PS4 to be revealed in 2012?


Rumors of Sony’s new console (PS4) had been circling the gaming sites recently. It first started with a report from Digitimes, who claimed that a Taiwanese manufacturer partners will begin production of PlayStation 4 at the end of 2011 for launch in 2012! Foxconn and Pegatron (a Taiwan- based Manufacturers) assemblers of PS3 will take on the job of assembling the PS4. The rumors also claims that a planned shipment of 20 million units will be ready for launch in 2012.

The report follows another from IndustryGamers (a reliable US news site), which claimed that a top developer industry source said that “the PlayStation 4 will become a real thing in the next 18 months”. It was also reported that PS4 will feature a body movement-based control like Kinect.

Going back to May 27th, Sony made it official that they are already working on the new console. Sony’s chief financial officer (Masaru Kato) commented for Industrygamers via phone call that “For the home equipment the PS3 still has a product life, but this is a platform business, so for the future platform – when we’ll be introducing what product I cannot discuss that – but our development work is already under way, so the costs are incurred there”. He also talked about how Sony won’t make massive investment in PS4.

The next 12 months will certainly reveal more on this subject as we prepare ourselves to E3 2012, which probably will hold all the answers to our suspicions and speculations. Are we ready for a new console? is the PS3 era coming to an end?, or is WiiU too much of a threat to both Sony and Microsoft? I’ll leave the answers to you …


Written by: Cheeto - News Contributor


  1. #1 by The_Nmac on July 5th, 2011 [ 47093 Points ]

    Sony is still going to hit the ten year mark on the PS3. If a new console is in development it won’t be out until 2015 at the earliest. There is still plenty left that the ps3 can do. How often do we hear of a new console and it still takes 4-5 years to come ouit.

  2. #2 by Royalty32 on July 5th, 2011 [ 1020 Points ]

    I highly, HIGHLY doubt that the ps4 will be released next year. It may be in development in 2012 but not released. PS3 still has alot of life left and plenty of good games to come. Im stickin to 2014 for both Sony and M$ to release their new consoles.

  3. #3 by EdEN on July 5th, 2011 [ 139651 Points ]

    @The_Nmac: The whole “10 year cycle” is pure PR BS. The PS2 had a 10 year cycle since games still got released on it but it was mostly movie based games and not very good games. By that same argument, the NES had a 15 year cycle.

    Sony COULD show some tech demos for the PS4 but the system itself won’t be out until 2013 at the earliest since they would have to take a $400 hit on each console sold to get it out at $400 and Sony is in no condition to release the Vita (at a huge loss) AND a console (again, at a huge loss) along with all the revenue and expenses from the PSN hack.

    Not. Going. To. Happen.

    But… what if it does? Well, it would be a huge gamble and Sony would risk joining SEGA.

  4. #4 by Jason on July 5th, 2011 [ 25926 Points ]

    Ill be happy with the new nintendo for quite some time. Sadly the microsoft and sony next next gen hardware will be a wait and see for me. I bought the xbox 360 to early, day 1 and suffered 6 consoles dying while ps3 was ylod as well. I have learned to wait. Nintendo has always had reliable hardware an the power behind the new platform is steps above what we currently have. As a gamer its hard to not buy into it day 1. If it ends up exploding into smoke and fire I will eat my words. When the ps4 does hit I will sit quietly watching the forums the first few months. If it releases with a monster hunter Ill have to buy day one though :P

  5. #5 by CHEETO on July 5th, 2011

    I am not sure what to make of this. I was getting mixed feelings while writing this. I had a 360 for quite a while, then it died completely beyond restoration. I introduced my T.V to the PS3 last month only and I was expecting to take full advantage of it, at least for the next 2 years. I just wish that all this rumors and speculations are just what they are. I actually hope that every thing you guys said about the PS3 not reaching it full potential are true. However, there is no smoke without fire!

  6. #6 by Pedro on July 5th, 2011 [ 39949 Points ]

    I agree with Jason.

    At first Nintendo U will be a lot of fun, and has some potential. I also don’t think PS4 will be release 2012, but we can only hope I guess…

  7. #7 by Darklurkr23 on July 5th, 2011 [ 22371 Points ]

    Omg omg are the Trophies going to role over. That’s is all I care about.

  8. #8 by Trieloth on July 5th, 2011 [ 3426 Points ]

    Man the internet and all its nosey ways dont let any kind of surprises happen these days. Well if does come out that soon iam sure i will get it. There will be something there that makes me go, omg i gotta have it. But if it dont have the same or very simular controller as my ps3 and they go controller less like the eye toy/kinect then they can suck it.
    The new nintendo wii u thing looks cool and i might actually buy a nintendo product again (super nintendo was the last one). As far as the 720 or what ever they call it will be a absolute no buy.

  9. #9 by Jay on July 5th, 2011 [ 83111 Points ]

    Plenty of developers have said the Wii U is almost as powerful as PS3/360, so I guess it took them another 5 years to become current gen. Saying it was more powerful was a PR stunt to make people think they’re getting this power house of a console.

    The PS4 is obviously in development and has been since the development of the PS3 ended and the production began. If Sony follows the same route as the PSP and PS3, the PS4 will be announced/released next year.

    Does the PS3 still have a lot of life left in it? Of course. A year before the PS3 was announced, people were sure that the PS2 still had a few years left in it, since games like God of War 2 and the like were popular and thought an announcement of the PS3 would be too soon. And then they showed the 360. But the PS2 still had some decent games coming out, even after the PS3 released. The only difference is, the 360 had a lot more power and visual capabilities than the PS2 did, and thus a PS3 was necessary. Not like the Wii U and PS3, where the Wii U is about the same as far as those capabilities go. In that sense, then, the PS3 could still be a ways off, but doubtful (even the Vita/PS3 combo can do everything the Wii U does, and the Vita is multi-touch). A 2012 announcement is highly likely.

  10. #10 by SL33PY on July 6th, 2011 [ 2371 Points ]

    The PS2 had a ten year span indeed, don’t forget that the PS3 entered the market when the PS2 had been in the market for 6 (or 7) years. Taking that fact in account, it is very plausible to see a PS4 by the end of next year.

    Also if Sony is as smart as I always thought they were in the past, the PS4 architecture will be similar to the PS3′s but with some small optimalizations.

    1: Cell Processor with 16 APU’s, the programmers got used to APU programming, no need to ditch the Cell.
    2: Full memory access for each APU. At this time each APU only has 256K of memory that it can use to do a job. Way too little imo.
    3: More RAM, the PS3 had only 512Mb of Ram and, more problematic, half of it was ALWAYS reserved for video, while developers didn’t need that much RAM for the current graphics. They needed more general working RAM
    4: The latest and greatest chip of nVidia
    5: Faster BD (maybe quieter too?)

    Slap on a 500Gb HD and the research is as good as done :)

    The main part of R&D imo should go to interfacing, messaging, network security and integration of platforms.

    I also recall a job opening with Sony of several years ago, asking for a senior developer to write an emulator that is capable to run PS1& PS2 games on the PS3 (and future) platform. I hope it’ll be done by next year. That’d be awesome :)

    Here’s hoping for a killer PS4, the likes that we have never seen before!

  11. #11 by CHEETO on July 6th, 2011

    I am not ready for a PS4. I still think that the PS3 have at least 2 more years to reach some of its potential. There are so many good titles coming out this year and a few that we’ve been waiting for several years and they still in development. I would say that we might see a PS4 in concept in 2012 E3, but the units won’t ship before fall 2013. The game developers are pushing for new systems to run their engines at full capacity, which will bring a different prospective to the equation.

  12. #12 by Sinlock on July 6th, 2011 [ 7625 Points ]

    @Darklurkr23 “Omg omg are the Trophies going to role over. That’s is all I care about.”

    Dude from my point of view thats the comment of the week! :)

  13. #13 by Sinlock on July 6th, 2011 [ 7625 Points ]

    SL33PY: Also if Sony is as smart as I always thought they were in the past, the PS4 architecture will be similar to the PS3′s but with some small optimalizations.
    1: Cell Processor with 16 APU’s, the programmers got used to APU programming, no need to ditch the Cell.
    2: Full memory access for each APU. At this time each APU only has 256K of memory that it can use to do a job. Way too little imo.
    3: More RAM, the PS3 had only 512Mb of Ram and, more problematic, half of it was ALWAYS reserved for video, while developers didn’t need that much RAM for the current graphics. They needed more general working RAM
    4: The latest and greatest chip of nVidia
    5: Faster BD (maybe quieter too?)
    Slap on a 500Gb HD and the research is as good as done

    I’d make one “Dream” change. Make the HDD a Solid State HDD.
    That would me a major game changer. With lower power use, extreamly fast, lower heat output, and pretty much silent.

    Bad thing is SS-HDD’s are stupidly expensive right now. A standard HDD cost around (US)$0.05-$0.10/GB. Right now SS-HDDs are in the price area of around (US)$1.20/GB. Thats the price point standard HDD’s were at in 2001.

    So it would be cool but the price is what kills the idea…..But we can still dream.

  14. #14 by Royalty32 on July 6th, 2011 [ 1020 Points ]

    If these “RUMORS” are true and Sony is releasing the ps4 next yr i think its a HUGE mistake. When M$ annouces there next console then sony should reveil theirs. Nintendo to me is not a big threat. They always take two steps for and two steps back.

  15. #15 by Pedro on July 6th, 2011 [ 39949 Points ]

    Sinlock:
    I’d make one “Dream” change. Make the HDD a Solid State HDD.
    That would me a major game changer. With lower power use, extreamly fast, lower heat output, and pretty much silent.Bad thing is SS-HDD’s are stupidly expensive right now. A standard HDD cost around (US)$0.05-$0.10/GB. Right now SS-HDDs are in the price area of around (US)$1.20/GB. Thats the price point standard HDD’s were at in 2001.So it would be cool but the price is what kills the idea…..But we can still dream.  

    You shouldn’t forget PS3 was really expensive when it came out, so we might see something similar for the PS4, with prices decreasing gradually over the years obviously.

    I’m all forward, I don’t see why they should cut back on pricing, if that, in the end, makes the console last a couple more years. I personally think it’s worth it.

    The worst thing of any console is that late in it’s life devs push it too hard and it ends up hurting gameplay. Don’t get me wrong, I love good graphics, but I prefer a smooth experience, with short loading times and smooth frame rate. So they shouldn’t be cheap otherwise, it’s just going to hurt us gamers in the end.

    Maybe in the USA it’s common to just pile up consoles on your living room, but here it’s a big expense and we have to plan accordingly, still the PS3 cost over U$800 here, so you get the point.

    Anyway, what I meant to say is, sometimes, it’s worth it to pay more for better quality and longer life span.

  16. #16 by xDeFcoN_2FasT4Ux on July 6th, 2011 [ 2160 Points ]

    I don’t want to see another PlayStation till maybe 2017 at max. I’m going to college in 2012. I mean come on, I’ll be playing PS4, and like completely ignoring my studies.


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