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Report: PlayStation 3 successor launching in 2012

DigiTimes report claims the device will also come with a Kinect-like controller-less motion-gaming feature built in.

Will the PS3 be replaced next year?
Will the PS3 be replaced next year? Sony

Sony is planning to launch a follow-up to the PlayStation 3 next year, DigiTimes is reporting.

Citing "Taiwan-based component makers," DigiTimes says production on the console will start at the end of this year. However, the component makers did not say exactly when next year the device might launch.

Though DigiTimes' sources call Sony's next console the PlayStation 4, it's important to note that the company has yet to even announce its next console, let alone name it.

DigiTimes didn't report on the device's graphical capabilities, but the publication's sources said the console will boast a Kinect-like feature, allowing users to play games with only the movement of their bodies.

The DigiTimes report comes just a few months after game blog Kotaku cited its own sources saying that neither Sony nor Microsoft were planning to launch follow-ups to their current consoles until 2014. So far, however, neither company has said for sure when they might release new hardware.

If Sony does release a new console next year, it won't be alone. Earlier this year, Nintendo unveiled plans to release its follow-up to the Wii, called Wii U. The device promises better graphical capabilities and a new controller that boasts a 6.2-inch touch screen. Nintendo hasn't said exactly when the Wii U will hit store shelves next year or how much it will cost.

If DigiTimes' sources are correct, Sony has high hopes for its next console. In 2012 alone, according to the publication's sources, Sony expects to ship 20 million units.

A Sony spokesman told CNET in an e-mailed statement today that DigiTimes' report "is a rumor."

Update at 1:57 p.m. PT to include Sony's statement.