Currently there is a lot of disagreement as to whether Sony’s Move controller for PlayStation 3 is more impressive than Kinect for Xbox 360, both allow richer motion-based controls for games than the Wii does, however if a recent 1UP article is to be believed it looks like Sony may be slightly jealous of its competitors solution and may be bringing a similar motion based control system to its next-gen console.
1UP sourced its information from DigiTimes’ article, obviously the legitimacy of the source is questionable, however if we trust DigiTimes’ word Sony will begin PS4 production late this year and will launch the console in 2012, not only this but it will feature its own body movement-based control like Kinect, if this is the case surely it means that Sony is admitting defeat for the PlayStation Move, which only arrived roughly 10 months ago.
DigiTimes go on to say that both Pegatron Technology and Foxconn will be involved in the manufacturing of the PlayStation 4, DigiTimes did not name its source, however went on to suggest that in 2012 at least 20 million units are planned to be shipped.
Up until posting this article we were under the impression that Sony’s next console would arrive later than 2012, whilst the next-gen Microsoft console was more likely be released next year. As we previously stated we are a little dubious about the legitimacy of this information, however it at least gives us something to think about.
Recently Sony CEO Howard Stringer said the “PlayStation 3 is really just hitting its stride” and added “And technologically, I don’t think it’s possible to provide any advancement beyond what we have. What we’ve seen from the competition is trying to add features that already exist in PlayStation 3. We invested heavily in that, we rolled a very heavy rock up a steep hill, through the launch period. But now I think that all pays off, and we’ve got a long run way behind it. So, I wouldn’t look for any discussion of a next generation PlayStation for quite some time”. This certainly refutes claims that a PS4 release is headed for a 2012 release, but after seeing Crysis 2’s DirectX11-powered visuals we think that the technology is out there to give next-gen consoles much more graphical power than the PS3 and Xbox 360 currently offer.
Previously Sony has stated that the PS3 has a 10 year life cycle, if this is the case it would mean that the PS4 would arrive in 2016, we can’t envisage this, can you?
Do you like the sound of a body movement-based control system for Sony’s next console?
Also See: PS4 5.50 update notes for March 8