Sony America head talks PlayStation 4 price and specs

Yesterday Sony announced its next-generation gaming console, the PlayStation 4, and while they didn't show the actual console or the price, Jack Tretton, president and CEO of Sony America, hopes the PlayStation 4 won't cost $599 at launch.

In a interview with All Things D Tretton noted that the PlayStation 3 debuted at $599, which was an extremely steep price barrier for a lot of consumers. He was then asked if the new console would cost $599 to start:

I certainly hope not. I think we’re very proud of what we delivered with the PlayStation 3 in terms of technology and that we were able to enhance the features while still reducing the price to $249. But I think our goal with this is to debut at a more consumer-friendly price. But we haven’t made any final decisions about what the price will be at launch.

In the interview he also says that the console's "still in development in terms of final specs and designs." Currently, the PlayStation 4 features an 8-core 64-bit x86 "Jaguar" CPU build by AMD, a Radeon GPU with 18 compute units which push out 1.84 TFLOPS, and 8GB of GDDR5 RAM memory.

While Sony could still make some changes to the PlayStation 4, it's unlikely any drastic modifications will be made before it launches later this year.

Source: All Things D

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For the PS3 they developed the Cell processor. They added support for blu-ray at a time when blu-ray was just starting to enter the market. Both of these pushed up the price a lot.

I cannot see them justifying the same price level as the PS3, because they are now just sticking with x86 architecture and blu-ray is established.

That's ... not very encouraging.

Where Sony should REALLY be afraid is the reality that MS is in a much better position to fund a loss leader if they want. Sony desperately needs these to be profitable sooner rather than later.

I have a feeling they may wait until MS prices first. Only way they may be able to match (assuming the next Xbox rumors are even close to true) is because of the rumored inclusion of Kinect v2.

Wait so, if someone buys it will it take that straight away or wait until the official price has been confirmed? Surely the site can charge what they see fit once the RRP is out, so that's risky.

xstex said,
Wait so, if someone buys it will it take that straight away or wait until the official price has been confirmed? Surely the site can charge what they see fit once the RRP is out, so that's risky.

EB Games list it as provisional pricing though. Anyway it's a preorder so they won't take the money till it ships. However, it would be fairly safe to assume retailers would be privy to pricing already and even at that price it's still cheap! (PS3 launched at a grand here if you remember).

xstex said,
Wait so, if someone buys it will it take that straight away or wait until the official price has been confirmed? Surely the site can charge what they see fit once the RRP is out, so that's risky.

"Placeholder Price"

This means they take your $10 to hold ur spot in the First In Best Dressed policy and will finalise the payment on launch date.

Should be interesting tho under ACL if the price is above what they offer they have to sell it at the advertised price... So they either added a lot of money to how much the PS3 costs or they have some ERRP from PSAU

> Jack Tretton, president and CEO of Sony America, hopes the PlayStation 4 won't cost $599 at launch.

It would be very easy for him to simply deny it will. And since he's not doing that, it sounds to me like it very well could.

They also said they haven't made any final decisions, so since he says "hopes", it means they haven't eliminated that option but it's in a price range of what they could charge for it. No one asked him about another price, so...

_dandy_ said,
> Jack Tretton, president and CEO of Sony America, hopes the PlayStation 4 won't cost $599 at launch.

It would be very easy for him to simply deny it will. And since he's not doing that, it sounds to me like it very well could.

sounds like they are floating around numbers around that range, and he is hoping somehow they can bring that number down by axing chips by combining them or removing unneeded features (kinda like PS3 was supose to have dual hdmi, memory card readers, dual ethernet gig ports, etc, etc) fiugre out what doesn't make the cut then set a price based on that

So with the new Xbox and PS all going x86 for the CPU, have we gotten any word on OS for these yet?

Safe to assume a Linux flavor for the new PS and a stripped down Windows 8 flavor for the new Xbox?

I could definitely see something like that for the 720-- take the current Windows kernel space, rip out anything non-essential, build in special security measures, optimize load balancing for console gaming, and plop a dashboard on top. It could be similar enough to run certain WinRT apps but different enough to prevent piracy and performance hits.

Why would they do anything different? They did the same for Xbox (original one), with the then-current Windows 2000 kernel. And updated it for Xbox 360. And since by almost all likelihoods the new Xbox will pack an x86 processor, it makes more sense to start off Windows 8 (or its embedded variants) rather than porting the PPC-only Xbox/360 OS back to where it came from.