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Report: Next-gen PlayStation to cost 300

Report: Next-gen PlayStation to cost 300

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

14 Comments

Adam Campbell
Associate Producer

1,148 928 0.8
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:A year ago

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Jamie Read
Junior 3D Artist

126 64 0.5

Posted:A year ago

#2

Dan Howdle
Head of Content

280 809 2.9
And I'm with Jamie.

Posted:A year ago

#3

Paul Jace
Merchandiser

887 1,312 1.5
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:A year ago

#4

Johnny Hsu
Employee

11 31 2.8
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Didn't we learn a lesson about reporting "leaked" internal documents as news?

Posted:A year ago

#5

Nicholas Pantazis
Senior Editor

1,017 1,463 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:A year ago

#6

Peter Dwyer
Games Designer/Developer

481 290 0.6
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:A year ago

#7

Fazi Zsolt
Game Designer

18 8 0.4

Posted:A year ago

#8

David Radd
Senior Editor

358 78 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:A year ago

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Craig Page
Programmer

382 218 0.6

Posted:A year ago

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Carl Crawford
Studying Bachelor of Information Technology

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:A year ago

#11

Andy Samson
QA Supervisor

228 176 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:A year ago

#12

Dave Herod
Senior Programmer

517 734 1.4
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:A year ago

#13

Dave Herod
Senior Programmer

517 734 1.4
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:A year ago

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