PlayStation 4 to cost £300, reports The Times

British newspaper says that Sony's next-gen console might be cheaper than initially thought.

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Sony is looking to price the PlayStation 4 at "about" £300, according to British newspaper The Times.

"Industry sources and leaked internal documents suggest that Sony is considering pricing the new device at about £300, more than £100 cheaper than the starting cost of its predecessor," says The Times. The PlayStation 3 launched in the UK for £425.

£300 works out at approximately $464, though hardware in the US is traditionally priced a bit cheaper than in the UK.

But The Times' report also says Sony won't be announcing the price or the date of the PlayStation 4 at its PlayStation Meeting 2013 event in New York on Wednesday, and will instead be waiting for Microsoft to show its hardware before coming to a final decision.

"Because company executives want to see Microsoft's updated Xbox before PS4's release, Sony is unlikely to reveal exact prices or dates for the new PlayStation at next week's event," says the newspaper.

The Times also says Sony's PlayStation 4 will be able to support the "new generation of ultra-high definition [4K] televisions" alongside earlier rumours such as cloud streaming and a touchscreen controller.

Sony's PlayStation Meeting will take place in New York on February 20 at 18:00 EST/15:00 PST/23:00 GMT. GameSpot will be in attendance and broadcasting the event live.

For the latest PlayStation 4 information, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

Discussion

319 comments
blackace
blackace

We'll know the truth tomorrow, hopefully.

skornedwarrior
skornedwarrior

$500 is too much, i'll play my ps3 for awhile then.

Vodoo
Vodoo

I don't even think Sony will release the specs of the machine tomorrow. They don't wanna announce specs and then MS has a chance to improve the Xbox's specs before their announcement next month. They're just gonna announce the console exists and some features it'll have.

hadlee73
hadlee73

British newspapers haven't been tapping into peoples' phone again have they?

TTDog
TTDog

This has to be one of the last places I would look to find an estimated cost of a console... just below, "Tramp asleep on the bench in the park"

tiki_tidalwave
tiki_tidalwave

Although they probably won't announce prices at tomorrow's event, my prediction is Sony will release 3 SKU's; a $400.00 model w/120GB, a $500.00 model w/500GB, and a $600.00 model w/1TB.  And, the higher costing SKU's will  also include additional downloadable game(s) and perhaps another controller to entice consumers.

thechuck11
thechuck11

No way I would buy above $399, and they shouldn't expect many other people to either

ecurl143
ecurl143

I'll wait until I see the info officially before I believe the figures but if there's even a grain of truth behind this, that's a really aggressive price point from Sony.


HydePark1980
HydePark1980

I love Sony and I'm really looking forward to this announcement tomorrow.....but as a consumer and gamer I expect to see reasonable prices and more game variety besides an onslaught of polished shooters for this new generation.

Incubus420
Incubus420

Like I said this system needs to be $399 for Sony to have a chance.  

SaverofHumens
SaverofHumens

And people complained that $350 was a lot for a Wii U.....smh....

dunk_420
dunk_420

I would rather pay $599 and get a better machine

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

I want a PS4 right away. But I was bit in the ass last generation for buying launch consoles, so I'm going to wait until 2014 - 2015 before buying.

I'm really looking forward to the PS4. It's going to be hard to deter me from putting it on my wish list.

The next Xbox will be on there too so long as certain changes are made to Xbox Live. Getting the Playstation first this time.

mtnjak
mtnjak

$464 isn't bad if you consider the original launch price of a Playstation 3, which was $600 in  2006.  I'll still probably do my usual "wait a year" until more games start rolling out for it (and perhaps a slight price drop or other incentive, like the Sony store deal where you got a half dozen blu-ray movies with the console AND a $150 credit if purchased with a Sony credit card).

wizo59mt
wizo59mt

i paid full price for xbox 360 and ps3 atlaunch, so the price would not deter me if given enough advance notice of price and where and when i can buy, im not rich either, so if its gonna be this expensive for the next gen system sony better have alot of manufacturing plans already getting figured out big time, with a new console close to the price of special bundle systems currently they will sell like hot cakes, i know for fact since i bought ps3 i wasnt married to a fellow gamer so i only waited all nite for one. but now we will either be pre ordering online if possible or camping a walmart or kmart somewhere days in advance for two.

danusty
danusty

$464 to $450...... that's a lot!!!!

WingChopMasta
WingChopMasta

Hmm $464 does sound reasonable compared to the $599 of the PS3. After it is all said and done you will still be paying over $500 for the system alone, then you will need a game or two. So ya the price will still be in the high 500's when its all said and done.

Still a heck of a lot cheaper than a decent sized ipad. 

nurnberg
nurnberg

And "The Times" knows this because?  Oh wait, that's another BS rumor, without anything to back it up.

ryafel
ryafel

I look forward to getting one soon and I hope I will be able to play all my current PS3 Games

robertcain
robertcain

Having the initial price was one of the first mistakes Sony made with the PS3 though they probably saw it as mandatory given how new the technology was back then. A reduced price (If it actually happens) would show that Sony really is learning from it's mistakes and is pulling out all the stops to make the PS4 a success straight away.

DiamondSlicer
DiamondSlicer

I don't think I'll be able to wait-2-3 years before buying the new console like others here have been saying. It's better for your wallet and overall game library, but it requires a lot of patience, I just don't think I'll be able to resist all those new releases. Also, if it's compatible with ps3 games then its a huge plus. Please make this happen Sony!

farcorners
farcorners

will they stay with idiotic trophies, or at least make game levels worth counting past level 12?

DarkSaber2k
DarkSaber2k

£300 for a PS4. Or £400 for a PC that beats the PS4 into the ground for the next decade.

ibejackson
ibejackson

@Vodoo  

If Sony does announce specs and Microsoft improves their specs, this will set them way back, as they will basically have to go back to the drawing board.

 Plus games are already being developed on both systems, this would nothing short of suicide on microsofts part to try and one up Sony.

Sure they may add features to be competitive,but to improve specs no.

Vodoo
Vodoo

@tiki_tidalwave I doubt it. They're going after casuals with their new machines. There's no way they'll price it that high. They learned their lesson with the PS3, noone will pay that.

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

@dunk_420 what exactly would be in this $599 "better machine" ?? How can you know it's"better" without specs or any details at all? Lastly, "better" is a subjective term and is different depending on who you ask.

Kiaininja
Kiaininja

@wcwj26 I predict one of PS4s launch title to show off its Epic Next Gen Graphics Prowess to be "Giant Crab VS RIDGE RACER!!!".

ibejackson
ibejackson

@danusty 

"$464 to $450...... that's a lot!!!!"

Hell I have twice that amount in my graphics cards for my PC setup, thats not including the $1600 in processors, $1000 in Ram, another $950 in the OS.

the price point will not effect my decision to buy, that will be determined if I like the product I'm spending money for.

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

@danusty consider that you're typically getting a $1000-1500 computer for that price. I'd rather pay more for the console and less for each game.

The-Neon-Seal
The-Neon-Seal

@ryafel I seriously doubt it will be backwards compatable. Not with PS3 games designed to run on the Cell processor.

BigAl519
BigAl519

@robertcain 

A cheaper price still wont make up for the possible blocking of used games, no backwards compatibility and constant need to be online even for single player games. If those rumors are true Sony has dug an even deeper hole than the PS3's initial price point. 

mr_azim
mr_azim

@robertcain Eugh, and everyone said a cheaper price would make the PS3 a success but it was anyway.


Get a job if you really want the system.  It's already cheaper than the PS3 on launch, so why complain?


danusty
danusty

@DarkSaber2k I'm not a PC gamer but for that price I'd rather buy a PC that is sure to do everything the ps4 can and more.

doraemonllh1989
doraemonllh1989

@DarkSaber2k PC already beats the console,its just that hardly anyone play games on PC

piracy,always online DRM,you and I know developers dont care about PC,they dont get PROFIT AT ALL thanks to piracy,developers dont care about how well PC runs,EPIC GAMING PC or whatever is useless if they cant get profit from it

ibejackson
ibejackson

@Vodoo@tiki_tidalwave 

"There's no way they'll price it that high. They learned their lesson with the PS3, noone will pay that."

I would, reason...

1) do just beacuse you said noone would do it.

2) I do what the F.Uck I want to with my money.

danusty
danusty

@Hvac0120 if what you say is true and you do get a 1000-1500 for that 450 price, then it's worth it however, I'm not sure if that's true.

ryafel
ryafel

@The-Neon-Seal @ryafel  So now I have to spend R4500 on the console and R700 - R800 per Game?.... Wish I got an increase...

Kiaininja
Kiaininja

@mr_azim @robertcain So anybody that can't afford an overpriced machine are homeless now. Do you get off putting down the working class? I hope your butler pisses in your caviar!

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

@danusty @Hvac0120 well we don't know the specs so we can't compare for PS4. But traditionally consoles have used GPUs that match or beat current gen PC components. High-end gaming cards run between $400-700. Mid-range cards run $200-400.

Start adding in processor, motherboard, RAM, storage, Blu-ray, USB, WiFi, Bluetooth, HDMI, and so on... The cost adds up no matter whether it's Intel or AMD.

burns112233
burns112233

@DarkSaber2k "£300 for a PS4. Or £400 for a PC that beats the PS4 into the ground"

You stated the price then you went oh yeah and then the PC beats the PS4 to the ground.  How is that not biased I'm not sure if you're stupid or pretending to be stupid.  It could be a reason why you're broke.  

DarkSaber2k
DarkSaber2k

@burns112233 @DarkSaber2k Biased how? I took the rumoured price of the Playstation 4 and took the price of an actual PC bundle we sell at work and compared them side by side. You sure are pulling a lot of bollocks out of your arse, but hey, keep flinging shit like a downs syndrome monkey and some might actually stick, right?

burns112233
burns112233

@DarkSaber2k @burns112233 lmao a comparison? more like a biased comparison.  sounds bitter too like you won't you can't afford both because you're broke.  

burns112233
burns112233

@DarkSaber2k @burns112233 Only one console probably a wii lmao.  I own everything that's why I'm not complaining about the price like you are because you're broke.