012 launch. Further, the PS4 will have full-body motion controls similar to what Microsoft has done with Kinect, and Sony plans to ship at least 20 million units in 2012.
The claims that the PS4 could be with us as early as next year come from component manufacturers Foxconn and Pegatron Technology who supplied the parts for the PS3 and are on board to do likewise on the PS4. So, to call these claims authentic won’t look far fetched.
Nobody has any idea what the new console will look like if these reports are true, as the Kinect is more of a camera accessory and does not require any form of handheld controller.
It is not clear whether Sony want to stay with a handheld controller or move to hands free motion, but the former seems most likely.
Sony’s PlayStation 4 was not expected to launch until 2013 or 2014, but with Nintendo’s Wii U launching next year and Microsoft’s next-generation Xbox due to be unveiled in 2012 as well, it is possible that Sony accelerated the new console’s development in order to remain competitive.
Sony’s current PlayStation 3 console has sold more than 51 million units globally since its launch in November 2006.