As the world waits for the next big Sony PS4 reveal, one crucial factor about the system is the price that consumers will have to pay, with many fearing high costs due to the promising new potential of the console thanks to the new PC-based architecture that is significantly different to the cell-based PS3.
This week, we have some encouraging hints from Sony that the price will not venture on the ridiculous side, as we saw with the £425 and $600 price tags for the 60GB PS3 model at launch. It’s safe to say that we won’t be seeing a repeat of this with the PS4, but Sony are well within their rights to charge more than the Wii U considering what the system is now capable of with hardware such as 8GB of RAM on board.
Michael Denny, Sony’s Worldwide Studios vice president has given an interview with Edge this week, revealing that the PS4 price is going to appeal to consumers ‘in the broadest sense’, suggesting that gamers won’t have to cough up a near fortune this time like they did with the PS3 at launch.
With the Wii U launching at $300 for the Basic model, how much will Sony increase this price though if they are going to appeal to consumers in the ‘broadest sense’? That tells us that it is going to be affordable, so a price between $300-400 surely has to be considered here.
Anything over that price isn’t really appealing to a broader sense of consumers is it? Sony obviously wants to attract as many consumers as possible with the PS4, so hopefully they start prices low to really gain an advantage on Microsoft and Nintendo.
Denny has added that we should ‘draw our own conclusions’ on what he meant by appealing to the broader sense – so it is looking promising we feel. It’s clear that a lot of people are already very interested in picking up the PS4, despite not seeing the actual hardware yet.
How much would you be willing to pay though at launch? Do you agree that $300-400 is a reasonable amount and anything over that is unacceptable?