Sony is to start its production of its next-generation PlayStation 4 console before the year ends, heading for a pre-Christmas 2012 release date, reports have suggested.
According to a report from DigiTimes, Sony’s Taiwan-based partners will soon begin the production of the new PlayStation 4, which features body movement-based controls like that of Kinect, and will be launching it in 2012.
“Foxconn and Pegatron Technology, assemblers of PS3, will undertake assembly of PS4 as well, the sources pointed out. The planned shipment volume of PS4 in 2012 is at least 20 million units,” according to the article.
The latest report comes after the news has surfaced that Microsoft is planning to unveil its next-gen Xbox 720 console at E3 next year. This sparks rumors that the two gaming giants will go head to head next year.
This is a bit surprising as only a couple of weeks ago, Sony said that the PlayStation 3 will last a minimum of 10 years.
Andrew House, the newly promoted chief executive officer of PlayStation, told CVG that he “still characterized this as the early period” for the PlayStation 3, and he noted that the company had “only really just begun to explore what the potential is for 3D.”
If the PS4 is launched next year, it is believed that Sony will continue to support the PS3, like what it did to PS2.
Is Sony planning to launch the PlayStation 4 too soon?