Will the PS4 Cost More than $400?
PlayStation 4, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 4. It’s all anyone can talk about now, ever since Sony made their non-announcement-announcement last week. The latest addition to the stack of rumors concerns the system’s price—and hopefully what we’re hearing will not be true.
According to a post on SiliconEra, the Japanese newspaper Asahi has reported that the PS4 will carry a price tag higher than ¥40,000, or $430, when the system’s released in Japan. The post notes that $400 is still lower than the lowest-priced PS3 launch unit, which retailed for between $500 and $600 for its various iterations…but that still sucks a lot, right?
Not too long ago, analysts were predicting that $400 would be the price ceiling for Sony and Microsoft’s next-gen systems. I mean, the Wii U came out at $300 and $350, and that’s pretty reasonable. I think that given the Vita’s very clear struggles in the year it’s been out at its pretty high price, it would behoove Sony to try and get that cost as low as possible.
Maybe I’m crazy here. Would you pay $450 for a PlayStation 4? I…I don’t think I would.