PS4 price to appeal to gamers 'in the broadest sense'

Sony VP comments on lessons learned from PlayStation 3 pricing; "We listen and learn...from every console launch."

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Sony has commented on lessons learned from the PlayStation 3, saying that PlayStation 4 pricing will appeal to gamers "in the broadest sense." Worldwide Studios vice president Michael Denny offered the comment to Edge, saying official details on pricing will come at a later date.

"I guess the first thing to say is that we listen and learn and take the judgement from every console launch we ever have and we have to be informed by what the strengths of our PlayStation 3 system have been, but also the challenges of that," Denny said.

"There’s plenty of time, we've got lots of information yet to give out on PlayStation 4. The initial announcement phase that we’re in now is just to explain the vision to everybody. Part of that vision is we have created a console absolutely focused on gamers--and we want that to be gamers in the broadest sense as well," he added. "I think to some extent I can ask you to draw your own conclusions."

Sony launched the PS3 in 2006 at $499 for a 20GB unit. A 60GB model was available for $599.

Industry analyst Michael Pachter said this week that he believes Microsoft and Sony may offer subsidized versions of their next-generation consoles to make the platforms appear more affordable.

Microsoft currently offers a subsidized Xbox 360, which sells for $99 if consumers commit to a two-year Xbox Live Gold subscription at a cost of $15 per month.

Discussion

1087 comments
raduz123
raduz123

I am a little torn between what to get next based on my experiences with current gen consoles. On the whole I would say that I had a more fun experience with my xbox possibly because it introduced me to online gaming. I also preferred the OS and XBL for the most part. I ended up with both consoles and eventually traded my XB in merely because I had stopped playing games so much.

The PS3 eventually checked XB with playstation plus, a service that actually rewarded gamers by subscribing as apposed to requiring a subscription to gain full access to your game. In the end I found them to be fairly matched. 

Sony seem to be making more customer and gamer rewarding decisions this time around and I feel I am being ushered in that direction.

megakick
megakick

if the XBOX 720 is $500 the PS4 will be $600 because it will have home theatre components, options I don't want to pay for...

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

Hope "Broadest sense" they don't mean their bank accounts...

(Really, I'm being honest here; I want this machine so I better be able to afford it :( )

solidus2_1
solidus2_1

The one thing they didn't learn is that people want backwards compatibility......

res123123
res123123

At this point they could price it at anything they wanted. MS are having a PR nightmare, not even Sony could forsee the the push MS have done to get people to buy the PS4.

Seriously Sony have done everything right so far, and I don't see PS4 losing to MS like the PS3 has.  

tmarbleii
tmarbleii

I would jump on a PS4 if it was $250 + 2yr mandatory subscription to PS+... have to think about it if it were $300+ unless there was a REALLY compelling program (which I haven't seen out of PS4 yet)

SeannTHEsheep
SeannTHEsheep

trouble with the consumers is they want every single thing for nothing.  one of the main factors effecting the wii-u sales in the UK is you cant home brew the machine yet.  sales of boxed games for xbox 360 have decreased but we sell more consoles because someone local j-tags xbox consoles.  people buy consoles which are easy to pirate software for.  thats one of the main reasons the ds sold so well because of r4 cards.  as swyg said.  the best price is £0.00

swyg
swyg

The price that appeals to the most people is $0.00.

Lamesy
Lamesy

"we listen and learn and take the judgement from every console launch"

Judgment only has one E, mister News Editor ;)

xOmniCloudx
xOmniCloudx

Sony realizes how they got out of that PS3 disaster by luck and brand loyalty. They turned it around but needless to say a lot of damage was done initially. Good to see them acknowledge their mistakes and this time do their hardest to avoid them. The PS3 should have been far more successful period.

pisoni94
pisoni94

only reason im getting ps4 is to play killzone shadow fall and other great franchises that werent available on xbox 


sonofMJJackson1
sonofMJJackson1

I wish sony still produced the ps2, would still sell great right now, the ps fat is still the best of the range, anyway are developers still making games for ps2, Im asking because of the huge install base worldwide.

Get_Shorty
Get_Shorty

Will Beyond: Two Souls be better on the PS4 than the PS3 somehow?

sambob530
sambob530

Riiiiiiiiiiiiidggggeeeee Rrrrrraaaaacccccceeeeeerrrrrrrr

grasshopper6
grasshopper6

sh!t gotta start selling blood already we ain't that far away from  release now, got to detox and start calling sperm banks 

TORCEDOR
TORCEDOR

sony always comes out with an excellent exciting device at first which is kind of cut down due to size. for example regual ps to slim ps where as xbox comes out nice but the improves over time. that's why I kept the original ps3 where as got the new xbox slim

SoraPR
SoraPR

My past mistake was.... I buy a Xbox 360. lol

Shango4
Shango4

Microsoft: Everyone wants always online consoles.

Players: None of us want always online consoles. 

Communications are apparently already fubar. 

tim1935
tim1935

I'm tired of subscriptions

pokatalk
pokatalk

Why do all of these comment sections end up turning into fanboy wars?

zezo2
zezo2

PS 4 LIFE lol

Rumourhasit
Rumourhasit

Not really sure if I want to buy a new console :S

PS4_Next_Gen
PS4_Next_Gen

The PS4 is looking great, I just hope for more AAA jrpgs next gen.

monson21502
monson21502

i will not buy a ps4 until the ps4 slim comes out. every single person i know who bought a 60 gig ps3 has gotten the ylod. my best friend just got it last week. he called me and said i think my hard drive went out again. i asked him what it was doing. he said it tries to come on but it flashes yellow then blinks red. i said damn tats the same thing that mine did. he was upset but i told him at least yours lasted 7 years mine died 3 years ago lol. i told him to call them and see what they will do for him. since it is so late they might give u a free one. well they told him they would give him a new 1 for 99 bucks if he put the old 60 gig hard drive back in it. i told him thats a pretty good deal and go ahead and do that. when mine broke they wanted 180 bucks plus shipping both ways ! i think sony is very dirty and sneaky for just cutting out the 60 gigs like they did without saying anything about system flaw like the ylod. those of us who gave sony 500-600 bucks early back in 07 when there wasnt nothing to play. soon as a good flow of games came in mine got ylod. i will not buy  ps4 untill i know for sure it is safe. i trust ms alot more if their stuff brakes due to their mistkes they will man up and pay for it. the whole reason i bought a ps3 first was i was scared of the rrod.

pmamba45
pmamba45

@solidus2_1The other thing they didn't learn is that people don't want a prison tag always-on. But oh no, MS is to greedy to have it any other way if the penny drops.

Tech-head
Tech-head

@res123123 

PS3 has outsold the 360 after spotting it a year headstart.  Losing how?

solidus2_1
solidus2_1

@swyg  personally I prefer to be paid for using someone elses devices

dussan2
dussan2

@sonofMJJackson1 People dont get that Sony Computer Entertainment is doing well.  Sony as a whole is crashing and burning.

But I agree the PS2 sold insane numbers.  I think the Xbox 360 will do almost as well.

pmamba45
pmamba45

@RumourhasitFor some, it really is about online PS3 support for another 2 years  at which time, more needed AAA PS4 titles should then justify the jump. They're actually doing us a favor when they release dual formats for backward compatible lovers only to then buy the PS4 for cheaper later :)

sladakrobot
sladakrobot

@PS4_Next_Gen I dont think that "good" Jrpg's can be AAA.I rather have them with functional graphics paired with a interesting battle systems,great memorable characters with a great story.

rann89
rann89

@monson21502 You say every single person you know, yet I don't know a single person who has, or even heard about friends of my friends having that issue. Gave my brother the original PS3 when I moved across country and then bought the next gen to get another one for myself. Both still work just fine.

SolidSnake9000
SolidSnake9000

@monson21502 buy a pc instead! It will be cheaper, more games, better graphics, and you can upgrade without getting rid of the whole thing. my computer's graphics card is 4 years old and will still be better than ps4's graphics card. Dude my computer is a boss! 

SolidSnake9000
SolidSnake9000

@monson21502 by a pc i doubt you will have the same problem, o and it would have better graphics more powerful and will be cheaper! 

LukeWesty
LukeWesty

@monson21502  

What a load of bollox, from what I read your friends Sony lasted 7 years and they gave him a new one for just 99 BUCKS and you say they are DIRTY!!!, good god child you are thick as dog shit.

You buy the 720, its the console for retards so you fit the bill perfectly.

Expecting a free console because your 7 year old one has died.... good god I have never read such idiocracy in my entire life. If I was Sony I would have clean laughed in you face.

Dezuria
Dezuria

@monson21502 I have the original 60gb version, and it still works fine.  Your friends mistreat their consoles or are very unlucky.

wayanbros
wayanbros

@dussan2 The PS2 was the best of its generation i still have one lying around. Don't even compare it to Xbox 360

maitkarro
maitkarro

@sladakrobot @pokatalk Yeah all thanks to MS screwing themselves, thank god. Though PC kinda has it like that for years now, except the connection part, hope they won't pull something like that on windows, everybody would move onto linux or -.- mac os.

nisgos
nisgos

@sladakrobot @PS4_Next_Gen  U just listed all componenets required for AAA , jrpgs usually lack in graphics or battle systems but they demolish their western counterparts in story and sheer length of the game , of course there are exceptions

tmarbleii
tmarbleii

@SolidSnake9000 @monson21502 Really? More games? Only if you want MMORPGs or first person shooters.

Very few fighters, nearly zero platformers, few racing, almost nothing ambitious or intriguing (such as motion controls)... so... I'll pass on PCs for most gaming...  But to be fair, I've yet to see a decent spreadsheet editor on the PS3.  :p


SeannTHEsheep
SeannTHEsheep

@Dezuria @monson21502 not to sound too harsh but the main reason for ylod and the rrod on the xbox and ps3 is FILTH.  dust builds up over a period of time and blocks ventilation in the units or builds up on the fans causing hot air buildup and thus overheating.  people just need to hoover and dust their room every day.  it really is as simple as that.  so next time you see lights its cuz youre a filthy dirty scruffy f****er and you need a maid or housekeeper

orangepeel1972
orangepeel1972

@Dezuria @monson21502  

I got a 360 at launch and it has had to be replaced 6 times that is why I'm going Sony next gen. I just don't trust MS to deliver a stable machine plus they seem to be pushing all this Kinect garbage.

tofushreds
tofushreds

@Dezuria @monson21502 6 years and thousands of hours of use later mine still works fine... though I am jealous of newer models for lower electrical usage and greater storage.