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Rumor: PlayStation 4 may launch sooner than expected

Posted at 06 July 2011 08:00 CEST by Ben Chatterton

Rumors are flying across the Internet about a dramatic change in Sony’s projected production schedule. The PlayStation 4 may be coming much, much sooner than originally estimated.

Taiwanese tech industry news outlet DigiTimes reported in a mind-blowingly terse news brief, that “Sony will have Taiwan-based partners begin production of PlayStation 4 (PS4) … at the end of 2011 for launch in 2012”. The information was gathered from sources within Foxconn and another parts-manufacturer, Pegatron. According to these sources, the PS4 will contain a motion-capture element similar to the Kinect for Xbox.

That being said, there are plenty of reasons not to believe the hype. Kotaku reminds us that the PS3 was originally scheduled to have a ten-year lifespan, and that a 2012 release might be less wise than a 2013 or 2014 release, largely because the US economy is still slumping, but also because Sony released its handheld, the Vita, this year.

CrunchGear points out that Sony is having enough trouble making money on its existing stock of consoles, and that a new version of PlayStation would drive the price of the PS3 down, making profits even more elusive than they are now. Sony’s attempt at a motion-sensing device, the Move, which works similarly to the Wiimote, has not sold well.

Finally, even while admitting at this year’s E3 that plans were underway to develop Sony’s next generation console, the company stood by its long-held narrative: the PS3 was built to have a ten-year lifespan, and it will be supported for its entire decade.

Note, however, that these plans were made before PSN and various other Sony networks were ravaged by LulzSec and other hackers. It’s possible that Sony has concerns about the continuing popularity of its products as concerns about security have arisen, and that may have changed their timeline. Either way, Sony has to be happy to make the news for something other than getting hacked.

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Zod
MyCE Resident
Posted on: 07 Jul 11 01:57
    They still sell ps2's, and there's still the odd game that gets release for them, and the ps3 has been out for about 5 years now?

    Sony doesn't drop support of their previous console when a new one comes out (ahem microsoft!). So there's no reason they can't release asap, and still support the ps3.

    But now that the rumor mill is going, MS will ramp up the new xbox as well. I think Microsoft had a huge advantage coming out first this time... they might want to repeat that success.
    Blu-rayFreak
    MyCE Resident
    Posted on: 07 Jul 11 05:25
      Yep PS3 has been out for 5 years. Sony released the PS3 6 years into the life of the PS2, so it wouldn't be surprising if they did the same thing with the PS4 and released it next year (while continuing PS3 support).
      Mr. Belvedere
      MyCE Resident
      Posted on: 07 Jul 11 10:52
        I doubt playing video games will be the core business of the new gamestationbox.
        ivid
        MyCE Resident
        Posted on: 07 Jul 11 19:55
          It will cost $899 and sell 7 units in 2012 just kiddin...

          I agree, just because they are still in their "10 year cycle" with PS3 doesn't mean PS4 can't be released next year.

          I'm not so sure Mr. Belvedere, games are the core of most consoles business by a large margin. The PS3 can already do so much more than games and not too many people care. I don't see PS4 adding anything game-changing (pardon the pun) to the non-gaming feature set that will change this. Of course Sony would like to but I think gamers just want their games for most part .
          tmc8080
          MyCE Resident
          Posted on: 07 Jul 11 21:16
            Will the PS4 come with free identity theft protection?

            x-)
            Mr. Belvedere
            MyCE Resident
            Posted on: 07 Jul 11 21:20
              Quote:
              Originally Posted by ivid
              I'm not so sure Mr. Belvedere, games are the core of most consoles business by a large margin. The PS3 can already do so much more than games and not too many people care. I don't see PS4 adding anything game-changing (pardon the pun) to the non-gaming feature set that will change this. Of course Sony would like to but I think gamers just want their games for most part .
              The thing is we do not need that much power and solitary systems anymore.

              Most smartphones can handle all games we can throw at them, given they are old enough games. Smartphones core function is to be your personal assistant. Gaming is secondary on that. But the gaming market on smartphones is booming business. It's portable, powerful and cheap.

              I think consoles with a single function will also cease to exist and get more a big box (or a huge box in the cloud you connect to) that can do a lot of stuff. But perhaps i'm dead wrong. I have discussed this before and was proven to be wrong then.

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