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Submitted by doctorstrange 1108d ago | opinion piece

How Much Would you Pay for a PS4?

Since we don’t miss an opportunity to include PS4 in our titles, we’ll be doing three PS4-themed Ask PSLSes in a row after you asked for it. To start us off, we wanted to focus on a very important aspect of the PlayStation 4 – the price.
-PSLS (Next-Gen, PS4, Wii U, Xbox One)

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NYC_Gamer  +   1108d ago
I'll drop 450-500 on PS4.
nukeitall  +   1108d ago
I would say, depends on what the PS4 is offering?

I don't mind dropping a $1000 on a MS Surface Pro, so it really boils down to how Sony is justifying the price.
Redrum059  +   1108d ago
OVER 9000!!! D:<
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Hydrolex  +   1108d ago
wouldn't pay more than 500 max ! and that's enough for a big company like sony to charge per console to make a great and a powerful console...
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Conzul  +   1107d ago
For the standard SKU....I would pay up to $500 to get it at launch.

IF (very unlikely) there was a more expensive model that incorporated stuff like full backwards compatibility, SSD, or other worthy surprises, I'd drop as much as $1000.

Hell, I plan on spending that much and more on an Xperia Z and Xperia Tablet Z in a few months anyway.
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Septic  +   1107d ago
What nuketail said.

I have no idea what it's offering but it'll be a day one purchase for me anyway unless it turns out to be rubbish which I highly doubt.
inveni0  +   1107d ago
Totally depends on specs. WiiU specs, and I won't drop more than $199. Really nice specs, however, and I'll pay up to $600 with a smile on my face.
Mykky  +   1107d ago
This time I will be waiting before I buy any console on launch, if I can hold back my temptation. Cheaper and improved console, and a bigger game library to buy from.
Doubth I'm going to drop more than 400$-450$ though.
blitz0623  +   1107d ago
Depends on what it offers - specs, launch games, other services. Just from the specs, I'm willing to put down a max of $400. Give me good (and I mean Uncharted good) launch games and I will happily throw in up to $500.
mattdillahunty  +   1107d ago
i'd pay $300-400 on it, depending on what games it has. if it comes out with a launch lineup like the PS3, then i'll pass, because i'm not overpaying for a graphics upgrade that will be less than what i can run on my current PC. but if it comes out with absolute must-play games that i can't get anywhere else, then i might be persuaded to spend that much on it.
BrunoM  +   1108d ago
500 I would go for it day one over that I probably will end up getting but over 600 ain't happening
lilbrat23  +   1107d ago
Depends on specs but $300-$400 nothing more.
lilbrat23  +   1107d ago
Depends on specs, but $300-$400 nothing more.
Flavor  +   1108d ago
You drop anything more than $299/$350 on the next PS console you are a fool.
BrianG  +   1108d ago
juandren  +   1108d ago
You drop anything more than $50 on the current Xbox console and you are a fool
kneon  +   1108d ago
Why? I spend more than that each week just on bars and restaurants.

If it's got the games I want to play and it's got the specs to justify the price then I have no problem with $1000 PS4. But I know that's not going to happen as it would bomb at that price.
SkyGamer  +   1108d ago
Try thinking mid level pc specs with more limited functionality. More than 350 for new Xbox or ps is a rip.
Outside_ofthe_Box  +   1108d ago
***"Try thinking mid level pc specs with more limited functionality. More than 350 for new Xbox or ps is a rip."***

Mid level? LOL next gen consoles will essentially be high end PCs at bargain price.

Even $700 for next gen consoles would be bargain if you are comparing it to a PC as buying the PC equivalent to next gen consoles will cost well over $1000+.
Dasteru  +   1108d ago

$350 isn't mid range by PC standards.

$350 is granny checking emails on linux.

Mid range starts around $650-700.

Also to anyone who thinks the PS4 will launch at $299, it won't.

The PS3 is still $299 right now and its been on the market for over 6 years. The PS4 will most likely be $399 for the basic model and $449 for the premium.


NG consoles will not be anywhere near a high end PC, The 360 and PS3 were about equal to a mid range PC when they came out and it won't be any different this time around.
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Redrum059  +   1108d ago
I'm willing to spend up to 600 if its beefed up enough.
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vlonjati77  +   1108d ago
Im the 1st fool in line.
morkendo23  +   1107d ago
you are soooooo right FLAVOR

gamers must have forgot how much ps3 started off 599.00
350-459 about right.anything higher is waste of money.
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dafegamer  +   1108d ago
350-450$ easily
Donnieboi  +   1108d ago
Me too. $500 is too pricey. But $450 is tops, and it better have backwards compatibility and let me use my entire psn catalog at that price.
adorie  +   1108d ago
PS4 is gonna be a nuclear powerhouse. Look at Kazuo's fingers. Proof enough!
Ezz2013  +   1108d ago
400-500 max
for me
zeddy  +   1108d ago
£300 is all i'll pay.
wastedcells  +   1108d ago
I'd like to pretend the price matters but I could care less how much it costs. Didn't regret paying for any console on day one.
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zerocrossing  +   1108d ago
Unless Sony are complete morons they aren't going to release the PS4 at over £500 IMO.

Some people may be willing to shell out for it but they'll be loosing a lot of potential earl adopters if they pull the same crap as they did with the PS3.
Conzul  +   1107d ago
If users are allowed to keep their PS Store purchases and play them through some form of BC, I think (at a stretch) Sony could get away with charging $600 at launch, provided they threw in a year of PS+ and had a strong lineup, etc.
Oh_Yeah  +   1108d ago
I'll wait until the ps4 has 5 exclusives I like and the price drops to 350 or below, and I'll wait to see how reliable the hardware is. In the meantime ill game it up on ps3, wii u and pc. This gen I bought 2 ps3s, a phat which was 400, a slim which was 200, 2 360's, phat for 300,and a slim for 300. That's 1200$... And that's a no no for next gen, because if I could do it all over I'd gladly take that 1000$ back I spent on the phat ps3 and 2 360'and just keep the ps3 slim I paid 200 for 2 years ago at a pawn shop.
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Rainstorm81  +   1107d ago
U kinda killed you argument cause u bought a Wii-u....why not hold IT to the same standard?
Oh_Yeah  +   1107d ago
@rainstorm81 I have not yet bought a wii u, but im planning on it sometime soon after monster hunter and pikmin 3 is released. Price might be down to 300 by that time and there will pretty much be 5 exclusives I'd like...
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cannon8800  +   1108d ago
I'm getting one for free before it is released to the public. Not kidding. I'm probably the luckiest gamer in the world because I met a very important person that works for sony and I was talking about the ps4 and also how I always loved the PlayStation brand over the competition. He also gave me an exclusive sony edition backpack from swissgear. It's called a swissgear synergy laptop backpack. The only difference is that mine has a sony make believe steel plate on it.
Rainstorm81  +   1107d ago
Post a picture.......and even then your geeked out fantasy would only be ever so slightly believable.

Oh wait let me guess, you left the backpack at your grandmother/ **insert relative** house...
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Brownghost  +   1107d ago
How is getting a backback a conformation to get the console for free?
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cannon8800  +   1107d ago
I'm glad you guys don't believe me. But don't worry, when I get it I'll post a video on the internet. And about the backpack, I'll try to post the image on the internet with my name on it. I'm not lying guys I'm serious. @Brownghost he gave me a backpack because he had some to give to people. I just don't want to tell people his name or job title because it's actually relatively easy to find out his information and even phone number, so I don't want people to call him and annoy the crap out of him. But you know what if you guys don't want to believe then go on right ahead. My reward will be greater.
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cannon8800  +   1107d ago
Here is the picture of my backpack that he gave me. It's a swissgear synergy computer backpack. Just try your best to find one that has the sony make believe badge on it. I bet you wont be able to.
Brownghost  +   1105d ago
I never said you were lying, i was saying getting a backpack doesn't mean your getting a ps4. Just a guy being nice to a fan.
Aceman18  +   1107d ago
I'd say $500 at most. i expect both new consoles to come in around that mark for their premium models.
Saigon  +   1107d ago
I am surprised at how much most would want to pay for the PS4 system. For Me I expect the system to around 350$ - 450$. I will be willing to pay 500$ but really will be hesitant to give out that amount of money.

If Sony decides to release the same base system with no differences between the model other than the hard drive, I will then have to decide where to go from there.

If there is a 250GB at a price range of 350$-400$ and a 500GB at a price range between 450$-500$, I will be happy with the 250GB if the top model is 500$. But I have to say if the 500GB model goes for 400$, it would be the better buy.
UnholyLight  +   1107d ago
Unfortunately if the Wii U is any indicator, these consoles should be way more than 299-350. The Wii U really doesn't give you much for that price, and the differences between these new consoles and Wii U are going to be Night and Day. I will gladly shell out anything up to 700 for something I will own for the next 6+ years.
Saigon  +   1107d ago
Honestly that makes no sense. That doesn't mean anything or have an impact to why the wii u is priced that way. Technically the wii u in my opinion is overpriced. The consumers are only paying for the digital game pad in a sense. And the comment does not indicate the price of the next generation systems based on the wii u current price. Like i said in my original post a price point between 350$ - 450$ will sit well with the consumer base especially if the only difference is the hard drive between the price points if they have multiple versions.
UnholyLight  +   1107d ago
450-550 both Sony and Xbox. Hell, if they are 700 It's not gonna stop me from buying one. It's not like an iPad where I can't justify the high price for what you get...
Christopher  +   1107d ago
Won't know until I see what it can (can't) do.
Lvl_up_gamer  +   1107d ago
Only if it was free.

I am passing on the PS4. Just not enough great games that I like and since the 720 is going to release with a blu-ray player, I will no longer need my PS3 as my blu-ray player or a PS4 as a blu-ray player either.
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TrendyGamers  +   1108d ago
500 is my maximum.
majiebeast  +   1108d ago
500-600$ max.
Zodiac  +   1108d ago
450 dollars is the max for me. It's the max for any console.

Edit:450 without games. The game prices really add up hen buying a new console.
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tachy0n  +   1108d ago
LOL people expecting the PS4 to be powerful and being able to do 4K, and yet they want it to cost less than $500??
LordMe  +   1108d ago
I don't know... I have not seen it, but if the tech is strong enough I will pay 500-600.
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specialguest  +   1108d ago
I feel the same way. I was ok dropping $600 on the ps3 because it offered the latest highend tech at the time which was the cell processor, and it gave us a future proof blu-ray player all packaged into one machine. With the ps4, it will depend on the tech.
Dasteru  +   1108d ago
Agree'd, however i won't be paying that much for just a hardware upgrade.

It will need to have exceptional software and a good feature set also. Full multitasking is a must if they are charging $600+

Hardware equal to a mid range gaming PC
good software
Full multitasking capabilities
A reworked trophy system
Cross game chat
8x or higher Blu-ray drive with support for 100GB disks

Have all that at launch and i'll be willing to pay $700 again.
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wishingW3L  +   1108d ago
$600 if it comes with BC for PS1, PS2 and PS3.
TrendyGamers  +   1108d ago
With PS1 and PS2 Classics, don't expect backwards compatibility with those two.
DarkBlood  +   1108d ago
well i think we can expect ps1 to still work
Conzul  +   1107d ago
Well, we can dream, can't we?
PirateThom  +   1108d ago
If the specs match the rumours, PS+ is there from the get go for cloud saves and auto updates and whatever, I'll drop £400 with no issues.
dbjj12088  +   1108d ago
No more than $350.
ambientFLIER  +   1107d ago're maxing out at a Wii U price, huh? Lol. Enjoy the weak specs for the next 7 years then...
cyclindk  +   1108d ago
All I know is... I don't have 550.00 to pay this time, unless I save. Depends on what they give for the price in all reality though, show us what it can do and then we'll talk price Sony.
medziarz  +   1107d ago
start saving now, then when it launches u won't break a sweat
Pillsbury1  +   1108d ago
400-500$ I already have 2 jobs at the moment so no need for Sony to tell me to get another! Unless I will need 3 to afford one... Saving, Can't wait for ps4!
cyclindk  +   1108d ago
A third couldn't hurt though huh? I heard the US government is cooperating with other world powers to slow the rotation of the earth by fifty percent, essentially doubling the current 24 hour day to 48 hours. So getting three or even four jobs wouldn't be an issue and you'd still be able to get a good 8 hours sleep and an 8 hour gaming binge every cycle, it is a PS4 we're talking about after all.
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maniacmayhem  +   1108d ago
I agree with $350...$400 max and not a penny more...excluding tax of course.

I agree with one of the comments below on the site and Sony offering a HDD less ps4 and having owners just throw in their PS3 HDD into their shiny new PS4. I wonder if this will happen.
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Heisenburger  +   1108d ago
I think that I purchased my ps3 for around $450. I would love to see $300-400 but I would be surprised, pleasantly I might add *if it was less than $450 for one with a good sized hdd.

If it's more I will wait, just as I did for the ps3.
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Cirran  +   1108d ago
Depends on the console? I'd pay $1000+ if its worth it.
Conzul  +   1107d ago
They'd have to throw in some serious surprises, but I agree.
BitbyDeath  +   1108d ago
Depends what it comes with, hardware must justify the cost.

That said with just expecting a normal console as per the specs given and excluding any extras such as VR i'm hoping for around 400-500 US.
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thezeldadoth  +   1108d ago
400, anything above that and i'll just upgrade my PC.
sdozzo  +   1108d ago
My soul.
specialguest  +   1108d ago
Your soul is mine!
sdozzo  +   1108d ago
SpecialGuest... haha
Eorl  +   1108d ago
Nothing over $450 as an Australian. Considering a price tag of $500-$600 USD would be around $700+ to us, I would definitely not buy the PlayStation 4. I remember the PlayStation 2 coming out at $1000, which at the time was ridiculous.

If anything, take Nintendo's pricing and I'll gladly pay the $450 at max.
BitbyDeath  +   1108d ago
PS3 was $1000, PS2 was around the $600 mark. :-)
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Eyeco  +   1108d ago
Why are games insanely priced in oz ? I remember my friend telling me that game costs 100 aud
gunnerforlife  +   1107d ago
Because they earn 15 dollars an hour at McDonald's....
BitbyDeath  +   1107d ago
Third Party games usually start at the $100 mark, sometimes even $110-$120. First Party are usually around the $70-80 and move games are about $50.
Me_My  +   1108d ago
I would have to say between $345 to $400, let's be honest, the state of the economy isn't looking all to well and there are many job losses happening so if PlayStation and Xbox really want to punch out Wii-U in sales they really gotta stick close to between $345 to $400 price range since Wii-U here in Canada is $299.99
Black-Rock-Shooter  +   1108d ago
I was one of the people who bought the ps3 at launch and it was pretty harsh from the start most the time I spent was playing old ps2 games since then the ps3 didn't have a great library (at the time) and blu-rays were not as common as today but I am happy I got it but could have waited a year for something better or cheaper

So that's why when the ps4 comes out I will wait a full year then get it.

also i would probly spend 400 tops but would like it to be 350 at least.
JamieL  +   1107d ago
I'm with you, I can wait a year to wait for the first price drop and see if there are any hardware complaints.
WooHooAlex  +   1108d ago
500 at launch - anything more than that and I'll wait for a nice bundle to come along.
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Trago1337  +   1108d ago
The thing BETTER come with ps1/ps2/and ps3 Backwards compatibility.

Otherwise i'm not dropping more than $450 for the thing.
SolidDuck  +   1108d ago
I'd be so happy and excited if it was 350 to 400. But I would prob still get one if it was 500. It would have to have at least 1 or 2 amazing launch games for me to buy it at 500 tho.
MrBeatdown  +   1108d ago
I'd have to say $350 - $400 would be my limit for just the console and a good sized HDD.

I could go $50 or $100 more depending on what's included, like a 1TB HDD, and a game, or a year of Plus.
ftwrthtx  +   1108d ago
400 max at launch
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Bathyj  +   1108d ago
Paid a Grand for my PS3 at launch, but its still going and I never regretted it.
I'm hoping PS4 is closer to 600 this time though.

Still, there are some tightarses in this thread, not willing to pay over 350 is ridiculous. Get a new hobby. Jacks are cheap.
plmkoh  +   1108d ago
'Tightareses' indeed, what's the difference between a price tag of $400 or $499, or whatever, it's like people revolve their lives around $100 in their bank account or something.
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Bathyj  +   1108d ago
Exactly. Some people will say wait for a price drop, but I wouldnt miss out on a years worth of games to save a hundred bucks if I wanted it now because thats what it comes down to.

Hell, Id pay 200 for The Last of Us if I could have it today.
BitbyDeath  +   1107d ago
'Hell, Id pay 200 for The Last of Us if I could have it today.'

That'd take a bit of convincing for the Wife :-/
vlonjati77  +   1108d ago
Im 35 and been working for 20 years,Always bought what I wanted(within the budget)Never been disappointed from Sony.People want good things but cheap,no u gotta pay .I agree with you Bathyj.Everytime I go to ocntinue and finish a game ,another new one comes un on ps store for ps plus.Damn you Sony my HDD is full of games from ps plus,half of them are unfinished.dont have time so many games.Im gonna send a complaint letteer to Sony.they gotta slow down lol .cna wait to play Sleeping Dogs.My Vita 32GB is getting full.Damn you Sony again hahahahhihihihoohoho period
JamieL  +   1107d ago
@ Bathyj
Well some of us bought the launch consoles this gen and had them die on us, and honestly what came out in the PS3's first year that was a must have? The closest thing to me was Resistance and that wasn't worth the purchase IMHO, not for a year of nothing else to write home about. Also to some of us that little $100 that's nothing to you, means a lot to my wife and 2 boys at times. Glad life is so buttery smooth for you, but some of us live in a much harder world, were games are not the #1 priority.
jay2  +   1108d ago
I'll be looking for about £350-400 for the console then about £250-300 on games and accessories.
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