One of Japan's biggest and longest running newspapers, Asahi Shimbun, has run a promising story - translated by The Verge - implying that the Playstation 4 (Orbis) will cost just over 40,000 Yen, or roughly $430.
The Verge put this into context for those unfamiliar: The Playstation 3 launched in late 2006 with a cost of 60,000 Yen. As most people know very well, the console released at an asinine $599 that November in the States. Since then, the price has dropped - and hearing the newest price for the Orbis seems promising.
Is this rumored price point good news? Of course it is, if it's true. A 40,000 Yen price point indicate the Orbis may well launch state side for $200 less than the PS3 cost in 2006. Unfortunately, this is all speculation at this time. We hope to have more information - and hopefully some confirmation - following Sony's event in New York City on 20 February, where Asahi Shimbun and The Nikkei business daily have reported the Playstation 4 will supposedly be announced to the world.
The Asahi Shimbun also indicates that the PlayStation 4 will launch in Japan and the United States sometime this year, with no indication of European release - indicating the console may not come to Europe until the following year - and that the newest controller is "roughly the same shape" as the currently used Dualshock 3.
IGN has reached out to Sony for official comment on the story, and will update when they hear back.