. . . One of the things...no, wait, scratch that. The MAIN thing that kept me from salivating over the PS4 too quickly, unlike 80%+ of the gaming community - was the ominous price tag.
When Sony unveiled their new console, boasting about it's superior next-generation tech ~ I immediately came to the conclusion that we'd be looking at another PS3 launch situation...great, powerful console - but yet it's a wallet killer.
I thought to myself: "It's human nature to want nice things. Sometimes, we want something so bad - we fantasize about it. When it comes down to physical items - you get all hyped up until you find out that you're actually going to have to pay real money to obtain that...and then you preform the head-down position of shame when you find out it's much too expensive for you to afford". That's why I was so unsure about the PS4. I was honestly expecting a system that would cost about $450+ - at the very least.
But then Sony decided to give me my cake and make me eat it too, with just 4 (no pun intended) little words. "Four-hundred-US-dollars& amp; quot;. My jaw dropped. "This is unreal! They're trolling, they gotta be trolling!" - This is what I thought to myself. Then I read the article again and sure enough "PS4 will be launching at $400".
Now I know for some of you; this broke the ice. Now you KNOW you'll be picking up a PS4 day-one (if you haven't already sped over to Amazon to secure your pre-order). All of this is great for Sony and the PS4. It gives the consumer more incentive to go for Sony's offering, versus the more expensive (by $100), DRM-stricken, 007-spy camera wannabe, XBOX One. It even gives the consumer more incentive to choose the PS4 over the Wii U. More games, better online, more powerful - future proof hardware - just $50 more.
But as great as this is for Sony; it's also bad. How?
If Nintendo is selling the Wii U at a lower price than it takes to manufacture the system and it's weaker than the PS4 - then how much should the PS4 REALLY cost? Is it really worth just $400, or is it a little bit more?
Sony can't afford to sell at a loss. Literally. Up until recent times, they've been in a financial crisis. They've found some stable ground now - but that doesn't mean it can't fall a part again. How much does it take for the PS4 to become a profitable sale? Maybe the system, plus a game or two? Wii U becomes profitable after a purchase of the system and one game - so maybe the same can be said for Sony, except maybe it would require two games.
It doesn't seem like Sony is awfully worried about this. They're doing this to make their product as attractive to the eye as possible (like any smart company would) - but if it means sacrificing yourself, then is it really worth it? Now, don't get me wrong, I'm not stating FOR A FACT that Sony is taking a loss by selling the PS4 at such a surprisingly low price. But, one can't help but think that it really does cost more to manufacture than what they're selling it for....
Well enough of my rambling. What's your take on the situation?
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