Sony will start manufacturing the PlayStation 4 at the end of this year for launch in 2012, according to a new Digi Times report.
The website claims the new console will be constructed by Tawain-based component manufacturers Foxconn and Pegatron Technology, who previously assembled the PS3.
It’s a surprising statement considering Sony recently reaffirmed that the PS3 is only halfway through it’s ten-year lifecycle, but even more surprising is the site’s claim that the new console will boast body movement-based controls similar to Microsoft’s Kinect.
The report also indicates that around 20 million PS4 units will be shipped worldwide.
Various rumours have been circulating since E3 suggesting that both Sony and Microsoft will release new consoles next year to compete with the launch of the Wii U, but this is the closest we’ve come to hearing it from a reputable source.
Still, nothing’s certain until Sony confirms it, so file this one under ‘potential truth’ for the time being.
If this is true, it could be a mammoth few months for Sony, with the Vita launch towards the end of 2011 (supposedly early 2012 in the UK) and now a possible home console launch the following year.