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Sony PS4 components cost from teardown

Have you ever wondered what Sony’s PS4 console actually costs to make when examining the components inside? Usually we have to wait well after launch for this kind of information to turn up, but we’re pleased to bring you an early glance at just how much Sony is spending for each console sold.

You may have heard that Sony will be making a loss on each PS4 console sold, but actually a new report suggests that this isn’t the case. Fresh details have emerged, claiming that Sony will spend $381 to build each PS4 console, offering just a slight profit on the $399 that they will be charging consumers on the market.

The information has come from research firm IHS, who have conducted a teardown on Sony’s new console to which details have been released early courtesy of AllThingsDigital. Out of this $381, we hear that the AMD processor specifically costs Sony $100.

16 memory chips inside the system make up $88, while the Seagate 500GB hard drive inside the system cost them $37. Other areas of the console such as the Wireless Marvell, Skyworks chips and the optical drive add a further $28 to the mix.

Finally, we have the DualShock 4 controller which according to the report costs just $18 for Sony to build. That totals $271, so there’s still $100 unaccounted for which hasn’t been revealed by IHS – perhaps the full teardown will reveal this aspect.

So there we have it – Sony spends $381 to build each PS4, before selling it to you for $399. How does this make you feel, are you surprised with this outcome with so little profit margin for Sony?

Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

Contact Alan Ng: alan@product-reviews.net

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