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Retail

Report: Next-gen PlayStation to cost 300

By Rachel Weber

Report: Next-gen PlayStation to cost 300

Mon 18 Feb 2013 4:45pm GMT / 11:45am EST / 8:45am PST
Retail

Leaked documents and industry sources suggest lower launch price for new Sony machine

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Latest reports suggest that Sony could be planning a retail price of around 300 for its next generation console, making it markedly cheaper than the PlayStation 3 was on launch.

A Times report cited industry sources and "leaked internal documents" and priced the new machine, expected to be revealed on Wednesday, at 300. When the PlayStation 3 first launched in the UK the machine cost 425, so the figure represents a significant saving for the early adopter this time around.

Of course with the big reveal just days away the air is thick with speculation. According to the latest whispers, the new machine will use Gaikai technology for backwards compatibility, will have a touchpad equipped controller and a dual camera set up.

Meanwhile back on PlayStation 3, analyst Michael Pachter told GamesIndustry International he was expecting to see the price of the console drop to just $199 the day after the next generation console is announced.

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14 Comments

Adam Campbell Associate Producer, Miniclip Ltd

1,280 1,146 0.9
Well, that would be right on the maximum price I said I was prepared to pay. I'm not expecting the console to be as much as the ridiculous launch of the PS3.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Adam Campbell on 18th February 2013 7:41pm

Posted:2 years ago

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Jamie Read Junior 3D Artist, Neon Play Ltd

134 80 0.6
I'm gonna guess nearer to 400.

Posted:2 years ago

#2

Dan Howdle Head of Content, Existent

281 815 2.9
And I'm with Jamie.

300 for the 'basic model' assuming there is such a thing and 350-370 for the one everyone actually wants.

Posted:2 years ago

#3

Paul Jace Merchandiser

1,009 1,567 1.6
I agree with Dan. Ever since Microsoft started the two sku console launch back in 2005 both Sony and now Nintendo(this gen) have followed. Theres no way Sony would release one console sku for that price.

Posted:2 years ago

#4

Johnny Hsu Employee, EA

16 38 2.4
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Didn't we learn a lesson about reporting "leaked" internal documents as news?

Posted:2 years ago

#5

Nicholas Pantazis Senior Editor, VGChartz Ltd

1,025 1,483 1.4
Agreed with both Dan and Paul. It's like saying the Wii U is $300. No it's not. The Wii U is $350. No one really wants the $300 Wii U.

The PS4 will be $400... but it'll really be $450/$500 for the version people actually want to buy.

Posted:2 years ago

#6

Peter Dwyer Games Designer/Developer

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Given the tech inside the new PS4. I would guess at a 350 to 400 for the basic model and 400+ for the "Can play an actual downloaded game" version. So while the PS4 may beat the new XBox out of the gate. I'm thinking the new XBox may actually end up with the better pricing largely due to every unit having the hard drive and 8gb memory. Basically it's going to be a one sku deal as opposed to what is now looking like several sku's from Sony's camp.

Posted:2 years ago

#7

Fazi Zsolt Game & Level Designer @Atypical Games

30 14 0.5
Like 300 is going to be cheap. And I will believe it when I see it.

Posted:2 years ago

#8

David Radd Senior Editor, IndustryGamers

359 80 0.2
I'd be surprised if both the next PlayStation and Xbox don't have some sort of online contract that brings down the base price for players to pay for PS Plus/Xbox Live for a few years.

Posted:2 years ago

#9

Craig Page Programmer

423 277 0.7
Google says 300 = $465.63 USD, and that's outrageous considering how much Sony is going to cheap out on the hardware. Unless the rumors were totally wrong...

Posted:2 years ago

#10

Carl Crawford Studying Bachelor of Information Technology, Otago Polytehnic

18 19 1.1
Andrew, the PS2 did not LAUNCH with the phat PS2 and the slim PS2, the slim came later. Microsoft LAUNCHED with a harddrive less model and one that had a harddrive.

Posted:2 years ago

#11

Andy Samson QA Supervisor, Digital Media Exchange

240 185 0.8
@ Andrew
"Incorrect. It was Sony that started the 2 model sku back in 2004. The original Ps2 and the Ps2 Slim, they were on the market at the same time. I can't remember if they had the same price or different price, but eventually the original Ps2 was phrase out."

I think Paul was referring to the initial launch of the console. When the Original PS2 launched there was no PS2 slim yet.

Posted:2 years ago

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Dave Herod Senior Programmer, Codemasters

533 797 1.5
So what happen if someone stop the monthly payment and still have 6 more months to go?
Same as what happens if you cancel your phone/broadband/sky tv/anything subscription I imagine, you probably get hit with an early cancellation charge.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Dave Herod on 20th February 2013 9:18am

Posted:2 years ago

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Dave Herod Senior Programmer, Codemasters

533 797 1.5
Unfortunately, a console isn't a phone/broadband/sky tv/anything subscription, it's a console. So even if they canceled your subscription the console is still playable.
What difference does that make? If you buy the console under a contract, you're legally responsible for upholding your side of it. If you don't they'll fine you to get their money back, end of story. If it's a contract they'd have all your details.

Posted:2 years ago

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