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The Times Has Good News About The PS4 Price

What's fair and what's likely?

The Times technology reporter, Murad Ahmed, has quietly dropped a bit of a scoop. His latest entry on The Times’ paywalled website starts by claiming that Sony is considering a price for the next PlayStation that would be something of a pleasant surprise.

The figure quoted is £300. That’s over £100 cheaper than the price of a launch day PlayStation 3 and would probably equate to something like $400 in the US.

Obviously, we’re all hoping for something as awesome as possible for as cheap as possible when Sony announces the future of PlayStation this week. Personally, I had been hoping for something like £250-£300 but expecting something more like £400-£500 for what is sure to be a very powerful machine. Of course, the other option is that Sony is planning a couple of bundles, including a limited one, perhaps with a small hard disk and a DualShock 3 rather than their fancy new controller.

I’d be surprised to hear anything about price on Wednesday so perhaps we can expect this area to be the next big rumour roundabout, once the actual console is unveiled.

How about you, obviously we’d all like to spend as little as possible but do you have any personal upper limits to what you’re willing to spend? Do you think this kind of price is fair or are you sure that it’ll be more expensive? Sound off in the comments section below!

Source: The Times (paywalled) via GAF

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46 Comments
  1. quinkill
    Member
    Since: Oct 2010

    Great news if it turns out to be true. Was hoping for £300-£350 so this is fine.

    Comment posted on 18/02/2013 at 16:33.
  2. cam the man
    Member
    Since: May 2009

    £300 isn’t bad but £250 would be tons better.

    Comment posted on 18/02/2013 at 16:35.
  3. Taylor Made
    Member
    Since: Oct 2011

    If its £300, day one buy. I don’t like to be an early adopter cause they get screwed but after buying the vita on launch I’m happy to do it again

    Comment posted on 18/02/2013 at 16:35.
    • Deathbrin
      Member
      Since: Aug 2009

      Didn’t you get screwed with the Vita??

      Comment posted on 19/02/2013 at 14:00.
      • Taylor Made
        Member
        Since: Oct 2011

        No how so?

        Comment posted on 19/02/2013 at 14:02.
  4. Jakster123x
    Member
    Since: Aug 2011

    Personally, my guess (and possibly hope) was a £300 price at launch and 399$

    Comment posted on 18/02/2013 at 16:36.
  5. bacon_nuts
    Member
    Since: Mar 2011

    £300 is a fair chunk. But depending on the 20th and taking the controller into consideration. I think I can justify it. I do think it’ll be a little more, or at least, I’m desperately trying not to get too excited.

    I think I’d rather pay more, £350 – £400 ish tops, and get a nice DS4 and a bigger HDD though. Don’t want to be clawing for space and forking out more later. I’ve got three DS3s anyway.

    Comment posted on 18/02/2013 at 16:36.
  6. Omac_brother
    Member
    Since: Nov 2011

    Sony to adopt the Free to play model for PS4. Console is free but you have to pay for the processor, memory, etc.

    Comment posted on 18/02/2013 at 16:38.
    • Peter Chapman
      Team TSA: Editor
      Since: Forever

      I’m half expecting some form of subsidised deal from someone for the next gen consoles. £100 plus a 2 year contract for online services (Gaikai and Plus or Live Gold on Nextbox) seems like something that would fit with how the industry is leaning.

      Comment posted on 18/02/2013 at 16:40.
  7. stage1
    Member
    Since: Feb 2012

    Wouldn’t care if it’s £500. It’s Sony, it’s Playstation, it’s getting bought as soon a physically possible.

    Comment posted on 18/02/2013 at 16:40.
  8. BrendanCalls
    Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc - YOHIMBÉ!!!
    Since: Forever

    £300 is really good, its just about what I would expect to pay and probably what I would be willing to part with for the launch day

    Comment posted on 18/02/2013 at 16:41.
  9. hannes_truce
    Member
    Since: Sep 2008

    I’d pay £500 for the right bundle, but solus console, £350 max.

    Comment posted on 18/02/2013 at 16:45.
    • Peter Chapman
      Team TSA: Editor
      Since: Forever

      Yeah, under £500 with a few games and an extra controller sounds good to me. Providing it’s good, of course ;)

      Comment posted on 18/02/2013 at 17:23.
  10. xdarkmagician
    Member
    Since: May 2009

    Being burnt with multiple broken consoles from MS and Sony theres no price above FREE that’ll make me gamble with launch consoles EVER again.

    Comment posted on 18/02/2013 at 16:47.
    • Forrest_01
      Member
      Since: Jun 2009

      This is correct.

      Plus the controller is awful.

      Comment posted on 18/02/2013 at 18:10.
      • JigsawPieces
        Member
        Since: Sep 2010

        Come Wednesday, we may find out you’re right.

        But we haven’t seen it yet. Just a prototype, most likely.

        Comment posted on 18/02/2013 at 19:43.
    • Zephyre
      Member
      Since: Aug 2009

      Look into warranties. Last PS3 I brought (after cancelling continuous play on my fatty) was only £40 for a 3 year warranty. That was from Game, and I made sure it was an insurance back warranty

      Comment posted on 19/02/2013 at 11:01.

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