PlayStation 4 won't cost $599 at launch...

Sony America head 'hopes' PlayStation 4 won't cost $599 at launch, says specs aren't finalized yet...

Here is hoping this is true because a $599 price tag will be a major issue like it was for the PS3

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aquamala3162d ago

I didn't see anything that would make this a $599 console, I think $399 is reasonable to expect for the base model. maybe a $499 model with bigger hard drive.

Kalowest3162d ago

To try and make money back because of R&D cost.

majiebeast3161d ago

R&D isnt nearly as high as with the ps3 everything from the gpu,cpu,ram is off the shelves. I think we will see a 399,99$ console with no extra's and a 499,99$ with a bigger HDD,1 year ps plus and a voucher for a digital copy of Killzone:SF,Driveclub or Knack.

RioKing3161d ago (Edited 3161d ago )

^I'd say a free month of PS+ is more realistic. Right now the PS3 bundles that offer free games come with a free month of PS+, while the white PS3 bundle comes with a free year of PS+..but no games.

Tr10wn3161d ago

" I think we will see a 399,99$ console with no extra's and a 499,99$ with a bigger HDD,1 year ps plus and a voucher for a digital copy of Killzone:SF,Driveclub or Knack."

Thats the perfect for me $499,99 with lots of extra if not ill buy the cheaper one and get watch dogs alone, i doubt DriveClub will be a launch title tho.

blitz06233161d ago

$100 more for a bigger hard drive will not do it. They will add a game or PS+ 1 year membership, or both, or more stuff.

TheGamerDood3161d ago (Edited 3161d ago )

Uhhh...the 8GB of GDDR5 ram isn't freakin' cheap my friend. 400 for the base model 500 for the Move PSEye 2.0 w/1TB HD.

Skip_Bayless3161d ago

The more expensive it is the better because I like feeling like i'm the only owner of the console for a couple years atleast. The appeal of having a PS3 and 360 now is lame cause everyone has one already.

sobekflakmonkey3160d ago


lol you hipster, but I get what you're saying, you feel special because you could afford it, I honestly think it would be bad for Sony though, they wouldn't make as much money, I'd definitely pay $499.99 for a larger HDD and PS+ for a year.

T3MPL3TON 3160d ago

TheGamerDood: Uhhh...the 8GB of GDDR5 ram isn't freakin' cheap my friend.

Uhhh... The 8GB of GDDR5 ram is really freakin' cheap my friend.

People seem to think, GDDR5 is gonna cost them thousands. It wont.

bangshi3160d ago

@T3MPL3TON, no it won't be thousands but it will be a couple of hundreds dollars.

Kevin ButIer3160d ago (Edited 3160d ago )

1TB? I was wondering if Sony will add a mixed SDD HDD feature as Sony did in some of their ultrabooks, I know SDD is expensive but it would be use only for key processes and loading time reduction.I wouldn't mind to see a smaller drive with this feature.


@Kevin Butler

Exactly, with all the talk about no loading times, access time is a concern. If you have 1TB of data in 7200rpm drive you gonna need a lot of redundant data or markers, otherwise loading times will still be noticeable. If you go with an SSD that problem is solved but it's yet to be seen if it's cost friendly to add on a console.

TruthbeTold3160d ago (Edited 3160d ago )

I think we're way beyond the years of charging an extra $100 based on HD size. Storage is so cheap now that even non-tech people realize that the extra money isn't about that. It's just that in making different sku's more affordable, they'd take a bigger hit on the cheaper ones, and count on the more loyal customers, or people with more money for the others.

People buy the Deluxe Wii U more than the basic not only because 8 gigs is a joke, but because of the game pack in and the color matches more home entertainment set ups - AND the sku's are so close in price that it makes sense. I think Sony will do something similar with the PS4.

elmaton983160d ago

Yeah but there were like 5 mills people who bought the ps3 at that price but yes is a not good thing and i believe the thing will cost 499.99 which ill be ok with it

Blade Runner3160d ago (Edited 3160d ago )

People need to stop crying. Its 2013 not 2006. If you cant afford a 700 dollar system you need to find another hobby. 599 if they make it that cheap it will be the bottom sku. Fine, at least it will keep the little kids from crying so much. For me I will gladly pay the higher sku of 699-799. Yeah it might come with a ripped off xbox controler (triggers,sticks and mic port) but it will still be the best system. So stop your crying about price and just beg your parents for money.

knowyourstuff3160d ago

People just don't get it. The PS3 cost almost 900 damn dollars to manufacture. The graphics chip Nvidia just put out, the GeForce Titan, costs $1000 alone. It only has 6GB of GDDR5 RAM. The PS4 has 8GB of GDDR5 RAM. If anyone thinks this will be cheap to manufacture has their head up their a$$.

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LOGICWINS3162d ago

$399 is fair, but I'd like a $499 model with that sensor and a game.

Ju3160d ago

Camera will be in all models. Controller is build to require it (light bar). They will try to avoid fragmentation. Move will be an option (I guess Move and Nav will still work?)

For me, price doesn't really matter. You'd need an $800 budget or something anyway. I want 3-4 games as well, and those will add quite a bit to the pricing. With that said, I'd want a big HDD, too. I hope it'll fit into that budget.

AngelicIceDiamond3161d ago (Edited 3161d ago )

Sony wont price it at 600$ no way even if it is brand new hardware.


I do believe Sony will have the price higher than what people are expecting. Sony needs profit from the PS4 Sony's financial standings do rely heavily on their gaming division Sony wants to keep the losses as less damaging as possible. So, theirs a high chance Sony's console will be a bit pricey at launch, realistically.

EDIT: Jack Tretton "hopes" it won't cost 600$. Crossing fingers they don't

Jakens3161d ago

The price for the PS4 won't nearly be as good (if you know what I mean) as the reactions to the price itself (if you know what I mean)

MsmackyM3160d ago

I'll be surprised if it's less then $500, either way I'm buying.

Virtual_Reality3161d ago (Edited 3161d ago )

PS9 leaked gameplay footage, looks like the real deal:


Tr10wn3161d ago

LOL i remember watching that back in the days of the PS2 if my memory don't fail me, my friends and i use to think how we will play metal gear like that :D good memories.

AzaziL3160d ago

great, by the time it releases, i'll have a heart attack from playing it...

007Bond3161d ago

Sure as hell better not be if P$ is smart enough they'll make it affordable unlike their last console.

Jaces3161d ago

It's not so much the console I'm curious about but the controller. As amazing as the new controller looks I'm a little afraid to see what price they plan to stamp on it.

We will see soon enough.

fourOeightshark3161d ago

It looks like a $65 controller to me.

Jaces3161d ago

I could see that. Included with the PS4 I don't think they should have a problem selling them. But I do see more people bringing over their own controllers to play at a friends house. lol

Hell, we don't even do that anymore with everything being online. I think I'd buy a second at launch and 2 is enough for me.

Jakens3161d ago

That controller will not be cheap! There are $70 controllers out now with about half of those features.

Jakens3161d ago

Would laugh if Sony (or MS) says their controller won't ship with the console.

Jaces3160d ago

Yet I don't think they're dumb enough to make a controller worth anywhere above $70. $65 is the limit for me but who knows, we've still got some time before numbers are made factual.

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donman13160d ago

The cost for PS4 that makes sense would be a range of $400 to $450 at max. Anything above those price point will mean another poor start in sales for Sony. The will apply to Microsoft Xbox720.

Me-Time3160d ago (Edited 3160d ago )

Good point, but 500 (for the first 18 months) won't be totally unreasonable.

the controller + decent enough headset

SilentNegotiator3160d ago (Edited 3160d ago )

PS4 won't be $599 simply because they need to avoid the stigma of the Ps3's launch from being associated with the Ps4's launch. $500 or less is what the base console will cost.

wastedcells3160d ago

Think you nailed it $399.99 for sure.

xtremeimport3160d ago

if they use a SSD I can see that adding a bit more since they are still fairly more than a sata hdd.

HellzAssassin3160d ago

You realize SSD's are SATA too right? SATA is just the type of connection it uses. You're referring to a mechanical HDD.

xtremeimport3160d ago

umm, SATA and a solid state drive are completely different mate.

Nicolee3160d ago

SSD are run via SATA ( 1 . 2 or 3 )

CRASHBASHUK3160d ago (Edited 3160d ago )

yep for UK a £299 with a 750GB HDD with 1 controller then a £399 with a 1TB HDD with 2 controllers

CRASHBASHUK3160d ago (Edited 3160d ago )

why disagree? the ps3 60GB was £425 when it first came out in UK

stragomccloud3160d ago

I hope they stick with standard 2.5 drives so I can just buy a cheaper model and then get my own hdd or ssd and rock that.

popup3160d ago

I really hope it costs whatever is needed to keep that RAM figure included. By the whole world moaning about spending that amount of money, we all run the risk of forcing Sony to react with a dumb down on the specs they can still change. It has happened before and us gamers are only going to make it happen again.

raymantalk13160d ago

you lot make me laugh you dont see anything that would make it cost $599 do any of you know how expensive gddr5 ram is ? that alone could hike the price and as for the apu/gpu even that is not exactly off the shelf item as it has been slightly modified especially for the console, also there is this thing called inflation where things actually cost more than they used too you know when you goto shop and buy a loaf of bread and it has gone up do you they say i am not buying that its too dear no you dont you pay it as you know things always will get dearer, anyway if it does come out for $599 i personally think it is still very cheap for what you are getting, i hope it does come out allot cheaper but even if it does not i will still be buying one i wont whine about the price.

Amplitude3160d ago (Edited 3160d ago )

The thing comes with a really powerful console bundled with a controller, a headset, and a 3D camera.

I dunno, i'd go 599 again if that was the price. OBVIOUSLY i'd be happy if it was cheaper but just saying, i'd go 599. I don't regret getting the PS3 at 599 for a second >.>

lilbrat233160d ago

I agree with Aquamala I been thinking the same price range $399-$499 nothing more. I just hope game prices don't go up.

UnholyLight3160d ago (Edited 3160d ago )

Meh, I won't be that bothered if it was $599 with a mic, 300Gb+ memory, a controller and if possible a game packed in.

Not sure how memory comes but anything above 300Gb at a $599 price would be great in my opinion. The console is going to be packing 7years newer tech than the PS3 was so if it did end up costing that much, I would be alright with it. Same goes for Xbox if it launches around the same price point, Ill be buying both.

EDIT** After reading one line into the article what I just said stands true. You guys should learn to read:

"I guess the image I would give [compared to PS3] is that it's like a magnifying lens," he told Digital Spy.

"Every core pillar of the game is able to be pushed further. We're able to push the immersion. The fidelity of the graphics is one part of the immersion, but it's more than graphics."


SOM3ROiD3160d ago


how can GDDR5 RAM be "off the shelves", please explain?

Rageanitus3160d ago

If its a next gen video card.... it will cost alot..... but then again console makers take a loss all the time..

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tachy0n3160d ago

i dont care if it costs $599

im all out to pay for it, Sony makes amazing machines that are actually worth their price tag.

givemeshelter3162d ago

It's a no brainer for this console to be well under $600.

Conzul3161d ago

I was jawing with a Meijer employee who claimed to be in the know about the pricing. Confidently said it would be $399.99

Hearsay's awesome, yeh?

Gimmemorebubblez3162d ago

*specs not finalized*

givemeshelter3162d ago

They are waiting for Microsoft most likely to reveal their final Microsoft is doing the same with Sony LOL

akaakaaka3161d ago

this is truly interesting let's hope for m$ to force sony to update and be better!
but i doubt that..

KwietStorm_BLM3161d ago

Even if at this very minute they are not finalized, I wouldn't realistically expect much different than maybe clock speeds on the CPU or RAM. They don't want to miss this holiday.

TheDivine3161d ago

If they announced the console to launch in 6-9 months and its not finalized or starting to be built they were afraid of something and pulled the trigger too soon. That can't be because Kz has to be near completed unless its another 6 month developer job like the vita titles Sony shit out. I believe they said infamous was just a trailer, no gameplay which means they're pulling the same shit as last gen announcing games before they've started.

Either way no games they showed made me want a ps4. A couple tech demos that might become decent games years from from now but the only good game set in stone for me is watch dogs. That I could play on the next Xbox or pc so its not a reason to spend 4-500 dollars. They need exclusives and not timed dlc or another fps. Same for MS. Halo and Gears won't sell me. Bring new ip's and do not focus on Kinect.

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Cocozero3162d ago

If the 720 is $299 like the rumours say expect those specs to be downgraded.

deep_fried_bum_cake3162d ago

Yeah, the Xbox 720 will be $299 at release.

Oh, and I'm going to be inaugurated as the new Pope next month as well.

$299 is too cheap for something with half decent specs and I expect the 720 to be competing with the PS4 in that area. $299 is highly unlikely.

cl19833162d ago

Will you also be the space pope?

deep_fried_bum_cake3162d ago

I'm sorry cl1983, I hate ruining this for people...the Space Pope isn't real. He's just a fairy tale created by parents to teach their kids to act nice towards extraterrestrial visitors.

cl19833162d ago

Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo oooooooooooooooo I don't believe you, you can't be my father, wait wrong genera. Starts futurama theme.

CryofSilence3161d ago

Is the Space Pope reptilian?

akaakaaka3161d ago

is a annunaki not reptilian.. reptilians are here just to be presidents and anchor news double agents "just pupets"

r213161d ago

Bubbed up to both of you, thanks for the laugh X'D