Sony says PS4 price will appeal to gamers “in the broadest sense”

While talking about previous console launches and what they have learned from them, Sony said that the PS4′s price will appeal to gamers “in the broadest sense.”

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Double_Oh_Snap2011d ago

This is very good news. Sony is literally hitting every note of a perfect launch. So people saying $499 are definitely wrong or maybe...

Sony may price it high, but take a note from MS and subsidize the cost with a subscription to plus. Thinking like $150 to $200 (random guess) if you subscribe to the psplus service for x amount of years.

If done right PS4 would sell a ridiculous amount. It will anyway I'm sure but if they subsidize the cost... Glad I'm preordering right away.

ApolloTheBoss2011d ago (Edited 2011d ago )

What?? If Sony sets the price at $250 or less expect absolute fukken annihilation next gen.

darthv722011d ago

is a nice price.

I wouldnt put it past both Sony and Ms to offer some sort of subsidized price model this time around.

morganfell2011d ago

PS4 combined with this:

I remember telling all of these people that 4K prices would drop and they just attacked me. Sony even said their 4K TVs will initially launch in a few weeks starting at $5000.

By Christmas 4K TVs will be $1000. That and a PS4 will be a sweetheart deal.

Army_of_Darkness2011d ago

Its just between affordable and too pricy but when you compare that to the prices of tablets it's a decent launch price.

Kenshin_BATT0USAI2011d ago

Morganfell, why would you get a 4k tv? No games are going to natively support 4k. Hell going by the consoles specs it would be wishful thinking to even think we'll have games running 60fps 1080p.

Diver2011d ago

Get a 4k because of new Blurays that will show 4k since almost every movie in the past 50 yeas has been shot in a Res higher than 4k. Get a 4k for he super photo viewer on the PS4
Get a 4k because its only a matter of time till some come any does the 4k game dance. Besides morg was right peeps attacked an now look. Get a 4k ftw.

zeee2011d ago (Edited 2011d ago )

If both SONY and MS want to keep the costs down then they'll have to come up with some sort of subscription plan. But if they don't, we are looking at a $359 and $449 price window.

People expecting a $250 PS4 and Xbox 720 without a subscription plan are dreaming. I can only hope that their dreams come true but reality is that the price will be somewhere in the middle of PS2/Xbox 1/Dreamcast era and PS3/Xbox 360 era.

What I mean is that we'll be paying a bit more than we did back in the PS1 days but less than PS3/360 launch days.

BitbyDeath2011d ago

Could be wrong but I didn't think a 4K TV was meant to be as effective at a 50" size?

FamilyGuy2011d ago (Edited 2011d ago )

The lower the price, the more launch titles I can buy. I've put $600 aside for whatever the system cost and what evers left goes towards games, services and accessories.

I'm pretty sure it'll be around $350-$450 though.

thechosenone2011d ago


dude not that low maybe $300...but if it was, holy fak!

MikeMyers2011d ago (Edited 2011d ago )

"What?? If Sony sets the price at $250 or less expect absolute fukken annihilation next gen."

For who, Sony? Why would a company in as much financial crisis as Sony want to come out with the PS4 that cost the same as the Vita and take that much of a loss per unit?

I have serious doubts Sony can price it at $299. It would be great if they could but seeing as how they can't really afford to even drop the Vita and the PS3 is still selling at $249 or higher chances are slim. I expect a basic PS4 for $399 and a pro model for $499.

DragonKnight2011d ago

The PS4 will not be cheaper than the Wii U. I am 99.99999999% certain of that.

Anon19742010d ago

I fully intend to keep PSN+ next gen, assuming it's available. If Sony offers a discounted PS4 for a PSN+ subscriber contract of some kind, I'd be all over that.

Gaming1012010d ago

The price will definitely not be less than 500 bucks for the highest end model. A low end model with a subscription is a possibility, I would never ever pay a subscription fee for a console, you'll easily make up that price after owning the console for 3 years or so.

inveni02010d ago

I expect a PS3 price drop to $199 at E3, and the PS4 to launch at $399 and $499 SKUs.

Saigon2010d ago


If I am not mistaken ApolloTheBoss was referring to the subscription base planning.

We already speculate the PS4 to be around 350$ to about 450$ based on all the articles that have stated this and some popular Japanese magazines. Sony is going to be looking to sell two different version, one with the basic gaming platform and the other with the new PSeye. It would be nice if they somehow included PS+ into the equation by signing a subscription that would reduce the cost of the console.

This is all coming from the speculation that MS is doing with the Next Xbox. 500$ for the system at base price and 300$ for the system with subscription. We don't know what that subscription service is for, but it would be nice to include Live into the package, but most sources are referring to a cable based subscription.

ApolloTheBoss2010d ago


That's exactly what I was referring to. Just imagine how the casuals will react when they realize that they'll be getting a new game every month for free. People still don't realize how much money they will save if they subscribe to plus.

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Hingle_Mcringleberry2011d ago

Rumor has it Microsoft will have a subscription deal for next xbox, N4G reacts: greedy, money hungry buggers!! I wouldn't put it past them to swindle people out of their money! Disgusting!
Random guy suggests SONY might go subscription route to make console affordable: ZOMG!! Sony is gonna sell so many ps4 because they love us and they are kind and gentle with us! Oh wow what an amazemabombs idea!! Please let me have your babies sony!

Minato-Namikaze2011d ago (Edited 2011d ago )

You understand XBL and PS+ are too different services that serve different functions. (I hate the idea of that type of subscription either way.

Edit: I need to pay attention before i respond to the 1 bubble trolls *Facepalm @ myself*

HammadTheBeast2011d ago

Cause Sony doesn't make you pay to access half your game lol, it gives you 100+ games for $50. Along with Cloud saves, auto updates and invitations to beta, events and sometimes just random $10. Not to mention the cheap deals you can get with PS+.

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princejb1342011d ago

I'm assuming a $299-399 price point

Jaqen_Hghar2011d ago

A man doesn't see how you could expect a $300 system when the 500gb PS3 is still $300. A user does realize that is built from 7 year old tech and PS4 will be relatively new? Tech goes up in price when it's not that old and Sony already said every PS4 will pack a very large HDD.

princejb1342011d ago


Ps3 uses cell processor which are custom built for Sony
Ps4 using computer parts= much cheaper

boldstarr2011d ago

Wow, for the price i can buy 2 console at launch, and preserve the other 1 untouch then 10 to 15 years from now the price of it maybe golden

Liefx2010d ago

I pay for Plus and don't plan on stopping anytime soon, so a package deal sounds good to me.

Denethor_II2010d ago

I paid £420 for my PS3, so as long as it's cheaper than that its all gravy.

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SethAFitzgerald2011d ago

It definitely won't be the $499 that people are saying. If I were to guess, $250 would be the sweet-spot.

Going with $150 or $200 might be too low, even if Sony wants to price the PS4 good, they still want to make money off of them.

Double_Oh_Snap2011d ago (Edited 2011d ago )

indeed, just a guess but either way if they subsidize with a subscription there looking at a lot more buyers.

ILive2011d ago (Edited 2011d ago )

I think $399 is the sweet spot. I would even say $450.

LOGICWINS2011d ago

Exactly what I said below. At $349, Sony would twist Nintendo's arm to the point that they'd have to significantly drop the Wii U's price.

SethAFitzgerald2011d ago

I agree, but if they introduce a subscription service which I have high hopes for, then the price could definitely be sub-$300.

Jek_Porkins2011d ago

Didn't the Vita launch at $249 and $299 respectively? You think the PS4 will launch for just $50 to $100 more?

I think we might see one PS4 SKU at $400, but there will probably be one more expensive. $400 isn't terrible though.

GribbleGrunger2011d ago

Sony says PS4 price will appeal to gamers “in the broadest sense”

If by that he means 'casuals' too, then I expect a lower price than people think.

Good_Guy_Jamal2011d ago

I see, when its suggested that Microsoft might sell their console for $300 then it's too cheap and won't be powerful.
When SONY says the console will be affordable in the broadest sense it's because it is a marketing strategy. Pretty much right?

I'm not saying you in particular Gribble so don't get excited, but a couple of people suggested the same about Microsoft in the $300 article but they were met with massive disagrees and criticism.

Kyosuke_Sanada2011d ago (Edited 2011d ago )

"I'm not saying you in particular Gribble so don't get excited, but a couple of people suggested the same about Microsoft in the $300 article but they were met with massive disagrees and criticism."

Welcome to N4g :D

GribbleGrunger2011d ago (Edited 2011d ago )

Well, all fans of consoles get excitable at the drop of a hat. I've not discussed the pricing much to be honest, although I was thinking in the ballpark of $399. That phrase he used HAS made me consider lower though (if the starting point WAS $399 and no higher). Looking at the specs and considering the rumour that the camera is going to be included, I think that perhaps Sony have adjusted their strategy slightly. $250 - $299 doesn't seem out of the question if you offer a lower entry model WITHOUT the PSEye ... Although that would pose the question: but what would draw the casuals?

There is another way of looking at this though. IF Sony can make their services pay, especially Gaikai, and the revenue created from distribution through many none Sony branded hardware can more than offset the PS4 losses, then that would enable Sony to sell the hardware at a bigger loss because they would still benefit hugely from the services earnings. It's a riskier proposition for Sony. I suppose it depends on what partners they've already got and what devices are already in line for offering PSGaikai driven content.

It also offers devs a huge incentive to make exclusive content for Sony because their audience would be much bigger than just one console. This in turn could also help drive console sales which of course then offers even more service driven revenue.

thatsBangin2011d ago

If it bothers you that much then get counciling dude.
People get so defensive on here over nothing. Learn to let it go over your head!

MasterCornholio2011d ago (Edited 2011d ago )

"I see, when its suggested that Microsoft might sell their console for $300 then it's too cheap and won't be powerful. "

Depends if Microsoft includes Kinect with the 720 or not. Its essentially the same case with the Wii U with its weak hardware and its expensive controller.

But until the 720 is unveiled to the public we really dont know anything about it.


" The PS4 doesn't have that type of controller, so there's a lot of headroom left for better hardware at that price."

Yep but thats the price that people pay for gaming on such an expensive controller.

thebudgetgamer2011d ago

"I see, when its suggested that Microsoft might sell their console for $300 then it's too cheap and won't be powerful."

Please link me to anyone writing that, gotta be honest, I think your making stuff up.

MysticStrummer2011d ago

Can we please stop pretending only one side or another has fanboys? Please? Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo, PC... They all have their share of hypocrites, and most of us play the same game from time to time, whether we actually believe what we're saying or are just trying to get under someone's skin and provoke a response.

OlgerO2011d ago

You should change your name to scumbag_Jamal

BitbyDeath2011d ago

Why even bring it up Jamal?
You realise your comments come off as trolling right? How is anyone meant to respond to it?

Rainstorm812011d ago

All I saw was you blowing one persons comment way out of proportion....maybe you need to ignore the fanboy/trolls when you get on this site it may make your stay more enjoyable.

Fact is nothing has been announced whatsoever about the Next Xbox, so to speculate on price Is borderline insane when we know nothing about it specs controller online service or otherwise .....besides..that article failed because it was BS anyway

FFXI1012010d ago

@Good_Guy_Jamal Why are you upset? People say a lot of things, you just continue to support the console or brand you love, doesn't matter what the rumors are. We will know by E3, if you don't like what you see you can always go with the other company's product.

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akaFullMetal2011d ago

Price might be 400 then, which is fine by me.

ABizzel12011d ago (Edited 2011d ago )

I agree as well. $399 would be the bread and butter for the core. It's not going to cost anything less unless it's sold via a contract or subscription service, in which case it could be as low as $299 with a 1 year PS+ contract, or $199 with a 2 year contract, both of which would be a steal of a deal.

My guess is they're going to be contract based this go round, because it's the only way to hit a mass market appealing price Day 1, and on top of that when the contract expires people should be accustomed to PS+ so they're willing to pay for the $50 subscription or even upgrade to the Gaikai subscription.

Jaqen_Hghar2011d ago

A man would jump for joy at that 2 year contract since he is already subscribed to the end of 2014. He will be taken care of with free games and hopefully all the streaming services till 2016 and have his most anticipated console ever for $150 less than he predicted!

ABizzel12010d ago


I know, people seem to be so against contracts these days, because I guess it's the new thing to hate, but there's nothing wrong with it if Sony goes this route. But I don't think it'll be $50 a year for PS+, but $10 a month, which would still be a great deal since it balances out to be $440 for the PS4 over a 2 year period.

It may be $249 + 2 year contract, since $199 and 2 years would be significantly cheaper than someone who pays $399 + $100 for 2 years of PS+, but still either way it's a great deal.

NastyLeftHook02011d ago

excellent , im posting all the ps4 news on facebook to help get the word to my friends so i can get them to buy one so i can own them all on battlefield 4.