Mon, Sep 23, 2013 | 00:44 BST
PS4 hardware loss will be recovered at launch via PS Plus subs & launch titles, Sony hopes
PlayStation 4 is expected to make a loss at launch, Sony has confirmed, but the company hopes to regain some of the outgoings via the new paid PS Plus requirement for online gaming. Launch titles are also hoped to stem the loss.
The quote comes from Sony Japan executive Masayasu Ito, who explained the company’s hopes to Eurogamer. The site also cites unnamed sources who suggest that there will be a $60 loss for each $399 PS4 sold, however, Ito denied the figure when asked if it was accurate.
He could not confirm if more than one launch title would have to be bought to negate the loss, but hoped that each customers’s initial PS4 spend would recoup the sum. He stressed that regardless, PS4 is poised to make a profit quicker than PS3, echoing earlier comments from Sony’s Andrew House.
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