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How long have we been hearing about the PlayStation 4? About a year after the launch of the PlayStation 3, right? Well, the rumor train for the PS4 has yet to slow down, however, some new information has surfaced that seems like it could potentially be legit. Apparently the assembly companies for Sony PlayStation products have confirmed that the PS4’s production will start this year for a 2012 launch.

The supposed insider news comes from DigiTimes, who has talked with an industry insider who claims that Foxconn and Pegatron Technology are gearing up to start the assembly for producing a mass quantity of PlayStation 4 units for a holiday 2012 launch; that’s about 20 million units to be exact.

The new PlayStation console is also expected to have Kinect-type functionality with full body recognition. Apparently keeping gamers off the sofa has officially become part of the next-gen marketing scheme.

Some PlayStation enthusiasts over at The Sixth Axis believe that perhaps there was misinformation lost in translation, and perhaps the insider meant the PS Vita or potentially a new PS3 Slim and not necessarily the PlayStation 4 itself. That theory makes some sense, but 20 million is a large number and is more-so for market share establishment rather than just garnering a few sales for late comers to the current-gen party. Then again, who is to say that the 20 million figure could also have been lost in translation?

Regardless, the assembly companies behind the PlayStation home consoles will be producing something at the end of this year for a hearty launch next year. Most people with a lick of common sense would easily say that it’s far too early for a PS4 but I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.