Jack Tretton on the PlayStation 4 Possibly Being $599 at Launch: “I Certainly Hope Not”

While Sony announced a ton of news about the PlayStation 4 yesterday – Gaikai functionality, games, the specs – there were still some questions left unanswered such as the price, release date and what the console actually looks like.

All Things D talked to Jack Tretton, President and CEO of SCEA, about whether the PlayStation 4 will be $599 at launch:

I certainly hope not. I think we’re very proud of what we delivered with the PlayStation 3 in terms of technology, and that we were able to enhance the features while still reducing the price to $249. But I think our goal with this is to debut at a more consumer-friendly price. But we haven’t made any final decisions about what the price will be at launch.

Though not a completely huge deal, the lack of a physical PlayStation 4 box was a bit disappointing yesterday during the meeting, something which Jack addressed:

I guess when I think about the console, you open it up, you look at it, you certainly look at it when you insert a disc, but for most people, it’s behind a cabinet or on a shelf somewhere and you spend all your time looking at the screen. And we wanted to show people the screen. There will be multiple opportunities to share the look of the console between now and the launch. We just didn’t choose this first event as the time to show it.

He then continued by explaining if the system is ready:

I mean, we’re certainly capable of showing playable game content, but we don’t have a mass-production box that we can bring out and pull out. That’s still in development in terms of final specs and design.

What do you hope the PlayStation 4’s launch price is? Let us know in the comments below.