Report: The PlayStation 4 Will Have Kinect-Style Motion Controls

Next year, Nintendo is releasing a new home console, the Wii U. Taiwanese component makers tell tech site DigiTimes that Sony is readying a new home console for 2012. But that's not the interesting part.

These component manufacturer sources tell DigiTimes that the PlayStation 4 will feature body-movement controls like Microsoft's Kinect. That's the interesting, if not unexpected, part.

The PS3 currently has PlayStation Move motion controls, which are similar to the Wii's motion controls.

The report states Foxconn and Pegatron Technology will assemble the PS4 for Sony. Foxconn and Pegatron Technology both assemble the PS3, which was originally manufactured in Japan.

Sources told DigiTimes that the PS4 will go into production at the end of 2011 for a 2012 launch. Apparently Sony will manufacture 20 million PS4 consoles for 2012.

Previously, Kotaku reported that 2014 seems likely for a new Sony or Microsoft console - 2013 if either Sony or Microsoft feels pushed. 2013 seems like a far more realistic date for a new PlayStation 4 than 2012, which is next year.

What's more, America's slow economic recovery could make launching after 2012 ultimately more profitable. Also, Sony is releasing its new portable, the PS Vita this year, and the Tokyo-based electronics giant might need a breather between hardware launches.

Taiwan-based component makers tell DigiTimes that the PlayStation 4 will feature body-movement controls like Microsoft's Kinect.

If DigiTimes' sources are correct, Sony could look to get the jump on Microsoft and thwart Nintendo in one fell swoop.

Since the PS3 launched, Sony has touted the machine's 10 year lifespan. The PS3 launched in 2006, six years into the PS2's lifespan. Even after the PS3 launched, Sony continued to support the PlayStation 2.

If the PlayStation 4 launches in 2012, that would be six years into the PS3's lifespan. Sony could continue to support the PS3 as it did with the PlayStation 2.

Kotaku reached out to Sony and will update this post should the company comment.

Sony to start production of PS4 at end of 2011, say Taiwan makers [DigiTimes via Wall Street Journal - Thanks ED!]

Top photo remix: Luke Plunkett/Kotaku Republished from Kotaku


Comments

    Correction: The Playstation 2 had Kinect-style Motion Controls

      I love how every always claims that sony copies trends when in reality they have set a fair few of their own to begin with. Let's not forget that it was the PS1 which broke into the optical disc based game format which is now the standard.

      Then there is as Korick put it the Eye Toy which was a first generation camera based controller which came with a bunch of games that the Kinect basicly just beefed up.

      As for Nintendo being a trend leader it is worth noting that not only were infra-red (Pulse vibrator anyone?) controllers around before the Wii but so were controller based visual feeds (Dream cast), just because you refine something ten years later doesn't make it revolutionary it really just means you have done your research and are willing to push a more ambitious idea.

        Actually it was the Sega Saturn that first had an optical disc drive as part of the console and not an add on.

        Nintendo was also the first with a d-pad, analog stick, shoulder buttons.

        Just saying

    And the PS1 was originally a joint Nintendo console, but Nintendo wanted to stay with cartridges so the companies made separate consoles.

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