PS4 release date, news and rumours

Latest rumours suggest that the PS4 will launch in time for Christmas 2013, though Sony are remaining quiet on the issue.

VG247 is quoting an anonymous source (always a bad start to a rumour) as saying that Sony believes it is in a position to get the PS4 out of the door before the launch of Microsoft’s Xbox 720.

We remember, of course, how Microsoft managed to launch the 360 a full year before the PS3 went on sale and that enabled it to gain a huge headstart, despite all sorts of technical faults and expensive repair bills.

So it’s a no-brainer that Sony will be looking to make sure that doesn’t happen this time. How it can be so sure of beating Microsoft to the punch is another matter though, and as usual we’d take these anonymous comments with a glass of salty water.

Meanwhile, if you side with the likes of ITProPortal, you might believe that “the whole concept of a single lounge-bound gaming device may become obsolete”. The future of gaming may well lie in a more portable device/controller that you can play on the move or plug into your TV. Epic’s Mark Rein has some interesting thoughts on this here.

Senior execs for a big US retailer told their shareholders that they don’t expect the Xbox 720 and PlayStation 4 til 2014. That seems like a good guess to us, even though Sony has always said the PS3 will have a 10-year life cycle (which began in 2006).

Bethesda’s Todd Howard, game director for the blockbuster Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, also says that gamers should not expect follow-ups to the PS3 and Xbox 360 until 2014, at the very earliest.