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Rumor: PlayStation 4 Will Cost More Than $400 This Year

As previously reported, Sony plans to make a huge PlayStation announcement on February 20, 2013 at 6pm EST. The last PlayStation press event outside the E3 Expo loop took place just over two years ago in Tokyo and revealed the PlayStation Vita handheld console. Naturally it's easy to speculate that Sony plans to "wow" gamers again with the official reveal of the PlayStation 4 later this month.

Over the last year, rumors and hardware specs have heated up the rumor mill, obviously pointing to an upcoming console whether Sony admits it or not. The latest rumor claims that Sony's new unannounced "Orbis" console will cost more than ¥40,000, or $427 USD. It's also noted that the PlayStation 3 was priced just under ¥50,000, or $534 USD, and retailed at $500 here in the States.

The rumor goes on to add that Sony is "scurrying" to meet expected demand in Japan and the United States. There was no mention of Europe in the report, as the PlayStation 3's PAL release was reportedly delayed for several months thanks to hardware shortages. Still, there's a good chance Sony learned its lesson and is trying to prevent similar delays with the next-generation.

In addition to the PlayStation 4 announcement, there's a good chance the company will also reveal a price reduction of the PlayStation Vita on a global scale. Nintendo was forced to drop the price of its 3DS handheld just months after its initial release due to poor sales, and Sony, facing similar mediocre sales, may finally be succumbing to pressure and consumer reluctance in purchasing the more expensive $249.99 USD handheld console.

Sony may be revealing its PlayStation 4 console later this month in order to beat Microsoft to the 2013 punch. The rival Redmond company will reportedly showcase its Windows 8-powered Xbox Infinity during E3 2013 which is slated to launch in time for the holiday shopping season. That said, the rumored price of Sony's PlayStation 4 actually seems a little steep in a lackluster economy addicted to mobile gaming. But perhaps that will be Sony's biggest surprise yet: a high-powered next-gen console with a Nintendo's Wii U price point.

Just weeks ago, a spec list emerged based on January's Development Kit for the new console. The kit had 8 GB of RAM and 2.2 GB of video memory. The CPU was listed as 4x dual-core AMD64 "Bulldozer" – indicating that there will be eight cores total – and the GPU was listed as an AMD R10xx. Also included was a 160 GB HDD, a Blu-ray drive, four USB 3.0 ports, two Ethernet ports, HDMI and optical output, and 2.0, 5.1 and 7.1 audio channels.

As always, take everything with a grain of salt until Sony (supposedly) makes the big reveal in a few weeks. Cross your fingers that Sony doesn't jump on the anti-used-games bandwagon with Microsoft, and will let you play those cheaper "gently used" titles.

 

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  • A Bad Day
    Is it the truth, or a repeat of the MS incident?
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  • bison88
    It's a rumor, defies the truth it its definition.
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  • aoneone
    Biiig deal, I still have my PS3 for blu ray and once in a blue moon.... games. I use my 3770k for games ^_^
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  • sacre
    I don't doubt it.. Issue is, we want these Consoles to support high graphic games.. but we don't want to spend a fortune on them..

    So what do we do? We kill the PC market by making games "so-so" with graphics. Unfortunately not everyone can afford a gaming computer, so its easier to game with Consoles. 200-400 bucks and bam you can play all games!

    I'm a PC guy.. but seeing the pirating so high and the console being so easy to afford/use.. well, I don't blame developers for going console specific or going console and porting to PC.

    Yes, you can pirate for the console as well but a lot more steps are required. It isn't as easy as "pirate bay/torrent/play".

    Oh well.
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  • gekko668
    Anyone knows if the PS4 is backward compatible with the PS3 games? I have a feeling that it doesn't because Sony is using an AMD processor
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  • A Bad Day
    sacrebut seeing the pirating so high and the console being so easy to afford/use.. well, I don't blame developers for going console specific or going console and porting to PC.Yes, you can pirate for the console as well but a lot more steps are required. It isn't as easy as "pirate bay/torrent/play". Oh well.
    Part of the reason why pirating occurs is because of how inconvenient the vanilla game is. Back in 2007, Spore had one of the toughest and most annoying DRMs...

    Ironically, Spore ended up being the most pirated game.

    Why?

    Because legit customers don't want a pseduo-malware installed onto their computer.
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  • As long as thy dont show Killzone 4 bullshots... Deja Vu.
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  • holdingholder
    gekko668Anyone knows if the PS4 is backward compatible with the PS3 games? I have a feeling that it doesn't because Sony is using an AMD processorI can pretty guarantee you it won't be. The architecture of the cell processor is so different to x86 they would need to put a cell in there (like they did with the PS2 emotion engine and the first gen PS3's) for it to be able to work.
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  • Based on the rumored spec list, I have had a similar machine with much of the same specs as this next gen console.

    It's called my PC.

    An AMD multicore CPU, 8 GB of DDR3 and ATI graphics.

    Kind of funny to think about.
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  • I have a PS3 since release, but this is money better spent on upgrading your current gaming PC or building one. The specs don't jump out at me like I thought they would. My current PC already outshines their rumored specs big time! I also game at 2560 x 1600 on max settings so this would be dumbing down gameplay for me. I'll stick with the best and keep my PS3 a while for just Media.
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