Pachter Predicts $399 or $449 Price Tag for the PS4 in the US - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 21 February 2013 / 5,733 Views

Following Sony's unveil of its next generation home console, the PlayStation 4, Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter is predicting the console will retail for $399 or $449 in the US. This is $150 to $200 cheaper than the $600 the PlayStation 3 launched at in 2006.

"We remain confident that the new console will have a lower initial MSRP than the PS3, which had a lofty starting price of $599 that we believe negatively impacted its longterm popularity," said Pachter.

While Sony did not unveil the price of the PlayStation 4, that hasn't stopped several UK retailers from taking pre-orders and these retailers have a price of £400.

"The smaller jump in graphics this cycle, coupled with a PC-based architecture, should result in a smaller incremental increase in game development spending by the publishers than in prior console cycles," added Pachter.

"Although the PS4 will likely be able to play games at higher frame rates than its predecessors, we believe publishers will be reluctant to significantly increase their development budgets to maximise game frame rates, as the improvement will be largely unnoticed by many gamers," Pachter continued.

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FujiokaMidori (on 21 February 2013)

Anything above $400 won't work in today's world.

TheJimbo1234 (on 22 February 2013)

When people happily pay £500 for a phone and replace it within 18 months, why is $400+ for a console which you keep for years a bad idea? Oh wait, it isn't.

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sethnintendo (on 21 February 2013)

Pricing it a 399 would probably equate to at least a 70-100 dollar loss on each system sold. I don't see this system selling for anything less than $449.

platformmaster918 (on 21 February 2013)

or it costs less than that considering they didn't list the gpu and you don't know how much Sony gets their components for

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carlosdonearth (on 21 February 2013)

ha bollocks ps3 is still selling for 300$ on amazon so no chance!

platformmaster918 (on 21 February 2013)

what? I see $200 on ebay new (the slim not super slim)

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thuggie1 (on 23 February 2013)

i would have put it more at the $400-$450 mark at the low end price, Sony always has a hight price tag on most things they make

thuggie1 (on 23 February 2013)

i would have put it more at the $400-$450 mark at the low end price, Sony always has a hight price tag on most things they make

irstupid (on 21 February 2013)

Is that go with his prediction that PS3 would get a price cut this week. Heck just found out that Vita is getting no price cut in U.S.

TheJimbo1234 (on 22 February 2013)

Oh look at that, an analyst who knows sod all about electronics. It will come in at a low price because the components are cheap and simple compared to the millions of smartphones and tablets being made each year. As phones progress, this will drive down the production cost of the PS4. But to say the "graphics jump is smaller" and "increase in dev spending" really shows the guy is an idiot. It is the new Engines that allow for faster programming and the graphics jump is much bigger, just less noticeable.

tripenfall (on 21 February 2013)

intersting to hear that the jump in graphics will be minimal.... Can't help but think gamers would of prefered games like "The last of us" for their PS3 rather than a new console... Also, does this mean Wii U could recieve PS4 ports with minimal reduction in visuals?