The PlayStation 4 will launch in "at least" one region in 2013, but precise details on its release timing haven't been nailed down.
That's according to SCEE's UK managing director, Fergal Gara, who told Digital Spy in an interview that the platform holder will release more specific launch plans at a later date.
"We will launch it this year," Gara said, adding that "exactly what regions, what timing, is being worked through."
The UK boss added: "Which regions in 2013 - is it all of them, is it some of them? Is there some degree of phasing? We'll reveal that in more detail later but we can't yet."
Asked if it's a case that one region will get the PS4 this year, Gara replied: "At least. It will launch this year, but the precise details as I say for exact dates, exact regions, is it all or some of them? We don't know."
Last week Sony confirmed a rough 'Holiday 2013' PS4 release date.
It wasn't specified whether the system will launch globally this year or only in certain territories, as has been rumoured.