WBIE pres. "very pleased" with PS4 price point

Warner Bros. executive Martin Tremblay says $399 is "spot-on" and will help "energize and make the transition easier."

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment president Martin Tremblay, who manages the Batman, Lord of the Rings, and Lego game franchises, is "very pleased" with the PlayStation 4's $400 price point.

Despite his enthusiasm for the price, a full $100 below the Xbox One's $500 price tag, Tremblay said in an interview with GamesIndustry International that consumers will ultimately vote with their wallets.

"This is spot-on what I think the price point needs to be, and it will energize and make the transition easier," Tremblay said. "That being said, we'll see how consumers are going to go for it. We're building for both platforms. We like both. The specs are amazing on both sides. But I really do like Sony's price point; this is something that can give us a chance to succeed quicker."

Regarding the Xbox One's used-game stance, Tremblay said he was "surprised" by Microsoft's choice to leave decisions about allowing or denying secondhand sales up to publishers

"You've got to listen to your consumers," Tremblay said. "You've got to listen to people playing the game. That's very important. I think I was a little bit surprised, to be honest…Now that we see that coming and we see what people want, just go with it. That's the way I look at it."

Lastly, Tremblay said Warner Bros. is a "believer" in the Wii U, saying that a healthy Wii U--as well as Xbox One and PS4--is an overall positive for the industry at large.

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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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93 comments
megakick
megakick

and games will on be $105 each that 100 dollars off will lose value fast.

JeremyPhi86
JeremyPhi86

Awesome I love the additions to the game & the fight scenes rock.

vadagar1
vadagar1

he is pleased but XboX is NOT ... LOLZ badomdish

hadlee73
hadlee73

Sony CEO: "We've finally managed to make almost everyone happy with us! About time too! The future is bright for Sony!"

*Looks out window to see a bright flash and mushroom cloud*. "You maniacs! You blew it up!"

Hurvl
Hurvl

Lol, that picture of the Joker is how I picture Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment president Martin Tremblay looking like when expressing how pleased he is about the PS4's price.

Hellhound30x
Hellhound30x

Hey guess what, I'm very pleased with the Playstation 4 too... this is a customer talking btw.

oh, and I hate, and I mean HATE the xbox one and what it represents. GREED!

YukoAsho
YukoAsho

What a wonderful backpedal at the end.

And honestly, the industry is served better by Microsoft getting its head kicked in.

Triton
Triton

Please with both price points, but would have been nice to not have the Kinect, which would have made the prices equal. I think it is due that Sony got their arse handed to them with the Sony move crap, which is why they left it out, actually a smart "move" - no pun intended. lol

ArchoNils2
ArchoNils2

the only ones that aren't are working for MS

xxxchris
xxxchris

That is a lovely picture of Mr. J. 

rodd76dog
rodd76dog

so lets start comparing apple to apples.  

rodd76dog
rodd76dog

ok first put thing into the right prospective.  Xbox $499.  comes with everything you need plus headset.  sony $399 comes with just the box and controller.  add headset + $40 add camera + $80 ( which does absolutely nothing) and move controller $75 x how many u need.  and look at your prices. Plus get this, when you buy a game that requires a camera or ps move you will need to purchase more things.  Xbox isn't making that issue a issue. you can experience the game the way it was intended.  PERiod!!

soulless4now
soulless4now

I think everyone is pleased with ps4's price point...except M$. lol

BelaidKL
BelaidKL

The guy managed to get in a good word for the Xbox One, Wii U and the PS4 in one interview.. Respect!

Superzone
Superzone

I really think WBIE has become one of the better publishers in the industry.  Mortal Kombat, Injustice, the Arkham games.  They release quality titles.

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

Well that was a nice article!

No bitching or anything, bloody hell..  Makes a difference!

haravtar
haravtar

Was about to take what he said seriously till i read the last paragraph.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

I'm sure all pubs want the consoles to be cheaper.  It's why I waited to buy a PS3, and why I'll wait to buy an X1.

But the pubs have something more to gain.  The cheaper the console, the more they sell, and the bigger the install base.  Leading to more games the pubs can sell.

These pubs said the same thing last gen, and they'll say the same next gen, too.

al3azmi
al3azmi

@hadlee73 almost everyone was happy with the PS3 with almost being the consumers were happy and devs who got used to the ps3 were happy too but the new ones not so much.

and now everyone is happy except fanboys gotta hate fanboys

BigBossWato
BigBossWato

@Hurvl Don't most people look like that over the PS4 price point. 

sankohuy
sankohuy

@rodd76dog Some people just doesn't need the junks...like junks apps they put in phones these days......

cirugo
cirugo

@rodd76dog  

I don't want any of that shit and I don't want an arbitrary internet connection requirement.

SOLDIER-No2
SOLDIER-No2

Back when ps3 was expensive, people bitched about the price, but it had a bluray player and wifi, things that were actually worth it and that the Xbox 360 didn't have. Now, the Xbox one justifies their price with a worthless camera that everyone agrees is not needed.

jasongm
jasongm

@rodd76dog PS4 will come with headsets. Plus i don't think anybody really cares for the camera add on.

YukoAsho
YukoAsho

@rodd76dog The PS4's also coming with a headset, and NO ONE needs a camera spying on them.

RE4_Stranger
RE4_Stranger

@rodd76dog You do realize the console includes a headset, the camera is completely optional and only costs $59, the move controller is completely optional as well and only costs $40 (this is based on current gen prices).

So it is $400 for a complete package. Now if you are willing to spend the extra cash up to $500 you also get ps+ and a game. Also since you get plus you get instant access to another full ps4 title in drive club for free.

With the xbox one you pay $500 plus $60 for gold and then you still need a game which will be another $60. So with xbox you are paying over $600 to get a gaming experience. and with PS4 you are only paying $500.

I we remove both subscription services PS4 with a game is still cheaper then base xbox one.

Anyway i have proven my point.

Chai_Tea
Chai_Tea

@rodd76dog Hmm let's see at 499.99  Xbox comes with the Kinect which I don't need.  It comes with a cheap headset which I will end up replacing anyway.  Hey you know what.  If they had just left out the headset and Kinect,  They could have sold it at 399.99 also and I would have been happier.  Let's see at 399.99  the Playstation comes with the console, one controller and a cheap headset that I will replace anyway.  Sold! because all I need is the console and the controller for a cheap price.

DarkNeoBahamut
DarkNeoBahamut

@rodd76dog With the price of one Xbone (without games and online gaming) you can also buy : a PS4, a game (Killzone, Watch dogs or Knack) and a Year of PS+ (that comes with Drive Club).

There are bundled on Amazon already.

oh and don't forget PS4 hardware is more powerful than X1, it has more GPU cores and DDR5 and yet it is cheaper.

MotRFalcon
MotRFalcon

@rodd76dog Oh and can't forget the XBOne comes bundled with a boatload of restrictions. Ahh money well spent.

MotRFalcon
MotRFalcon

@rodd76dog I don't need the camera or the move controllers. Motion controlled gaming is nothing more than a gimmick with poorly made games weather it's the Kinect or the PSMove. The headset is bundled with the PS4, plus its confirmed all turtle beaches will work with it. So yeah that $399 price tag is looking damn good. But hey for the extra $100 dollars you get a camera that watches and listens to you 24-7 with the XBOne, totally worth it right? Meanwhile I have an extra $100 to put towards games.

MetaMods
MetaMods

@rodd76dog appartently i don't need any of those, so 399 is spot on for me

bouff
bouff

@BelaidKL I was just surprised he got a good word in for the XBO, don't think anyone out side of M$ has done that yet haha

Kolo32
Kolo32

@haravtar A healthy WiiU is good for the industry and on top of that the WiiU can succeed. It's start is no worse than the PS3 when it came out with almost no games and a steep price point. It took about a year for things to really come together for the PS3.

YukoAsho
YukoAsho

@PixelAddict Of course.  They'll never say anything outright bad about a console, no matter how much they may or may not believe it, because they want a relationship with them all in case they need to publish for one or another that they may dislike.

His open praise of the PS4, however, suggests Sony's doing the right thing.

Total_mischief
Total_mischief

@al3azmi @hadlee73 Well the Xbox 360 had a couple of things over the PS3, it was easier to develop for, they had a more stable online service and their retro compatibility wasn't removed halfway through, but wasn't a full feature and didn't support every game. It also handled local multiplayer much better with gamer profiles than the PS3. I honestly think that the 360 (after the RRoD problems) was the better system, but PS3 definitely had more worthwhile exclusives. Thing is, Sony learned, Microsoft didn't. PS4 looks like a solid game console, Xbox One...meh.

YukoAsho
YukoAsho

@BigBossWato @Hurvl Yeah, with all the awesome announcements Sony made, it's rather like the whole gaming world got Joker smiles.

YukoAsho
YukoAsho

@jasongm Honestly, after Kinect sold as well as it did, MS is stupid for surrendering that extra revenue stream just to monitor its users.

Yeah, I found ANOTHER reason MS is stupid for bundling Kinect.  They stack up.

Triton
Triton

@MotRFalcon @rodd76dog 

The restrictions do not bother me. I never disconnect any of my game system from the internet that I have now, and I do not buy many used games. I do wish the extra $100 for kinect crap would be a option like what Sony did, and if they would have the would be pretty much equal price.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@bouff @BelaidKL Or simply nobody wants to hear/remember when someone does praise the Xbox One.

YukoAsho
YukoAsho

@Kolo32 @haravtar I think he means the part about Xbox One.  I think we can all agree that its failure can only be a good thing for the broader industry.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@YukoAsho Although creepy, it's at least a more sincere smile than the ones executives usually put on.