jnaze
Apr 18, 2013

How much will the PS4 launch price be?

Any guesses on what Sony's Playstation 4 will cost when it launches? Blogger Peter Smith speculates on the price point here:

http://www.itworld.com/personal-tech/352709/thoughtful-speculation-ps4-p...
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dniblock
11/14/2013

This time they actually include an HDMI cable, too. It annoyed me more than it probably should have that both the X360 and PS3 included only a composite cable. That’s right, COMPOSITE (red audio, white audio, yellow video), so you could “enjoy” your 1080p capable console in 480i. Thanks for including it this time, Good Guy Sony.

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Jesse Sheets
11/14/2013

399.00 us dollars. 200 less than the ps3 release date

jimlynch
04/18/2013
I'll take a guess and say $299. That seems like a reasonable price to me for such a new device. However, there has been such a huge upswing in mobile device gaming that perhaps these new consoles might have to be priced lower to gain market share. If you can game on your phone or tablet, do you really want or need to buy a PS4?
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dniblock
04/18/2013

As the article pointed out, Sony wasn't shy about pricing the PS3 absurdly high, at least initially. I think we can also look at Sony's pricing decisions with respect to the new Vita and older PSP, both of which launched at $250-300. If I'm not mistaken, that price was significantly higher then other contemporary handheld systems. Sony has never been a company to price its products at the low end of the scale, and I do not expect them to suddenly decide to do so with the PS4. Looking at the current competition, the Nintendo Wii U is placed at $299 for the no-game, limited internal storage model, and $349 for the version everyone wants. You can be certain, absolutely certain, that the PS4 will be priced higher and almost assuredly will have more powerful and more expensive hardware. Sony's lowest price is unlikely to be less than $400 (or $399), and I think it is more likely to be in the $450 range. Sony doesn't have the luxury of emulating Microsoft's business model and taking a loss on the hardware with the anticipation of making it up through hardware sales, nor does it have a handheld system that is selling enough units to pick up the slack in the way Nintendo does.

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