According to Taiwan-based component makers, the PlayStation 4 will start hardware production by the end of this year. The unnamed Taiwan partners have told the DigiTimes that not only will Sony’s next console arrive earlier than expected, but it will feature body movement-based control, akin to Microsoft’s Kinect.
This throws up a few red flags, however. The PS3 recently adopted its own Wiimote-like motion consoles with PlayStation Move, and if the rumors of a second type of motion control are to be believed, that would mean that Sony would be awkwardly positioned with two potential motion control types for their next console. It’s highly unlikely that the Move won’t be either forward compatible, or at the very least supported for another few years. According to Sony, they’re just getting started with the Move.
What’s perhaps even more perplexing is the idea that Sony would be manufacturing a new console this early in the game, especially after they very specifically said not to expect it anytime soon.
I don’t know what to make of this. There wasn’t the slightest implication of a new Sony console at E3, and according to their ten-year plan, the PS4 would be clocking in a bit early. (Though, ten years of PS3 support doesn’t necessarily mean ten years without a new console, I suppose.)
With the PS Vita right around the corner, and the Wii U slated for 2012, it’s already looking like an expensive year for gamers. Toss in the potential hands-free PS4, and it’s time for me to start looking for organ buyers.