PlayStation 4 in 2012, report claims

Includes Kinect-like tech built in.

The PlayStation 4 will launch next year and feature Kinect-like motion control, according to a new report.

The DigiTimes, citing Taiwan-based component makers, said Sony's manufacturing partners will begin production of the PS4 at the end of 2011.

Foxconn and Pegatron Technology, which assemble the PlayStation 3, are in charge of making the PS4, apparently. Sony is said to be planning to ship at least 20 million units next year.

And there's "body movement-based control like Kinect", claims the report.

A 2012 launch contradicts comments made by Sony throughout the PS3's five-year life.

Only last month then Sony Computer Entertainment Europe boss Andrew House told Eurogamer the PS3 has a "ten years-plus" lifecycle.

Nintendo launches its next home console, the Wii U, in 2012, but not before April.

Microsoft is rumoured to be readying an E3 2012 announcement for the next Xbox, with a 2013 launch described as "likely".

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