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PS4 out in 2013, uses Gaikai tech, $400+ – JP reports

Thursday, 7th February 2013 00:27 GMT By Brenna Hillier

PlayStation 4 will launch before the end of 2013, cost at least $400, and feature Gaikai technology as well as expanded social feature, Japanese newspapers have claimed.

The date and price details come from daily newspaper Asahi Shimbun. According to Gematsu‘s translation, the console is expected to cost more than ¥40,000 – $427.

At launch, the base 20GB model PlayStation 3 was priced at just under ¥50,000, or $534, and retailed at $500 in the US. This suggests the PS4 might be cheaper than its precursor if a similar pattern of conversion is used, but the report does say the ¥40,000 figure is the minimum expected price and the yen and dollar are in a very different relationship at present.

The report also mentioned Sony is scurrying to meet expected demand in the US and Japan, with no mention of Europe; the PlayStation 3′s PAL territory release was delayed for several months by hardware shortages. PAL territory pricing on Sony hardware is generally more expensive, even allowing for conversion.

Meanwhile, in a Nikkei report also translated by Gematsu, the console is said to draw on Gaikai’s cloud infrastructure somehow.

For a number of reasons, it’s unlikely that Sony will offer a full games streaming service, but Gaikai could be used to power demos and trials as well as other media content; prior to its acquisition by Sony, it was one of the few companies in the world with a global server farm of the kind which will be needed if gaming ever goes completely digital.

Nikkei further claims that the PS4 will feature expanded network functions, including a social feature allowing users to exchange opinion while playing. It sounds a little like MiiVerse, and matches rumours of a “share” button, but may refer to cross-title chat – a much requested feature.

The paper agreed with Asahi Shimbun that the new console will arrive by the end of the year, and with many past rumours that it will not utilise the PlayStation 3′s Cell architecture.

A PlayStation Meeting has been called for two weeks from now, and the PS4, codenamed Orbis, is expected to show its face at long last.

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41 Comments

  1. stevenhiggster

    EU PlayStation gamers getting the shaft again, no big surprise there or with the price.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Dark

    i’m fine with $400 or even $500 , but the launch titles will be the selling point for me.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. GuerrillaDawg

    “At launch, the PlayStation 3 was priced at just under ¥50,000, or $534, and retailed at $500 in the US. ”

    Wasn’t it $599?

    #3 2 years ago
  4. nando

    “PlayStation 4 will launch before the end of 2014, a report in Japan’s Asahi Shimbun has claimed.” is obviously bullshit.I am pretty sure that Ms will launch the next console in this Christmas (Road Opens in 2013 definetely PGR 5 for the next xbox launch)and Sony will wait one year to launch ps4? It doesnt make sense at all.If it is true,no doupt Sony will collapse with ps4 sales and never catch their rival.If it is true thats a damm Russian Roulet Sony will play with Playstation TM.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. TD_Monstrous69

    @1 yea, kind like on how eu plus members get the best games in the instant collection, yep, just a total fucking shaft.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Brenna Hillier

    Sorry, typo: end of 2013, not 2014. What year is it again?

    #6 2 years ago
  7. mkotechno

    I must be retard cause I paid 599€ (750$) when was launched. Funny how companies still applies 1$=1€ in europe.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Valkryst12

    It sold for $750+ in Australia at launch.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Kaufer

    #3 Its $500 for the 20GB SKU.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Brenna Hillier

    AU and EU prices are almost always higher, yeah, but remember the PS3 launched with a couple of models, and the cheapest one didn’t come to PAL territories.

    Edit: I’ve made some edits pertinent to this discussion.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. CPC_RedDawn

    If they release it at OVER £400 in the UK, it will seriously have a hard time selling.

    If they can get it to £350 or £399 (which is what I think it will be) then it could have a really good chance.

    Or release it over £400 but they will need to pump a lot into the console to shift it. There is no good in giving people a just a console and a controller.

    I would like to see the high end package contain:

    PS4 unit,
    500GB HDD (maybe 250GB SSD but that’s a stretch)
    a stand,
    TWO controllers,
    HDMI cable (2 meters at least)
    12 months free subscription to PSN,
    and 6 months free subscription to Gaiki PS3 game streaming,
    And maybe a PS4 game or at least a demo disk (BRING BACK THE DEMO DISKS!!!)
    Maybe even through in 3 months free subscription to Netflix, Hulu, or LoveFilm as well!

    Sell this for £450-£499 and you might get away with it.

    AND above all else get some first party games out and RRP them at £40 (no higher)

    and then get a SHIT STORM of third party support for the system in the form of triple A devs, and as many Indie devs as possible (give them a license fee break to entice more to program and release on your system).

    #11 2 years ago
  12. theevilaires

    ^ You’re living in a crazy dream.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Hellhound30x

    DAY ONE!!! SO THERE DAY ONE!!!!

    #13 2 years ago
  14. osric90

    Bad idea. Around $300 is acceptable, but $400? That’s nuts, why? Because it’s only featuring few changes in the system (still Blu-ray, still a lot of things). End of 2013 for a release year is even worse. A ton of AAA games will end up being “last breathe” games and I don’t think studios will like that. PS4 for 2015, period. Big change, big jump and PLEASE: complete backwards compatibility (that’s PS1, PS2 and PS3). Or you better cost less than $200, PS4, Orbis or whatever.

    When there are games about to achieve a new narrative format, better entertainment structures… generations always change and it’s all about graphics again.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Dark

    Another PlayStation 4 report!

    http://gematsu.com/2013/02/nikkei-ps4-to-utilize-gaikai-have-expanded-social-features

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Brenna Hillier

    Added already.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. lexph3re

    Jesus 11 why don’t you ask for stock options as well while your at it. And, a 401k package too.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. daytripper

    Can’t wait for the 20th

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Telepathic.Geometry

    Main thing I wanna know is, will it be backwards compatible?

    #19 2 years ago
  20. Brenna Hillier

    @19 since they’re not using Cell, I suspect not. It might be backwards compatible with PS2 though, haaaaa.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. Telepathic.Geometry

    Well, fuck. /is disappoint

    #21 2 years ago
  22. Zohar

    My guess… $399 for the basic pack, $449 for the premium pack.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. ninjanutta

    ive read somewhere that a dongle for backwards compat is going to be sold for ps4,not sure if its true but wouldnt suprise me

    #23 2 years ago
  24. Telepathic.Geometry

    I could live with that…

    #24 2 years ago
  25. tmac2011

    400 i can deal with hoping for backwards compatiblity with ps3, hopefully this launch will go really good

    #25 2 years ago
  26. Tormenter

    Why the hell would they make it backwards compatible when they have a built in consumer force, thick as two short planks, who are willing to pony up to repurchases their games catalogue for a new console?

    As soon as you all fell in to line with the PS3.. and xbox users are in the same boat, they suddenly realised that they could just sell you ‘backwards compatibility’ @ $50 per game.

    What kind of business sense (except stupid gamer logic) would it be to suddenly reintroduce it?

    Built in BC in a console died a generation ago because none of you could take your lips from the their dick, it’s not even a thing now.

    You aren’t even dreaming.. you’re just being stupid.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. VATman

    They should use Gaikai tech for offering retrocompatibility, I think next gen could be a match point for the future of Sony and Microsoft, so they have to be imaginative and not as mean with the customer as they have been during this generation.

    #27 2 years ago
  28. Sini

    Since that trash Wii U goes for $350 I don’t see anything wrong with a $399 price tag. Would rather it be $499 with some beastly hardware specs.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. Hybridpsycho

    @osric90

    Stop nagging about backward compatibility, it limits the new machine extremely. It’s completely unnecessary. if you want to play your old games, keep your old console.

    #29 2 years ago
  30. fihar

    No backwards compatibility would be stupid.
    I’m so not going to let the 50+ titles on my PSN download list be wasted.

    #30 2 years ago
  31. orakaa

    @30: I think ALL PSN games will be compatible. No question about that. The backward compatibility that we won’t have is for main PS3 games, based around CELL architecture

    #31 2 years ago
  32. MadFlavour

    Under £300 and I’ll consider an early buy.

    >£300 and a day one purchase won’t be happening, unless I somehow strike it rich between now and then.

    >£400 and I will probably pick one up pre-owned six or seven years down the line, just like I did with the PS3.

    #32 2 years ago
  33. Erthazus

    £400 is cheap for a system that will have games, but Sony machine won’t have them at launch.

    System specs so far are not impressive, I guess that Sony fanbots will buy it at launch. Stupid fanboys.

    #33 2 years ago
  34. PC_PlayBoy

    Next gen consoles aren’t worth a bucket of warm spit.

    #34 2 years ago
  35. Gadzooks!

    #34

    Leave this site you worthless troll.

    You are not wanted here.

    #35 2 years ago
  36. kaffikjelen

    I’d be willing to pay more.

    #36 2 years ago
  37. DrDamn

    Last time $599 equated to £425. Different exchange rates this time, but not unreasonable to think that actually they are aiming for a price point around £300 in the UK based on that.

    For the core usable model I think that’s the price point both Sony and MS will be aiming for, maybe upto £350 with premium models.

    #37 2 years ago
  38. dizzygear

    @5 Cry me a damn river.
    How is Persona 4 Arena? Or Counter Strike GO? Or Xenogears? Because we have yet to see them. You get your games on time, better priced and uncensored. PAL PSN is a fucking joke.

    Sony should just dissolve SCEE and leave to the PAL zone to Microsoft, Valve and Nintendo.

    #38 2 years ago
  39. xxJPRACERxx

    People pay $500+ each year for new iPad and don’t want to pay $400+ for something that will last at least 5 years…

    #39 2 years ago
  40. OlderGamer

    Not always the same people JPRACER.

    From what I have seen it comes down to two things:

    Price.

    Controler.

    I am not impressed at all with the new XBXNXT “leaks”.

    But that is the thing…none of this “Info” is anything we can hang our hats on. Going to say it again, best to just wait. But I bet by tomorrow, there will be yet another “report” on one or another of the up and coming system specs, benchmarks, services, games, or price.

    Tbh, I am losing interest.

    #40 2 years ago
  41. RocknRolla

    @4 whats the matter with you? Article says end of 2013 not 2014 dumbass..

    @11 be happy if you get a HDMI cable, other than that you should do some reading before writing something stupid like that again.. Do you know how much you’r asking for haha? I wish we got all that, but I strongly urge you to come back to reality.

    500$ is ok price for me I live in Europe so I hope this does not go down like it did with the PS3 :) the wating is unbearable.

    #41 1 year ago

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