Sony Worldwide Studios’ vice president Michael Denny has reiterated that Sony are trying to present a console "absolutely focused on gamers", and that the company have learned lessons from the release of the PS3 (which launched at an exceptionally high price point of $599).
Denny didn't go into huge specifics,, but whilst on the subject of pricing he hinted heavily that Sony are doing their best to make the new console affordable.
“I guess the first thing to say is that we listen and learn and take the judgement from every console launch we ever have and we have to be informed by what the strengths of our PlayStation 3 system have been, but also the challenges of that,” Denny told EDGE.
“We want a system that can reach as broad a gaming audience as possible but whilst being a system that’s deep, connected, rich and immersive and is going to give a very focused and differentiated experience than anything else that’s out there.”
Asked what lessons Sony had learned from this current generation, Denny was resolutely non-committal in terms of specifics,, saying that there was still plenty of time for that.
“The initial announcement phase that we’re in now is just to explain the vision to everybody. Part of that vision is we have created a console absolutely focused on gamers – and we want that to be gamers in the broadest sense as well. I think to some extent I can ask you to draw your own conclusions.”
A cheaper console, particularly if Sony arrive on the scene first, would certainly make for a wider install base. What price would you realistically love to see the PS4 launch around?