When the PS3 first launched in 2006, the price was outrageous, higher than any other gaming platform on the market. The 20GB model cost $499, while the 60GB was $599. Now there are multiple different GB capabilities, and the 320GB is only $445, a considerable drop compared to the original prices.
On May 31, 2011, Sony released the PS3 Call of Duty Black Ops Bundle, which includes the game, PS3 console, and controller—all for $299.99. This is a phenomenal deal compared to 2006 prices, and is guaranteed to sell more units.
So why all the price drops? Well, when the PS3 was first developed, Sony had to specially manufacturer the equipment, software, and hardware. This put them so deep into the red that profit wasn’t seen until the past two years.
Now where is that money going? Into the development of the PlayStation 4, which we shouldn’t expect for another year or two—at least.
Cost for developing the PS4 will be dramatically lower than when Sony created the PS3, since the tools are already there. They just need to improve upon already great technology to create a best-seller, something fans will need to be happy for the next 15 years.
So what kind of price should we expect for the PS4 at its launch? Probably around $450 for the first year, but hopefully a little lower. As of now, it is hard to make an accurate guess, since we don’t know what kind of technology modifications they are going to add to the platform in able to make it legendary.
How much do you think it will cost, and how much should it cost?
As always, bookmark www.SonyPS4.com for more updates about the next generation video game console!