Sony exploring 'many' options for PS4 pricing

PlayStation maker says it is "very happy" with $399 pricing, but notes it will explore other options to see "what feels most comfortable" in the future.

Sony is exploring "many" options for PlayStation 4 pricing, Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida told GameSpot last evening.

Asked if Sony may introduce a subsidized PS4 model, Yoshida explained that Sony is "very happy" with the $399 price point ($100 below Xbox One), but left open the possibility for new options in the future.

"We are interested to explore many different sections to [understand] what feels most comfortable in purchasing the PS4," Yoshida said. "But initially, we are pretty much focused on getting the right price. And we are very happy with the price."

Microsoft currently offers a subsidized Xbox 360, allowing gamers to grab the system for $99 if they commit to a two-year Xbox Live Gold subscription at a cost of $15 per month. The deal would cost less up front, but consumers will wind up spending more in the long run.

Yoshida also suggested that Sony may offer multiple PS4 models at launch, which was rumored yesterday.

"So we are not yet talking about day-one SKUs or options like that," he said. "As we approach the holiday we will be able to announce."

The PS4 will play used games and won't require an online check-in. The system's design is "almost" final.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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brucies_bubbles
brucies_bubbles

How bout an SKU that plays PS3 games. I would pay a premium for that.

MVan86
MVan86

Hey Sony, how about for starters you explore charging only an extra $100 in Aust like MS is for the X1 instead of an extra $150?

evil_m3nace
evil_m3nace

Imagine if they release a version that is a laptop chassis...Holy **** that would be awesome!

wyan_
wyan_

I thought Sony was going to have a higher end model than the base $399 PS4 available at launch as well. I was waiting for an announcement on that.

deliciousdsl
deliciousdsl

you think ps4 will have a 80gb hdd or larger? or is that the new "models" with larger hdd


mInDsHiFtEr
mInDsHiFtEr

Ok, I get that PS4 is being the good guy in it's price point...BUT I want to know how much the games will cost! Not paying a big ben every time I want to play something different. That would certainly offset the low $400 system cost.

commanderxp90
commanderxp90

No thanks to the Microsoft for offered $499 XBOX ONE.  I already preordered the PS4 on Amazon that the PS4's price cutted $100 off.  <3 Sony and Nintendo!

GTR-King
GTR-King

Will the PS4 Be out this year in the uk Europe Australia & Newzeland? I am from the UK & Don't wanna wait till next year to get a PS4. Will GTA 5 Be on the PS4?

CaptainSofa
CaptainSofa

Is that picture up there how the PS4 really looks, or is that a speculative picture? Its pretty ugly.

R4gn4r0k
R4gn4r0k

"The deal would cost less up front, but consumers will wind up spending more in the long run."

And that is exactly why I never go for these deals. It's always cheaper if you are able to pay up front. Of course this isn't always possible but a console is not a huge cost like a house or a car, etc... 

blackace
blackace

What other SKU's? Unless they will have a 1 Terabyte version, which would be fine with me, but I won't pay $500 for it. My only downside with the PS4 is their controller. I hope they fixed all the issues. I won't know until I actually hold it in my hands.

BlackBaldwin
BlackBaldwin

I'm still curious about alot of things about the console but I got what I wanted out of the conference now I'm ready to sit back play some more games and wait to see how the final news/version of the ps4 is gonna be also the launch line up is for it.

kareem306
kareem306

I really wish i could have the ps4 with an xbox controller , the ps controllers seem like they would break so damn easy

GamingDreamz
GamingDreamz

so do they still have the free online with the ps4?? missed the confrence so idk....

inscript
inscript

Playstation really used a page out of Apple's book !

inscript
inscript

Play4 is the same console as ps3 with xbox360 features

inscript
inscript

Ps4 price $399 for a 16gb hardrive system......so we really won't to see how many of y'all going to be so hype at launch

hardeddie
hardeddie

The more exoensive the hardware the more mature the audience. In the next gen we'll need to welcome the shouting COD fanboys. PSN is a great place where gamers are more matured and not once in my experience heard any shouting or screaming. Even PC we can hear screeaming nerds. Action speaks louder on PSN.

Triton
Triton

Its $100 cheaper because MS included the Kinect crap with it instead of on the side. If Sony tossed the move crap in - they would be the same price.

blue_shift_91
blue_shift_91

DAMN, sony. get your sh*t together. so far, the only good things you've announced to us are pretty much just the opposite of xb1.

marcsmashing
marcsmashing

@mInDsHiFtEr Why would they cost more than XBOne games? They will be similarly priced as always, and most likely the same price as PS3 games at launch.

bouff
bouff

@GTR-King in the conference they said it be out this holiday season in USA and Europe, I assume that means us in UK too

bouff
bouff

@CaptainSofa I think it looks really sexy and will look even better next to the PS3

bouff
bouff

@blackace I don't care what other SKUs they bring out (unless they bring out smaller HDD's) as the HDD is upgradable, like the PS3, so you can always get a bigger one later on

CaptainSofa
CaptainSofa

They do break easily. This is my only real complaint about the PS3. Its not that the cases break, but the sticks go bad. I play on average about 2 hours a day and I usually get about 4 months of use out of a controller.

mtnjak
mtnjak

@kareem306 As a PS2 and PS3 owner, I would say that their controllers are plenty durable.  I've play an Xbox and a Xbox 360 only a few times but the one thing I didn't like that well was the controller.  The Xbox controller is so chunky and bulky feeling compared to the Playstation.  

silent_cid
silent_cid

@inscript except you can download a portion of the game and start playing right away. You will have access to all PS3 games via Gaikai and remote play a lot of PS4 games on a Vita.

jms020
jms020

@Triton the eye is actually 60$ so no it would not be the same price it would be 40$ cheaper. Also the eye is not required to play the system unlike the kinect. So if your kinect breaks you can't play the xbox one till you get a new one if your ps eye breaks you can still play.

kareem306
kareem306

@Triton Probs but people would still buy the ps4 due to it not having to be online to function

hairdie
hairdie

@Triton but isnt the kniect sensor part of recognising you and part of the drm? so basically we are paying 100 extra so they can screw us over

fillup0
fillup0

@Triton The controller has a Move built in and the PS4 comes with a camera which tracks the controller. The Kinect is more advanced to be fair, but it's still un needed.

Yomigaeru
Yomigaeru

@Triton But Sony doesn't seem to be pushing the Move nearly as hard as Kinect, and that doesn't look like it will change anytime soon.

To Microsoft's credit, they really did give Kinect a decent push on the 360. Playstation Move, however, never really went anywhere outside of a handful of games made exclusively for it and support for more traditional games.

jms020
jms020

@blue_shift_91 They are not saying they are going to change the 399$ price. They are saying they are looking into different options like getting the move with the console or bonus's if the PS4 is pre-ordered or bought on day one. I don't understand how they need to "get their sh*t together"

kareem306
kareem306

@CaptainSofa Yeah i thought so my Xbox controllers lasted me a year  until the sticks got lopsided  and ruined. and that was playing nearly everyday,Looks like im going to have to take so much more care with these ps4 controllers as they are expensive to replace!

Zerabp
Zerabp

@fillup0 @Triton the camera isn't included with the system you have to buy it separately that said it's only needed for move games so it's simply an option if you want it (camera is sixty btw so it's still cheaper than the XB1). 

jecomans
jecomans

@inscript You can pre-order PS4 console for $550 in Australia, games marked at $118. Most new games cost $100+ in a store or from a local online business. 

I hope more people here start to realise buying games from the UK is an option that gets you games for what the rest of the world is complaining about - half the local price! Peace.

inscript
inscript

All games on both consoles are going to be the same price $59

DSkinMasque
DSkinMasque

@jecomans @blackace @falloutworld272 @inscript Why would you buy only digital games? Usually my has a few installs (like 28) and the rest is filled by dlc.  250gig did it this gen I don't see how it would bother me next. Either way the HDD is exchangable and NOT proprietary like the fucking Vita so 2TB here I come!