Sony PS4 release date, pictures, price & specs rumours
Discover the latest Sony Playstation 4 rumours - including release date, price, specs, pictures & games - surrounding Sony’s next-gen console
Update: Analyst claims the PS4 could be released in 2014, a year after the Xbox 720 and two years after Nintendo's Wii U
Since its incarnation in 2006, the Sony Playstation 3 has been the console of choice for gaming nuts – over 50m units have been sold worldwide so far - with its integrated Blu-ray player and a host of other capabilities making it the darling of the games industry.
But while fanboys continue to hype up its credentials, a spate of rumours are pointing to the launch of a next generation PlayStation console, dubbed the PS4 or PlayStation Orbis.
When is the PS4 out?
Release dates of future consoles are always a hot topic and the launch of the rumoured PS4 is no exception.
When the PlayStation 3 was launched back in 2006, Sony declared the console had a ten-year lifecycle, so it wouldn't be introducing a new console until the PS3's shelf life expired.
The gaming giant was confident the tech inside the PS3 was 'future proof' and this appeared to quash rumours of a PS4 release before 2016.
Sony CEO Kaz Hirai said: “We are not making any announcements at E3.” He also supported the ten year life span of the console saying that he “Always said a ten year life cycle for PS3, and there is no reason to go away from that."
Update: M2 Research analyst Billy Pidgeon, believes the PS3 will continue to sell well throughout the remainder of 2012, as well as next year, when the price is expected to be reduced to $150.
What will it be like?
With technology rapidly improving there are no guarantees that the rumoured specification will remain the same.
One source again at Kotaku has leaked some basic information about the specification. The console is rumoured to have an AMD x64 CPU and 28nm AMD Southern Islands graphics power.
Will it have backwards compatibility?
Sony initially offered backwards compatibility for PlayStation and PlayStation 2 games on the PlayStation 3.