The Sony PS4 has been announced and unveiled earlier this week at last, but unsurprisingly Sony failed to give us any indication on exact release dates that the console will be out and perhaps more importantly, how much they will be charging gamers for a piece of their new technology.
Luckily, that hasn’t stopped rumors from circulating online following the event, as we can tell you that there are already rumored price points for the UK and US markets, with even one reputable retailer in the UK already accepting pre-orders for the PlayStation 4. With all of the new features and hardware upgrades available, you can bet that Sony will be commanding a premium price at launch for the system, just like they did with the original fat PS3 model.
Having said that, it’s fair to say that $600 USD is now a lot of money for a home console and Sony may be wary of alienating consumers if they choose to go for the most expensive of launch prices compared to Nintendo and eventually Microsoft when the next Xbox system is announced.
The rumors we have for you today though are a good indication to prepare yourself for what may be coming, and we’ll start with whispers suggesting that the PS4 may come in two storage varieties and will be priced at either $429 or $529 in the US. Over in the UK, there is even more movement from retailers, with popular seller ShopTo listing a £400 price for the new system.
GAME are deploying some interesting tactics on their UK website, accepting pre-orders for the PS4, but only when consumers put down a £20 deposit. Unlike ShopTo though, they haven’t listed an actual price for the system. One important nugget of information for our UK readers though, is that Sony hasn’t actually committed to a 2013 PS4 release in Europe yet.
There is growing speculation that EU based fans may have to wait until early 2014 to get their hands on the system – a similar tactic that was deployed with the PS3 when it launched some five months later than the US. £400 seems like a decent price at first glance though, but it’s a good idea to take the initial price rumors with a pinch of salt.
If you are interested in picking up the next-generation console, let us know what kind of price you would be willing to pay.
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