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#1 Audioboxer

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 13:33

The PlayStation 4 will launch this year for over 40,000 yen (about $428), according to a report in major Japanese daily the Asahi Shimbun. That's the first clear indication we've gotten on pricing for the new system, and suggests that while Sony isn't pricing the PS4 too aggressively, it's learned its lesson from the shaky PlayStation 3 launch. For comparison, upon release in 2006 the PS3 cost around 60,000 yen in its more expensive configuration, and $599 in the US. Meanwhile, the cheapest PS3 now costs 24,980 yen in Japan versus $269 in the US. Were the PS4 to launch at 40,000 yen in Japan, we'd expect an American price of around $400 or more.

The Asahi Shimbun further corroborates things we've heard from other reports, such as a 2013 launch for the US and Japan — no mention was made of Europe, suggesting the release there may well slip into 2014. Elsewhere, the report says that the PS4 controller will feature a touch pad and be "roughly the same shape" as the current Dual Shock 3. Finally, the Asahi Shimbun states in no uncertain terms that February 20th is the date when we'll hear all this information confirmed for real.


Source: http://www.theverge....-shimbun-report


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Posted 07 February 2013 - 13:40

At the moment, 40K yen is $426.90 USD. I don't know if Sony is willing to sell the PS4 for $399 USD but I hope they do it. It's much better than the PS3's launch price and considering today's economy, I doubt people would be keen on spending over $450 on a console.

The Wii U launched with two versions: a $299 model and a $349 model. If the PS4 launches at $399, then Nintendo will be forced to lower their prices.

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 14:02

Im good with the $400 pricetag. Anyone who thought it was going to be lower was dreaming. I just hope both MS and Sony only release 1 version at launch. No bare bones edition, no super deluxe version, etc. 1 version at launch, make it nice and simple for once. I still remember some guy flipping out at walmart because I bought the last "deluxe" 360 and he was stuck with the core.

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 14:13

Thats what, £270, with 20% VAT you are talking £325 ish. You are looking at £349.99 or something like that which isn't too bad, I paid £425 for PS3 at launch, if they price it nearer £400 I'll wait for price drops.

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 03:49

I heard that it also comes with "touch screen".

And yea $400 is ok.

Just provide us decent games and you will have gamers support , Sony.

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 03:52

I would have thought it would be much more than that.

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 12:47

Pricing seems OK. 418 AUD. Provided it doesn't magically jump up to $550 AUD or something.

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 22:08

I heard that it also comes with "touch screen".

And yea $400 is ok.

Just provide us decent games and you will have gamers support , Sony.

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$400 is fine by me, considering the launch price of the original PS3.

I know it is not until the end of the year, but I am definitely started to get very excited about gaming this year. Between new consoles, the Steam Box, even Project Shield by Nvidia, going to be a grand year for gaming I believe.

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 22:19

I would have thought it would be much more than that.

they used more standard hardware this time which is why it's able to be cheaper
the fact that Sony used some custom hardware (such as the cpu) and that blu-ray was still brand new then was the reason the PS3 was so expensive at launch

this is also the reason that the PS4 will most likely not be backwards compatible again

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 22:28

Pricing seems OK. 418 AUD. Provided it doesn't magically jump up to $550 AUD or something.


It will, expect AUD$799 or higher. We will never get a console that powerful that cheap. You can't just convert the US price either; need to account for import taxes, GST and all the other taxes our government love to put on things. I wouldn't even be surprised if the higher spec'd model nudges a grand here. The PS3 (despite being overly expensive) still sold well here, so Sony know despite our moaning we are over priced we'll still cough up the money. That is my 2 cents, so take with a grain of salt...

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 01:27

It will, expect AUD$799 or higher. We will never get a console that powerful that cheap. You can't just convert the US price either; need to account for import taxes, GST and all the other taxes our government love to put on things. I wouldn't even be surprised if the higher spec'd model nudges a grand here. The PS3 (despite being overly expensive) still sold well here, so Sony know despite our moaning we are over priced we'll still cough up the money. That is my 2 cents, so take with a grain of salt...


You're probably right.

Even if you take into account GST and taxes I don't know how it gets to $700-$800. No wonder the retail sector in this country is ****ed.

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 14:14

If they're bringing in Playstation with a price tag of US$399 then it'll put a lot of pressure on Microsoft to deliver a low price point from day one rather than it taking at least a year for the console price to get from astronomical to acceptable.

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 02:27

this is also the reason that the PS4 will most likely not be backwards compatible again


I've got to buy all my games yet again? That just sucks.

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 02:30

I've got to buy all my games yet again? That just sucks.

yeah in order for Sony to keep the PS4 backwards compatible with PS3 games they'd have to either find a way to emulate the PS3 (and i don't see that working too well) or include the PS3 cpu in the system as well, and that would jack the price up by at least $100 most likely

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 03:34

We knew both PS4 and new Xbox would be $400-$500, no surprises there. my friggin new Win 8 phone cost me $500, and believe you me it does a whole lot less than either of these beast consoles will do!