Rumor: Playstation 4 to start production at end of 2011 with Kinect-like controller

The rumor mill surrounding the next generation consoles has brought up a new nugget to the Internet surface today. Digitimes reports via unnamed sources that Sony is preparing to start production of its Playstation 4 consoles sometime by the end of 2011. The actual launch of the next version of Sony's game console would happen sometime in 2012. If true (and as always all these kinds of stories should be taken with a grain of salt) this would certainly be a huge move on Sony's part to replace its Playstation 3 console. Many analysts have predicted that Sony doesn't want to disrupt its PS3 business by releasing a new console too soon. Of course, Sony is planning to release its next generation portable console, the PS Vita, sometime this holiday season.

The Digitimes report also states that Sony is aiming to have 20 million PS4 units to ship in 2012, again a highly ambitious number considering how rare the PS3 was to get when it was launched back in 2006. The article also names Taiwan-based companies Foxconn and Pegatron Technology as assembling the PS4 as they have done with the PS3 console. Finally, Digitimes is claiming that the PS4 will have some sort of "body movement-based control like Kinect" as part of its technology. If that's true, that would mean that Sony believes that Microsoft's approach to motion sensing controllers is one that should be embraced rather that Nintendo's approach with its tablet-like Wii U controller. Naturally, Sony has not yet commented on the Digitimes report.

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How much more improvement, graphic wise with the next generation console. I think sony or ms will push for more content and streamlined their services. Since I know little about sony, I would think ms will push hardcore games using kinect.

The PS4 ?!? When Sony has already stated that the PS3 is a 10 year generation technology. It was roughly 10 years between the PS2 and the PS3.
The other thing that makes this hardly believable is the fact that Sony lost money on every PS3 they sold for the first few years of its release. The company only recently began making money on the console by using newer and more affordable parts.
The world doesn't need the PS4 yet. The PS3 is still the best thing around and will still be even after Nintendo and Microsoft release new consoles. I believe this information is just a rumor because of Nintendo working on their Wii U and Microsoft secretly working on their next generation XBox and lying about it.
I would halfway believe that Sony will begin to have development versions of the console, but I don't see them releasing a PS4 for another couple of years because of the cost of hardware. They would have to tone down the specifications which would actually result in it being a "PS3.5" instead of a true upgraded console.

Seeing as the PS3 was hacked and security is pretty much non-existant, I can see Sony being forced into releasing the PS4 before they wanted to.

Considering this time two years ago they were soliciting ideas from game developers about what would be useful to them in a new console, the timelines are moving as expected.

If this rumour turns out to be true.

Finally, some competition for Microsoft.
But notice how strong a brand Kinect has become by looking at the heading. Kinect-like controller, not motion-sensing device!

FMH said,
Finally, some competition for Microsoft.
But notice how strong a brand Kinect has become by looking at the heading. Kinect-like controller, not motion-sensing device!
PS3 has lost a lot of followers as of recent. I doubt the "PS4" will in way be as successful as Sony believes it will be. Especially if it's going to follow the same price tag motto that the predecessor did.

I personally find this hard to believe and think its a bogus claim. There has been NO hype, no "hey were working on the next console, etc.. When the PS3 and the XBOX 360 were released, we knew almost a full year before they even went into production, and were supposed to believe they are finalizing the design now and getting ready to ramp up production before the end of the year?

I can see MAYBE them getting ready to ship DEV kits with what will be the final specs before the end of the year, but not start producing the console itself.

if it ends up true and the ps4 does force kinect like crap on you then that pretty much makes the wii u the only logical purchase between the two. As it'll be the only one capable of having proper games.

"how rare the PS3 was to get when it was launched back in 2006" .. I don't think it was, I remember there being plenty of stock, maybe something to do with the $600 price tag.

helios01 said,
"how rare the PS3 was to get when it was launched back in 2006" .. I don't think it was, I remember there being plenty of stock, maybe something to do with the $600 price tag.

And they were still not making a profit, right? lol

Microsoft introduces online connectivity in XBOX
Microsoft introduces XBL to XBOX /XBOX360
Microsoft introduces Kinect

Playstation copies all poorly, yeah I'll stick with my XBOX 360 and upgrade with the XBOX's successor.

Alladaskill17 said,
Microsoft introduces online connectivity in XBOX
Microsoft introduces XBL to XBOX /XBOX360
Microsoft introduces Kinect

Playstation copies all poorly, yeah I'll stick with my XBOX 360 and upgrade with the XBOX's successor.


The second one's pretty moot, seeing as it's essentially the same as the first one. And as for PlayStation "copying" Kinect, remember that Kinect is essentially EyeToy with 3D tracking. Kinect is EyeToy 2.0.

Funny thing is that he said Playstation copied xbox in online connectivity...microsoft copied Playstation. Playstation 2 got Internet connectivity on July 19th, 2001. Xbox got it in November 2001. However...if you want to go into "who copied who", the Dreamcast had online connectivity in 1998. So please, keep your biased fanboy perspectives to yourself.

styxrtp said,
Funny thing is that he said Playstation copied xbox in online connectivity...microsoft copied Playstation. Playstation 2 got Internet connectivity on July 19th, 2001. Xbox got it in November 2001. However...if you want to go into "who copied who", the Dreamcast had online connectivity in 1998. So please, keep your biased fanboy perspectives to yourself.

Um you need to fact check your history a bit. Sony released the PS Network Adapter in response to XBox Live. You could 'get on the internet', but online gaming on the PS2 didn't happen until late 2002.

Sega's Dreamcast was online before either of them; however, the Sega online technologies were built by Microsoft. So MS was copying themselves.

Alladaskill17 said,
Microsoft introduces online connectivity in XBOX
Microsoft introduces XBL to XBOX /XBOX360
Microsoft introduces Kinect

Playstation copies all poorly, yeah I'll stick with my XBOX 360 and upgrade with the XBOX's successor.

You strike me as the type of person who worships their choice in console. Seek help.

Looks like you need to as well:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tony_Hawk_Pro_Skater_3

Released October 2001.

thenetavenger said,

Um you need to fact check your history a bit. Sony released the PS Network Adapter in response to XBox Live. You could 'get on the internet', but online gaming on the PS2 didn't happen until late 2002.

Sega's Dreamcast was online before either of them; however, the Sega online technologies were built by Microsoft. So MS was copying themselves.

Interesting how soon porno industry will start exploiting kinect controller "hand motion detection" to offer pornographic multimedia activities in front of family TV

jackkk1 said,
Interesting how soon porno industry will start exploiting kinect controller "hand motion detection" to offer pornographic multimedia activities in front of family TV

wtf lol

jackkk1 said,
Interesting how soon porno industry will start exploiting kinect controller "hand motion detection" to offer pornographic multimedia activities in front of family TV

We were all thinking the same thing.

jackkk1 said,
Interesting how soon porno industry will start exploiting kinect controller "hand motion detection" to offer pornographic multimedia activities in front of family TV
I'd buy it.

If it's true, then it's just proof Sony can't make their own ideas
PS Move - Wii
PS Vita - Many features from DSi/3DS
PS4? - Kinect?

TechDudeGeorge said,
If it's true, then it's just proof Sony can't make their own ideas
PS Move - Wii
PS Vita - Many features from DSi/3DS
PS4? - Kinect?

They did nothing but bash the kinect too lol

TechDudeGeorge said,
If it's true, then it's just proof Sony can't make their own ideas
PS Move - Wii
PS Vita - Many features from DSi/3DS
PS4? - Kinect?


^^^^^^^^

this !!

also im sure sony will say OH this has been in the works for years .... even before Ms released there kinect

TechDudeGeorge said,
If it's true, then it's just proof Sony can't make their own ideas
PS Move - Wii
PS Vita - Many features from DSi/3DS
PS4? - Kinect?

What about EyeToy? Kinect got influenced by it.

And PS Move was being developed since EyeToy was introduced to PS2. I'm not sure it was because of Wii.

TechDudeGeorge said,
If it's true, then it's just proof Sony can't make their own ideas
PS Move - Wii
PS Vita - Many features from DSi/3DS
PS4? - Kinect?

PS Move - In development before the Wii was even announced.
PS Vita - What original features have they nicked from the DSi/3DS. The only original ideas the DSi/3DS have are two screens in one device, and glasses-free 3D, both of which aren't on the PS Vita.

And the PS4 having Kinect is just a rumour at the moment, so don't believe it until you hear it from the horse's mouth.

Even is they did eventually announce it, it wouldn't be a Kinect ripoff, it'd be EyeToy 2.5. Don't forget that Kinect is essentially the EyeToy with 3D tracking; that's EyeToy 2.0.

TechDudeGeorge said,
If it's true, then it's just proof Sony can't make their own ideas
PS Move - Wii
PS Vita - Many features from DSi/3DS
PS4? - Kinect?

I was thinking the same thing, damn Sony I hope it isn't true. They would just be straight ripping people now.

FransB said,
So its being delivered with no controllers

Of course not, they'll be optional $50 extras. </end of tongue in cheek statement>

And if they want to launch with a motion based controller, why not continue with Move? Way to show faith in your own technology Sony.

TCLN Ryster said,

Of course not, they'll be optional $50 extras. </end of tongue in cheek statement>

And if they want to launch with a motion based controller, why not continue with Move? Way to show faith in your own technology Sony.

No one said they were scrapping it. I prefer a combination of both. Kinect has better human tracking, move has better movement tracking. Combine both and you could have an incredible gaming experience. No single device brings everything to the table, just one piece. Sony also has some pretty great cameras for head tracking. Huge advantage for fps games, something no one does yet. Not sure how good their stuff is from a distance.

Also it would be stupid for Sony not to include motion support. They need to encourage developer support and to get that, it needs to be included with every console sold. I'm sure they will still sell the add-ons for guns and whatnot, but the core will be included, the PS Eye or whatever they use next.