PlayStation 4 to cost $400+ and feature cloud streaming - Report

Japanese newspaper claims next PlayStation console will cost in excess of 40,000 yen ($428) when it launches in the US and Japan this year; PS4 to include biometric controller and cloud streaming.

With two weeks left until a Sony event that is being widely tipped as the official announcement of a new PlayStation console, more rumours have today emerged on the estimated launch window and price of the company’s next home device. Citing Japanese-language newspaper Asahi Shimbun, The Verge reported that the PlayStation 4 will be released in the US and Japan during 2013 and will cost more than 40,000 yen ($428).

The estimated price is a third cheaper than the PlayStation 3's 2006 launch, which debuted at around 60,000 yen in Japan, $599 in North America, £425 in the UK, and $999 in Australia. No specific information was provided on the launch availability for the PS4 in Europe or Australia, leading to speculation that the silence regarding the device in the latter markets may indicate a later 2014 release.

Other details in the paper's report lend further credibility to earlier rumours that the next PlayStation's controller will include biometric support in the form of a rear touchpad (like that found on the PlayStation Vita), and will be a similar size to the current DualShock 3.

A second report by the Nikkei Business Daily said that the PS4 will include integration of Gaikai's cloud streaming service. Sony acquired the firm for $380 million in mid-2012.

GameSpot contacted Sony for clarification on the two reports, but the company declined, saying that it does not comment on rumour or speculation.

For more information on the future of the PlayStation, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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philMcCrevis
philMcCrevis

Sony needs to build an entire gaming ecosystem around the PS4.  No more gaming publishers like EA and Activision just buy the title and stream it.  obviously would be a pain in the arse if you had to have an internet connection to play your games but honestly, who doesn't have 24/7 internet these days.  i think Sony has an enormous opportunity with the PS4 before Google and Apple finish invading the living room

yixingtpot
yixingtpot

now they can say it, Playstation 4-LIFE.

StevoComesAlive
StevoComesAlive

I'll pay 400 for it. I will pay 500 dollars for it. 600

UnifiedGamer
UnifiedGamer

Comparatively I agree that it is a better price than it's predecessor, but damn, that is a fat chunk of change, hoping they throw in a great title with the system or at least for the love of God produce a strong launch lineup unlike PS3's 6 titles that only increased to roughly around 12 within a year.

wyan_
wyan_

I was so excited about this news I told Nicholas Cage over lunch. He just gave me the most condescending look followed by the words, "You don't say..." I almost cried.

24714733
24714733

are we even sure its gonna be called ps4 ?

crashmer
crashmer

Cloud streaming could be a great bet by Sony, on the PC the hardware varies more, but on a dedicated gaming platform they might be able to work it out. 

xbikes
xbikes

i don't understand the problem of the people they own pc.

i do not care for the better graphics or whatever they talk every time about there powerful pcs.

i prefer the simplicity of the console and the variety of games. 

MonkeySpot
MonkeySpot

Still too early to tell - Too many issues still on the table. Price still needs to hit below $200 for my wallet to open, though. And there needs to be an announcement over used game tech (yes or no), as well as a bunch of must-have software... Madden & CoD won't cut it.


I guess what I'm saying, is that I still don't care.

Kenji_Masamune
Kenji_Masamune

I'll end up getting one after there's at least 5 must own games on the system.  For the PS3 that took almost 3 years =/ 

kratos-lll
kratos-lll

I think Sony is doing it right this generation, they have come out to announce before Microsoft, most likely will lunch the ps4 at around the same time, and are focusing on software, and social aspects of the system, while keeping a reasonable price. If all these rumours are true, well done Sony, well done.

BeingReal
BeingReal

I know I'm being cheap, but I'm gonna wait till it falls around a price range I find acceptable. 

DuaMn
DuaMn

If they want me to buy next-gen consoles, they have to show me real next-gen games. Just high-res textures and some useless DX11 effects won't convince me. I want to see same amount of difference as there was between God of War 1 and God of War 3. Actually a lot more than that.

Imatyta
Imatyta

I am only sooo excited, every 6-7 years :p Can't wait till the 20th :)

hmdcrazy
hmdcrazy

Have I ever told you the definition of a 1TB Console?  Well the new PS4 will have a 1TB memory space. How?. do I know..? umm duhh the newest has 500 GB so what the hell would make you all think Sony would keep it at 500GB so to all the PlayStation fans out there


IF YOU SMELELLELE OWWW WHAT P.S.4 IS COOKING      GIVE ME A HELL YEAH! 

Metallic_Blade
Metallic_Blade

Well... as for the $400 price-tag, that's already doing better than the PS3 launch. 

Now as for the unconfirmed extra DRM put into the games, essentially blocking them for second-hand use... all I can say is kiss OWNERSHIP of your future 'bought' PS4 titles obsolete. This might be a direct-download-like service disguised in a physical medium. 

The games will be tied to your unique account id as well as the console's hardware unique id as well. This will be exactly like PC gaming with using serial numbers on each copy of the game... the only catch is (so far) you will not be able to deactivate the game's serial number once it is put into your account. 

OHGFawx
OHGFawx

It'll cost $300-400 when I buy one, and it will have more memory than launch consoles.

JLCrogue
JLCrogue

Not a bad price for a new console. I just hope the graphics are significantly improved enough to justify buying a new console at all. It will also have to have some really good exclusives for me to even consider it, since I already have a really good gaming PC.

therealsig
therealsig

@philMcCrevis Only around 30%% of the world population has access to the internet. And I'm only talking about access, not 24-hr connection, stability, or speed.

yuenyugo
yuenyugo

@Imperiacommando i got your point man... yeah, what spec they gonna add for just 400$ ? it isnt gonna be a big change with ps3 right? and the mean of next gent is a big leap ahead , it feel like not ps4 but ps3,5 with that kind of cost. i think 600$ more reasonable

marting265
marting265

@Imperiacommando all i ever hear about pc fan boys is how consoles cant compete with pc's...its a known fact..if we would want to play pc people would of by now..some people prefer the larger variety of games on the consoles and relaxing on the couch playing their game..who cares

DTH17
DTH17

@Imperiacommando So I can spend $400 and get a solid 4 years out of my console or I can spend $800 on a gaming pc and have to upgrade every year to be able to play the new games. Yeah, the pc is much more cost effective

CharlesBurns
CharlesBurns

@BeingReal Always a good idea. Wait 6 months to a year for them to iron out any kinks and the price will drop by at least a third.

Lane_McNair
Lane_McNair

@DuaMn DX11 effects aren't useless. Running physics and particles on the GPU alone will potentially make a huge difference in graphics, not to mention tessellation, true 1080p, and a hell of a lot more shader power. The triangle count may not go up as much as the last gen, but that will hardly matter.

TTDog
TTDog

@hmdcrazy I can't help but wonder why they keep crapping out newer versions with bigger and bigger harddrives when they make a huge point about how easy it is to install a laptop hard drive yourself... one that would cost far less than the price increase for each new version.

s2i2p2i2o
s2i2p2i2o

@hmdcrazy Who cares about harddrive space? There are far more interesting specs to talk about.

marting265
marting265

@OHGFawx amen im goin to wait atleast a year...they always add more memory later on after launch..smart choice

keymaster7
keymaster7

@JLCrogue I'm pretty sure that the graphics should be much better than the previous gen (According to the specs that it) also they will need some really good titles in order for us to even consider of moving from PS3 to 4.

TheWalkingGhost
TheWalkingGhost

@MRFreeman12345 If that is the case, I am thinking you are looking for a reason to. Nothing released about the PS4 recently has been bad news, it looks pretty good so far. The only bad news is about the next Xbox and it's constant internet connection and banning of second hand titles. The PS4 is not rumored for those, and not the latter anymore.

slainta
slainta

@yuenyugo @Imperiacommando It doesn't really work like that. The consoles are also a mean to sell the exclusive games. Sony sold the PS3 under cost initially. The real price would have been $900 instead of $600. And this due to the Blu Ray disc among the other things. Now that there isn't an optical disc standard to fight for anymore they may want to do it again to kill the competition, especially the Next Box. If rumors are true the PS4 will be 50% more powerful. Add a reasonable cost and the free PSN and MS is out.

s2i2p2i2o
s2i2p2i2o

@DTH17 @Imperiacommando So sick of that retarded comment, since it is not true! Yes, one might only be able to play the new games on the highest graphic settings, with AAx16 and all that shit for about a year or two, BUT then you just turn down the AA a bit and maybe have slightly less shadow quality and boom you are good to go for another 1-2 years and you are still  miles (!) ahead of every console. . . A game on medium settings on pc looks as good as the consoles counterpart when the console reaches age 2-3, so plz just shut up. 

shruteshkumar
shruteshkumar

@s2i2p2i2o @DTH17 @Imperiacommando I am always amused at these guys who think PCs need to be upgraded every few months lol... the games are made for the same hardware level, a.k.a console level, so does the PC magically become LESS powerful as time passes? xD

An FYI I buy PC games at $20-$30, on launch day (here in India), the exact same game on the console at the exact same moment and exact same store costs $60... @ 1 game a month, I SAVE $360 a year at least because I play on a PC :D

slainta
slainta

@s2i2p2i2o @DTH17 @Imperiacommando And still you are going to upgrade because you can't stand your PC not using the highest settings. It's an illness. With consoles, instead, the old hw gets better and better each year because developers always find new ways to optimize it.

lfavelino
lfavelino

@DuaMn @KingofCabal @TheWalkingGhost @MRFreeman12345 How is it piracy to do What As I please with something that is MY property? Please enlighten me.

lfavelino
lfavelino

@DuaMn @KingofCabal @TheWalkingGhost @MRFreeman12345 Could you explain why?