PS4 is the cheapest PlayStation home console (when adjusted for inflation)

When adjusted for inflation, PS4 is the cheapest PlayStation home console launch ever.

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Sony managed to undercut Microsoft when they announced PS4 will launch for $399, $100 less than Xbox One's $499 launch price. Not only is this significantly less than PS3's launch, when adjusted for inflation, it's the cheapest PlayStation home console launch ever.

According to a price analysis by Ars Technica, PlayStation 4 is cheaper than any previous home console from Sony, with PS2 being valued at $405 when adjusted for today's dollars. Microsoft's new console, on the other hand, is the most expensive Xbox ever--but not by much. Xbox 360 would cost $476 today, and that doesn't include a fancy next-gen Kinect camera, either.

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    July 1, 2013 10:05 AM

    John Keefer posted a new article, PS4 is the cheapest PlayStation home console (when adjusted for inflation).

    When adjusted for inflation, PS4 is the cheapest PlayStation home console launch ever.

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      July 1, 2013 10:08 AM

      TL:DR
      "Our new product is not quite as overpriced as our old product"

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      July 1, 2013 10:40 AM

      Price adjusted for inflation isn't the only factor. My yearly income hasn't increased enough over the past few years to keep up with the inflation. Even tho my hourly wage has increased slightly, I make less now than I did when I started my current job.

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      July 1, 2013 10:54 AM

      Except the income of lower and middle class people (i.e. the 99%) haven't been going up with inflation for years, so this is moot.

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      July 1, 2013 12:08 PM

      I hope cheap doesn't imply inferiority. As the saying goes you get what you pay for. Like to see the cost analysis of this system and quality of build compared to a 100dollar more better system of xbox one. What is the cost to make both systems and what do you get for performance with the quality of the hardware.

      For me its about the games, online platform and controller and Xbox One is the preferred system for my gaming consumption especially with my favorite game exclusive for Xbox One - TitanFall.

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        July 1, 2013 12:18 PM

        It's not really exclusive to the Xbox One. You can play Titanfall on the 360 and PC, as well.

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          July 1, 2013 4:41 PM

          It's his preferred controller. We all know mouse and keyboard is inferior for FPS games.

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        July 1, 2013 12:22 PM

        new angle. I like it!

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        July 1, 2013 2:08 PM

        But... 360 was cheaper than PS3 at launch too. It held its own.

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      July 1, 2013 12:19 PM

      Good luck actually finding $399 console anywhere near the launch window though. Prediction: either Sony or retailer (due to constrained supply - possibly artificially so) will bundle the shit out of this thing (PS eye, extra controller, games etc.).

      I can't see how Sony could afford to do otherwise. They'd lose too much money (and they don't have the money to lose).

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        July 1, 2013 12:21 PM

        how do you know they don't have much money to lose?

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        July 1, 2013 12:21 PM

        ...We've been able to pre-order launch day $399 PS4 since E3.

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          July 1, 2013 12:21 PM

          I was going to post just this but he did qualify his post with "launch window." We're not in that window.

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          July 1, 2013 12:24 PM

          Didn't they run out of supply pretty quickly? They obviously have to offer some kind of $399 SKU, but I can't believe that they're going to just burn through a couple of billion dollars in the first years. They're not doing so well financially that they can afford that. The obvious solution is to heavily front load some kind of bundled SKU where they lose a lot less per sale (or even make a tiny bit).

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            July 1, 2013 12:27 PM

            Why are you making the assumption that they are going to lose money at $399? Estimated BOM puts it well under $399.

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              July 1, 2013 12:39 PM

              Where did you read that? 8 GB of GDDR5 is going to cost them. Even if they barely break even (I doubt it), breaking even isn't a business. $399 is a ridiculously low price, I really can't see them sticking to that in practice. I'm not complaining as a consumer (I'll pick one up if I can and enjoy the low price), but I just don't think Sony can afford to "price out" the competition in the long run - they need to make money as much as any other company.

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            July 1, 2013 12:34 PM

            The $399 launch day sku is OOS on amazon, however they do offer game bundle launch day editions.

            PS4 + Watch Dogs = $460
            PS4 + Battlefield 4 + 1yr PS+ = $499
            PS4 + Killzone + 1yr PS+ = $499

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              July 1, 2013 12:40 PM

              Yeah that's what I was thinking.

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              July 1, 2013 12:42 PM

              I don't have a problem with the 1 game bundle. I mean really, you need a game to play anyway.

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                July 1, 2013 12:46 PM

                Sure, if they have the game you want as a bundle there's no problem.

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                July 1, 2013 12:48 PM

                Not with PSN+!!!!!!!!!!!

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                July 1, 2013 4:37 PM

                Unless you are going the digital only route. The only use for an optical drive is blurays for me.

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            July 1, 2013 12:41 PM

            They're using the same idea they used when creating the Vita: set a price point, select hardware to come below that point, and make a profit.

            They're not pulling another PS3 era. They're very clear they're not making that mistake again.

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        July 1, 2013 4:04 PM

        I don't think it's really a huge problem. It's not like either of these two boxes have smash hits right out of the gate.

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        July 1, 2013 4:40 PM

        Have you always been a fanboy or did I just miss the memo?

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      July 1, 2013 4:54 PM

      I was about to post that I read an article on Ars Technica about this same thing three days ago but then decided to click the link and saw that this is linked to said article.

      There's also this related article too:
      http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2013/06/report-sony-scrapped-pack-in-camera-plans-to-give-ps4-a-price-advantage/

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