Word on the streets is that console giant Sony is planning to unveil the PlayStation 4 sometime during the next year, and it will be equipped with Kinect like motion control system.
The news first broke in the technology website DigiTimes, and it claimed that Sony will start the production of the next generation PS console towards the end of the running year, which will soon be followed by the shipping of the product in 2012.
Apparently, the DigiTimes report was citing inputs taken from some Taiwan based component makers of the device.
The website also claimed that the assembling of the next PlayStation console will be carried out by Pegatron Technology and Foxconn. This is not surprising as these are the same companies which assembled the PS3 console as well.
Sony is likely to be shipping at least 20 million units of the PlayStation 4 in 2012 alone, DigiTimes was told by its sources.
Meanwhile, the key rivals of the company - Microsoft and Nintendo are also likely to come up with the refreshed versions of their own consoles during the same time-frame.
While Nintendo also “plans” to launch the new Wii U console in 2012, not before April though, Microsoft is rumoured to be unveiling the Xbox360 successor at next year’s E3, followed by its availability in the market sometime during 2013.