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PS4 price not determined by Xbox One RRP announce – Tretton

Tuesday, 2 July 2013 02:27 GMT By Brenna Hillier

The PlayStation 4′s price tag was decided well in advance of Microsoft’s E3 2013 Xbox One conference, SCE America boss Jack Tretton has said.

Microsoft was the first of the two competing platform holders to present at E3 2013, and revealed a $499 launch price for the Xbox One. Sony’s immediate follow-up of a $399 RRP for the PlayStation 4 had the cynical thinking that the company had deliberately undercut its rival in the break between conferences – which is, of course, kind of ridiculous.

“A multi-billion dollar publicly traded corporation makes those decisions months and months in advance,” Tretton told IGN in an episode of Up At Noon, as transcribed by Polygon.

“We felt we had a great value proposition that people would respond to but you don’t know how you’re going to be positioned against your competition. We felt good about it regardless of where our competition came in, but lower is better than higher, we learned that with PlayStation 3.”

In fact, Tretton wasn’t even watching Microsoft’s gentle collapse.

“We were doing rehearsals and I was going through my stuff. I heard a little bit of applause and I figured if there was applause and it was in our arena that was probably good news,” he said.

The executive said he was elated to have “won” E3, receiving several bouts of ovation during Sony’s E3 conference, but knows the console war is still to be fought.

“I really had to allow myself to enjoy the moment for a couple of minutes after the press conference finished and then you kind of have to shake it off and say, ok, day one of a ten year battle, and we have to win the consumer’s support one consumer at a time, so it’s back in the trenches,” he said.

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18 Comments

  1. wildBoar

    So IGN’s full of shit.. Who knew right?

    #1 2 years ago
  2. SlayerGT

    Good episode of Up at Noon.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. melonbuster1

    Bullshit. . Lol

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Bam007

    It’s okay. Just like the PS Move, the PS4 camera thing will also become pointless within the first 12 months of its release.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. machy

    option is a power for consumer .. thx sony

    #5 2 years ago
  6. TheBlackHole

    “PS4 price not determined by Xbox One RRP announce”

    Except that it was, because Sony made a very conscious decision fairly late on to make the camera optional, not mandatory, thus cutting a good chunk of money off the base price.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. DrDamn

    @6
    How late on? You’d expect both would have been reasonably aware of what the other was doing. Videos confirming the camera removal were available well before the MS press conference.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Gama_888

    @6 and how the hell do you know that??

    PS4 would still be cheaper even if the camera was included

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Chris8bits

    Uh duh! If you honestly believed even for a second that Sony came up with the price between MS’ conference and their own, you’re naïve and don’t have the tiniest shred of a god damn clue how business works. And fuck IGN for perpetuating that rumor to begin with.. Children and idiots, everywhere.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. MCTJim

    What I believe is that they decided to come out with a core system at E3 that didn’t include their eye toy camera.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. DrDamn

    @10
    They decided to remove the camera *at* E3? There were PS advertising videos seen on 2nd June well before E3 which confirmed the camera was sold separately.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. OlderGamer

    With the DRM Uturn, Kinect is the only reason I am not buying XBone. Glad Sony decided to make their eye toy optional.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. MCTJim

    @11 I have not seen any official advertising prior to E3 since both systems were not officially promoting buy me at that point…all the gaming sites are now reporting that it was made at E3 to undercut the x1 pricing. So I really dont know who to believe and its really not a big deal to me anyways. When it comes to buying next gen I will be getting both. 100 bucks is not going to break my bank since I am spending 1k anyways with the games I want at launch.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. DrDamn

    @13
    http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=574241

    This was from 2nd June. So at that point they were already producing advertising material with this in. The decision was not made at E3.

    I’d buy both at launch too if I didn’t have pesky commitments like kids ;). Some great looking games coming for both systems. PS4 is just better value for me at this point and has more games I want to try, there’s lots on X1 to tempt me too though.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Citrus raptor

    I believe they had planned for several different prices/packages, and decided which one they’d go with after MS announced their price point. That’s what I would have done anyway…

    #15 2 years ago
  16. MCTJim

    @13 I just looked and it seems to me that the little advert that says MAY be required could or could not be included..who knows and as it stand right now..its moot..pricing is what it is. As for pesky kids..I understand completely..got two and they are expensive..especially the one who is in his 2nd year of college…but I have been putting away $$ just for these systems since last year..kinda like a Christmas club..20 bucks a week is all I could afford and now its gonna pay off… I was figuring they would both be 500 bucks each..got just enough for both and maybe a game on each system.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. bradk825

    @15 that’s my theory. Going second is a big advantage, I don’t believe for a second he was going to go on the stage not knowing the entire XB1 presentation. They already said cutting the eye from the bundle was designed to undercut XB1.

    PS4 launch announcement was made before XB1 but their price wasn’t announced until AFTER XB1, I am guessing if XB1 had not named their price at E3, Sony would not have either. Analysts were already saying it was going to be a game of chicken to see who could price their box second and undercut the competitor.

    I like that Kinect is included. The exclusive titles are more likely to invest in more and more detailed Kinect functionality if they are not limiting their audience by doing so. If every XB1 has a kinect, you aren’t targeting only 30% of the XB1 crowd when you make a game and want to add motion control to go with the gamepad or add voice, or both.

    Sony scored a pricing victory but cutting the eye but may lose out in the long run when nobody wants to build stuff for it.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Citrus raptor

    @17

    I agree with everything you wrote.

    #18 2 years ago

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    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood has launched on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. You can watch the launch trailer for it below. Boxed copies in Europe arrive from May 15, and in Australia/New Zealand on May 14. You can grab digital copies from the following online services: Steam, PlayStation Network, Xbox Store.

  • GOG’s online service GOG Galaxy is now in open beta

    GOG Galaxy, the DRM-free online gaming platform from the folks at GOG, has left Alpha and is now in open beta for all to try. As previously announced, the online service, similar to Steam, is option. Players do not need to play online as all games are stored by the service and can be played […]

  • DayZ-inspired Goat Simulator DLC GoatZ is out this week on Steam

    Goat Simulator players can download DayZ-inspired DLC this week called GoatZ. According to Coffee Stain Studios, GoatZ is “the only survival game on Steam that isn’t in Early Access.” Jokingly of course. The DLC features: Mandatory crafting system because everyone else is doing it. Zombies that bug out. There’s a pun here about actual living […]

  • No, Far Cry 4 is not currently free on PSN

    You may have seen a few Tweets from people saying that the PS4 version of Far Cry 4 is available to download from PSN for free. This is not true. A few readers have tipped us off to what looked like a glitch on PSN that allowed players to download the full version of Far […]

  • Metal Gear Solid: The 1984 Collection confirmed to be a clothing line

    Konami is teasing a Metal Gear Solid thing called “The 1984 Collection.” The Metal Gear Solid Facebook page posted this image about an hour ago: The caption reads, “Step back into the 80′s with our new MGS collection coming very soon! Stay tuned!” This is supposedly in reference to the clothing line that was announced […]

  • Portal, The Simpsons, Jurassic World & Scooby Doo packs listed for Lego Dimensions

    Lego Dimensions is likely getting a few unannounced content packs. One of which is themed around Valve’s Portal. A set of unannounced content packs for the upcoming Lego Dimensions have been revealed by US retailer Walmart. The listings include packs for The Simpsons, Scooby Doo and Jurassic World, and most interestingly, Portal. The listings have […]

  • This is the most authentic recreation of GTA 2 in real life ever

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  • PlayStation 4 sales reach 2m in the UK

    Sony has sold 2 million PlayStation 4 consoles in the UK, faster than it did with the PlayStation 2 – the company’s best-selling machine in the country. MCVUK is reporting that as of last weekend, 2 million PlayStation 4s have been sold in the UK. The data is based on GfK Chart-Track estimates. This makes […]

  • H1Z1 gets female characters, skin colour options planned

    In an effort to improve diversity in the game, H1Z1 developer has added female characters. Female survivors can now be found throughout the world of H1Z1. Developer Daybreak added the new feature in a patch released last Friday. You will be able to choose a female avatar in the main game and in Battle Royale. […]

  • Possible teaser site for Castlevania creator Koji “IGA” Igarashi’s new game opens

    Either Castlevania creator Koji “IGA” Igarashi is working on a soon-to-be-launched Kickstarter for his new game, or someone is pulling an elaborate prank. At PAX Prime last year, during Keiji Inafune’s Mighty No. 9 panel, a flyer was handed out to attendees that showed what appeared to be a 2D game of some sort with […]

  • Destiny weekly reset for May 5: Heroic and Nightfall strikes detailed

    Tuesday is here and Destiny’s weekly reset is also here. Bungie announced that your weekly Destiny grind has now begun. The Nightfall and Heroic strikes are now live too. This week’s strike is Winter’s Run. Rainbow burn is back for the Nightfall, which means you do more damage with all elemental weapons, but also receive […]

  • PC version of Project Cars delayed in Australia due to severe weather

    Recent weather conditions in Sydney, Australia are responsible for a slight delay of the PC version of Project Cars in the country. Sydney recently suffered from storms that caused flooding in some areas. One of those is the place where publisher Namco Bandai was storing PC copies of Project Cars. The stock was “severely damaged,” […]

  • Twitch’s new process makes it easier for streamers to appeal flagged content

    Twitch has updated its appeals process concerning videos that have been flagged by the audio ID system. Towards the end of last year, Twitch introduced a new audio recognition system that scans archived streams and automatically mutes the audio whenever copyright music is identified. The system has been in-use ever since and Twitch has today […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has a day one patch, but it’s not a major one

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will indeed have a day one patch, to make the first-time experience as smooth as possible. Like many modern games, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will have its day one patch. According to the developer however, it wasn’t born out of necessity. Miles Tost, level designer at developer CD Projekt […]

  • CoD: Advanced Warfare owners get free pistol today

    Advanced Warfare developer Sledgehammer Games is adding a new pistol to the game, free to all players. The M1 Irons is a new pistol that comes to Advanced Warfare starting today. The weapon is offered as a thank you gift from the developer. Sledgehammer says the Irons is good at range and packs a punch. […]

  • Fall down the Skullgirls Big Band music video rabbit hole with me

    Skullgirls is a pretty amazing fighting game, but did you know it’s also a passable music creation suite? Earlier today I was idly perusing an episode of PlayStation Underground showing off Skullgirls 2nd Encore, a re-release of the indie fighter packing in loads of new features and coming to PS4 – with full cross-play! – […]

  • The many uses of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood’s pipe weapon

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood adds a sick new weapon to BJ’s arsenal: a pipe. In Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, a pipe is not just a pipe. Not only can you bash nazis with it, you can use it to climb walls, reach hatches, and even break through some walls. Plus? You can dual wield it. […]

  • Mortal Kombat X teaser gives first look at Predator

    Mortal Kombat X’s next celebrity guest was teased during the latest Kast. Today’s Mortal Kombat X Kast was mostly about all about Jason, but also included a very brief nod to Predator. You can watch the full livestream to see the tease in situ if you’re really keen, but IGN shared this convenient edit: There’s […]

  • Rock Band 4 has count-ins, drum fills and vocal harmonies

    Rock Band 4 will more closely emulate the feeling of being a real musician with some neat personalisation touches. For Rock Band 4, Harmonix elected to double down on player ownership of their experience rather than technical precision. To this end, it has implemented a number of cool new features. I am wildly envious of […]

  • Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z, Lost Planet 3 developer shuttered

    Spark Unlimited has gone down with all hands. The Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z and Lost Planet 3 developer has been shuttered and all staff laid off. Chief technical officer John Butrovich confirmed the news in a statement issued to IGN. “Spark Unlimited is closing as a video game developer. The ongoing opportunities for smaller mobile […]

  • PS Now subscription available on PlayStation 3 this month, Vita coming soon

    PlayStation Now’s all you can eat service has finally been dated for PS3. Subscriptions to PS Now, Sony’s cloud-based gaming service, will be available on PS3 from May 12 in the US. The all you can eat package will also be made available on select Bravia TVs and Sony Blu-ray players on the same date. […]

  • GTA 5 is even better with a gravity gun

    GTA 5 modders have made a dream come true, adding a gravity gun to your arsenal of mayhem-causing weaponry. GTA 5 isn’t ready for this. It looks like a heck of a lot of fun, but the poor old Los Santos po po can’t deal with the resulting carnage at all. If Rockstar were ever […]

  • “Mod makers should be able to make money from their creations,” says DOOM creator

    DOOM co-creator John Romero has weighed in on the paid mods debate. Paid mods are a hot issue right now. For years, Valve has been enabling content creators to make money from their work on Counter-strike: Global offensive, Dota 2 and Team Fortress 2, but when it partnered with Bethesda to offer the same for […]

  • Watch WRC driver Kevin Abbring smash through a DIRT Rally challenge

    WRC driver Kevin Abbring has been participating in Dirt Rally’s daily events – and kicking ass. Dirt Rally seems to have ticked one of the most difficult to attain boxes of racing development – creating something professional drivers like to play, and which rewards their years of experience. Codemasters published the video below showing Hyundai […]

  • Mortal Kombat X patch to bring PC version up to console standard

    Mortal Kombat X PC will be fixed tomorrow, NetherRealm has promised. The PC version of Mortal Kombat X has come under fire for poor performance, including stuttering frame rate and bugs as plenty. About 45 minutes into a recent Twitch stream, NetherRealm boss Ed Boon said an update will drop tomorrow to address many of […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: all new Crucible maps detailed

    Destiny’s House of Wolves DLC will add four new maps to the Crucible, the game’s competitive multiplayer mode. Let’s take a look at all of them. Alex brings you new footage showing all of the four maps that will drop with House of Wolves. He goes over the layout, landmarks, gameplay styles, and other important […]