Recently, rumors began circulating around a suggestion that the PlayStation 4 could be a massive hit if Sony were to offer it heavily subsidized or even free, as part of a subscription agreement. Well, today’s addition to the rumor-mill would appear to completely contradict all such notions, stating that when the PlayStation 4 release date rolls around later this year, buyers better be ready and willing to hand over more the $400 for the privilege.
Sony has scheduled a PlayStation even for later this month and while no word has yet been given on focus, the world seems to have reached a consensus that the PS4 release date announcement is indeed on its way. As such, rumor and speculation has hit fever pitch and the latest reports from the Japanese media are now stating that the price-tag for the PlayStation 4 will be somewhere in the region of $430.
Of course, this isn’t exactly a hefty price for what is expected to be a complete and total game-changer for the console gaming industry, but on the other hand the idea of a subsidized PlayStation 4 was nice while it lasted! In fact, if the latest leaks as to specs and features prove to be on the money, a $400 price tag for the PS4 would see Sony selling the console at a considerable loss.
Apparently earmarked for an eventual release date close to the Christmas shopping rush, the PS4 is hotly tipped to go head to head with the equally unannounced Microsoft Xbox 720, which rumor has it will boast and octa-core processor and an optional Surface Tablet-style controller.
However, rather than raw power under the hood it is likely that it will come down to which of the two is able to deliver the most all-encompassing home entertainment experience in terms of deciding the victor.