It’s possible that how the PlayStation 3 fares in the current console war may also determine the release date of the PS4, for a couple of reasons. If the system continues to flounder in 3rd place, failing to generate the revenue which was initially expected of it, Sony may be far more eager to cut their losses and rush the PS4 to market sooner. Only as the system’s life spans come to an end will we likely see the PlayStation 3 come out with games that clearly trump what the 360 can do graphically.
PlayStation 4 may not yet have any official information that may lead to the system’s Future launch, but accepted dates are around 2012, rumors has it that it is already already being put into motion and tested in Japan Sony Development centers.
When we look back Sony always tried and jumped the gun on the next generation console wars and get their system out the door first. The PlayStation 1 was first released in late 1994 in Japan and 1995 throughout the rest of the world earlier than their competition (Sega Saturn, and well before the Nintendo 64).
The PlayStation 2 hit stores in 2000, giving the PlayStation 1 a retail shelf life of 6 years from its Japanese launch and was released before both the Xbox and Nintendo Gamecube
Even the PS3 was believed to be a rushed when the PS2 ran out its popularity. Meanwhile, We will have to wait a little while longer. How Sony plans to play their hand is cause for much speculation. What we do know is that the PlayStation 4 is coming sooner than we may think, and it will take gaming to a whole new level.