One of the lingering issues with the Playstation 3 remains the cost of manufacturing the console. It appears that Sony is not repeating that mistake with the Playstation 4 though as a Friday report says the next-gen console will only be sold at a slight loss.
"Well-placed sources" with Eurogamer claim that Sony will lose approximately $60 for every PS4 sold at $399.99. This means that Sony should recoup this loss with the sale of two games, one game and a PS Plus subscription, one game and a controller or any other combination of PS4 games and accessories.
That is a dramatic difference compared to the PS3 which lost approximately $240 to $300 on each console sold when it launched in 2006 with two models priced at $500 and $600.
Making the PS4 at a lower manufacturing cost was a major goal for Sony and part of the reason the AMD 64-bit x86 architecture was chosen from the CPU. Executives with the company previously stated that the PS4 was "much lighter" in terms of overall investment when compared with the PS3.
From a consumer standpoint, this is good news as well because it means that price drops are more likely to happen sooner with the console and without the sacrifice of features. Sony cut many features from the launch PS3 as it revised the hardware to cut down on costs. This included backwards compatibility, memory slots and the slot-loaded Blu-ray drive in favor of a top loading mechanism.
The PS4 launches on Nov. 15.
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