By now we know that the claims, as bold as they were, were true – the NGP is as powerful as the PS3. With such power and beefy specs normally comes a price tag to match. Unfortunately, the price wasn’t announced during last night’s PlayStation Meeting, and Sony is coy on the subject.
Like the PS3 at launch, Sony will likely take a loss on every NGP sold, that is if they want to keep the price competitive and affordable, something that Sony VP of Worldwide Studios, Shuhei Yoshida says the company has been concerned about since 2008 when the project first began:
From the very beginning of the project — since 2008 — pricing was one of the considerations that we had. Hopefully when we announce the price, people will see the proper value.
Yoshida then joked of the PS3’s original launch price, which may have been the most difficult obstacle the PS3 faced in its lifecycle.
It’s not going to be $599.
Phew! Though, being the PlayStation fanatic I am, and as smitten as I am with the new NGP, I’d still have willingly forked over that exorbitant price to get my hands on the device. Although, I’m not your average consumer – I’m a bit looney.
Price is likely going to be a major topic regarding the NGP in the coming months, and we don’t expect to hear price details until E3.