Sony “confident” in beating Microsoft to next-gen kick off – report

It would seem like Sony aren’t eager to repeat the PS3’s shaky launch come the next-generation of consoles. More reports from VG247 today suggest that the company is “confident” that it will launch its next PlayStation console before Microsoft gets the upper hand with its Xbox 360 follow up.

A source reportedly told the site: “Sony are completely in the belief that they have the jump on Microsoft this time. You should be watching the timing of next year’s E3 keynotes, and who’s going to go first.”

Another source stated that all three console manufacturers will have their new systems in place “by 2014.”

Last week saw the first major rumors of the PS4’s existence, suggesting that it’s codenamed Orbis and doesn’t play pre-owned titles.

“Top line publishers already know about it,” one source said. “Developers working with publishers – like Ubisoft, for example – already know what’s going on. They’re already working on it.”

Apparently “most developers” will be fully briefed “by the end of this year,” but some have been invited to events in May and June in the US to see it early.

Further reports on the tech side also suggest that the recently-released PS Vita will be able to connect to the PS4 much like Nintendo’s Wii U plans to do. That means twin-stick and touch controls could be implemented into games, as well as a host of other features.

Earlier today a fresh batch of rumors about the next Xbox surfaced. When we’ll see either company’s next effort is currently unknown.