Sony will have Taiwan-based partners begin production of PlayStation 4 (PS4) featuring body movement-based control like Kinect at the end of 2011 for launch in 2012, according to Taiwan-based component makers.
Citing “Taiwan-based component makers,” DigiTimes says production on the console will start at the end of this year. However, the component makers did not say exactly when next year the device might launch. Though DigiTimes’ sources call Sony’s next console the PlayStation 4, it’s important to note that the company has yet to even announce its next console, let alone name it.
sources out of Taiwan are telling Digitimes to expect a brand new PlayStation 4 for launch sometime in early 2012. Reportedly on board for this latest iteration are baked-in motion controls à la Kinect and a holographic David Lynch virtual pet. We kid, but we do hope he helms those new ads. According to these anonymous insiders, Sony has a planned production run of 20 million consoles for launch all headed straight to eBay, we imagine.
If Sony does release a new console next year, it won’t be alone. Earlier this year, Nintendo unveiled plans to release its follow-up to the Wii, called Wii U. The device promises better graphical capabilities and a new controller that boasts a 6.2-inch touch screen. Nintendo hasn’t said exactly when the Wii U will hit store shelves next year or how much it will cost.