99w ago - Today Aaron Lee of DigiTimes.com (linked above) reports that according to Taiwan makers Sony is rumored to start production of the PS4 console at the end of 2011.
To quote: Sony will have Taiwan-based partners begin production of PlayStation 4 (PS4) featuring body movement-based control like Kinect at the end of 2011 for launch in 2012, according to Taiwan-based component makers.
Foxconn and Pegatron Technology, assemblers of PS3, will undertake assembly of PS4 as well, the sources pointed out.
The planned shipment volume of PS4 in 2012 is at least 20 million units, the sources indicated.
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Backing storage generally has little impact on a games performance. There's no point in having a super fast HDD or SSD installed if you're games are going to be distributed on discs, unless you have to install them all in which case an SSD wouldn't be ideal since you'd be prioritising capacity over speed if each game is 10GB+. They'd be far better off just massively increasing the RAM capacity so loading sections are fewer and further between.
I think higher res than 1080p is also very unlikely since there's no demand for a greater resolution TV like 4k (Blu Ray spec wont change and TV broadcasters have barely even gotten into HD yet) and people have just bought their HD tv's.
Solid state drives are still very expensive, a drive of sufficient size would drive the price up significantly. I also disagree on the resolution, most of the games on the PS3 are 1280x720 rather than 1920x1080. The only way I see support for a touch screen, is allowing the Vita to be used as a controller. I fail to see how 1920x1080 isn't a sufficient resolution for TV or games; unless you've got your face stuck to a 50"+ TV :P. Supporting higher resolutions would only cause whatever graphics processor they use to be more expensive, to support such resolutions without sacrificing quality. In 2013/14 prices might be a little more reasonable, like you said, certainly not next year though.
[quote=Viewtonic]Buying the PS3 was a mistake. Never again Sony... [/quote]
There are plenty of games for it?
The next gen wii is hardly rumoured, Nintendo themselves unveiled it at e3. It's called the Wii U. Sony and Microsoft have both point blank denied they're releasing any new consoles (other than vita) in the next two years and their projected earnings back them up.
Microsoft are most likely to release a new console at the end of 2013 with a reveal next year at some point, with Sony at most a year behind them. Maybe later, but 100% definitely not before then otherwise investors would have already been notified and dev studios wouldn't be flat out denying they have the dev kits. As for Nintendos Wii U it's already confirmed for a 2012 launch, probably end of 2012 since the games are so early in development and they'll want to release around Christmas.