Will the PS4 be cheaper than its predecessor at launch?

19 Feb 2013

Sony is hoping to encourage sales of the rumoured PlayStation 4 games console by tempting consumers with a lower-than-expected price, according to a report in The Times.

The PS4 is expected to be unveiled at a Sony event in New York tomorrow. Rumours concerning the device’s specifications and release information have ramped up since the event was announced.

Yesterday’s report in The Times claims industry sources and leaked internal documents have revealed a price point of stg£300 for the new console. This would make Sony’s next-generation console cheaper at launch than its predecessor, the PlayStation 3, which was priced at around stg£425 for a 60GB model when it was first released in the UK in March 2007. Later in the year, a lower-priced 40GB model was introduced at stg£299. In Ireland, a 60GB PS3 cost €630 at launch.

While we can only guess at the verity of leaks and reports from unnamed sources, we can be sure the rumour mill will go into overdrive in the next 24 hours or so as we await news from the horse’s mouth tomorrow.

Elaine Burke is the host of For Tech’s Sake, a co-production from Silicon Republic and The HeadStuff Podcast Network. She was previously the editor of Silicon Republic.