PS4 controller concept by hesit8in. Most sources expect the controller to have a touch surface in the centre, something we discussed some time prior to the rumours surfacing.
That’s about £275, although there’s no chance the two price points will simply match up like that come release.
The PlayStation 3 was wildly expensive, and there’s no way that Sony will want to attempt to repeat that mistake at launch. For reference, the more expensive of the two configurations was 60,000 yen at the PS3′s launch in Japan.
It was £425 here in the UK.
The paper also reiterates what we’ve heard before – that the PS4 will launch in Japan and the US this year, with no mention of Europe, and that the Dual Shock 4 will feature a touch pad in the centre. Of course, they could just be repeating previously heard rumours.
In related news, Japanese business paper Nikkei points to Gaikai as being fundamental to the PS4′s infrastructure, and says that the new console will not feature the Cell chip, making backwards compatibility a most definite “no” if true. It’s possible that Sony will leverage Gaikai’s streaming tech in some way, though.
Sony bought Gaikai for $380 million last year.