PlayStation 4 rumors point to 2012 unveil

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Recently we told you about the announcement by Sony of a new version of the PlayStation 3. The new model is said to be lighter and more energy efficient, and at the moment only confirmed for a Japan release. There has been talk of the next generation of games consoles from Microsoft and Sony could be with us within two years. Now more PlayStation rumors point to 2012 unveil.

The current PS3 and Xbox 360 are the longest console cycle that has been seen, and recent rumors have suggested that the Xbox 720 will be revealed at next year’s E3 event. James Brightman of IndustryGamers is reporting sources have said that Sony is thinking of revealing the PlayStation 4 sometime next year as well.

Sony may not want to be left behind if Microsoft does announce a new Xbox next year, and prevent a repeat of what happened with the Xbox 360. Many analysts don’t see the new Nintendo Wii U being seen as a threat to Sony and Microsoft, as the new Wii is just catching up to the current PS3 and Xbox 360. It could also mean that Microsoft and Sony waiting to see what the Wii U is like and how the gaming public takes to it before finalizing specifications for their next generation consoles.

Michael Pachter of Wedbush Securities thinks the PS4 will be unveiled in 2013 with a 2014 release date. While Colin Sebastian once of Lazard Capital thinks Sony will be assessing its gaming business before it invests into a new console. It is also thought the company will concentrate on the PS Vita and drop the price of the PS3 to provide a better view of the health of its gaming arm.

If Sony can concentrate on the PS3 it could see the company making some serious money on the console. The company itself has recently said it would not be spending as much on the next console as it did with the PS3. But if the lifespan of the PS3 was to end soon it could mean a big loss for Sony.

Future games consoles need to be a complete entertainment system now as they come under more competition from other platforms such as tablets and smartphones. Even the current lineup of consoles provides more ways to interact with the outside world, as well as providing users the opportunity to stream movies and music.

Sony’s recent problems with the hacking of its PlayStation Network won’t have helped matters, and would of cost the company a great deal of lost money. With comments by sources from Sony and Microsoft both stating the current consoles still have life left in them, will we see new versions of the Xbox and PlayStation anytime soon?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=567958754 Zuby A. Ahmed

    i dont think they should realse any console in 2012 or unviel, 2013 for me and the console should come out 2014, too early the games we are seeing now are amazing like the grpahics and the true power of ps3 and 360.

  • Anonymous

    @facebook-567958754:disqus I Agree

  • http://www.facebook.com/scottguesty Scott Ryan Guest

    what interests me about this all, is that we have no idea how powerful the wii u will be other than nintendo claiming it will match current consoles. if this is true and if nintendo get the same sort of reception for the wii u that they did for the wii, then perhaps we could see that as a possible kick start for sony and microsoft so that they can stay that one step ahead of nintendo as they have with current generation consoles. i think the better question at the moment is regardless of when the new systems are launched is what they will be like. what i mean by this, is will they emulate what nintendo have done with the tablet like controller for the wii u, will they stay with a standard controller, will they implement their own technologies (such as kinect and move) as the default control scheme. personally i can’t see new consoles from sony or microsoft until 2013, but i would not be surprised by and unveil at next years e3.

  • Anonymous

    Sony and Microsoft have already said that their “nextgen” consoles will not be a massive leap ahead in power, but that they will be focusing on broadening their user base – meaning more casual gaming and possibly other markets. 

    With the Wii U likely to be a little more powerful than the Xbox, I’m thinking things will progress something like this; Sony are unlikely to bring out a new console soon, why would they, the PS3 is just earning serious money and any newer consoles will not be significantly better? MS might well produce another Xbox, but are most likely to consolidate the 360, rather create an entirely new machine. By that, I mean they will certainly integrate Kinect with the base unit and probably up the system ram and the capacity of the optical discs the Xbox uses. More than this will likely be tweaks in power and little else.

    In terms of power, the differences will be so small between all three consoles that most users won’t notice or care. Let’s face it, the PS3 has been more powerful than the Xbox for years and the Xbox is doing okay.

    At last competition will be, mostly, down to quality of product and services… now that is exciting.

  • Anonymous

    Sony and Microsoft have already said that their “nextgen” consoles will not be a massive leap ahead in power, but that they will be focusing on broadening their user base – meaning more casual gaming and possibly other markets. 

    With the Wii U likely to be a little more powerful than the Xbox, I’m thinking things will progress something like this; Sony are unlikely to bring out a new console soon, why would they, the PS3 is just earning serious money and any newer consoles will not be significantly better? MS might well produce another Xbox, but are most likely to consolidate the 360, rather create an entirely new machine. By that, I mean they will certainly integrate Kinect with the base unit and probably up the system ram and the capacity of the optical discs the Xbox uses. More than this will likely be tweaks in power and little else.

    In terms of power, the differences will be so small between all three consoles that most users won’t notice or care. Let’s face it, the PS3 has been more powerful than the Xbox for years and the Xbox is doing okay.

    At last competition will be, mostly, down to quality of product and services… now that is exciting.

  • Anonymous

    I think next gen will see a big performance leap as far as CPU, GPU and network performance is concerned. I say this because the current gen is beginning to lose it’s luster running everything at 25-30FPS framerate drops, and console network cards aren’t necessarily fast. With a little research and a lot of manufacturing, technology tends to cheapen–and if Sony or Microsoft can figure out a cheap way to produce something with the power of a GTX580 2-way SLI, I can see it happening. Look at console games. Low quality jaggy shaders, lack of FOV, medium quality textures, pop-ins, texture streaming–we’ll see a new console within the next year or two–otherwise, games will just start to look worse and worse on consoles, and reviews will get worse and worse, as playability becomes more difficult.

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  • yip

     Games look great now already. How about we get some new ideas in gaming. Nintendo tried with the wii, but suffered due to the graphical capabilities and not perfect tech in the controllers. The wii u seems to be on target as long as they get some minor things right like analogue sticks. Can’t wait to play with an extra screen, going to be really great.