Another new report names 2012 as the release year for Sony’s next home console, the PlayStation 4.
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.
Foxconn and Pegatron Technology, assemblers of PS3, will undertake assembly of PS4 as well, the sources pointed out. The planned shipment volume of PS4 in 2012 is at least 20 million units, the sources indicated.
The 20-million-shipped number implies that Sony would be launching the system in more markets than just Japan in 2012. That doesn’t really help to peg a release date, as Sony could very well decide to launch in multiple markets in the same window, as it did with the PS3.
Sony has yet to comment on the report as of yet, though don’t count on hearing much more than the usual “no comment” spiel.