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Tretton On PS4: Ultimately, Gamers Look At The Overall Value

Price is always crucial.

Before the price points for the next-generation consoles were announced, it was widely assumed that both the new PlayStation and Xbox would cost about the same.

But as it turns out, the PlayStation 4 ($399) is a full $100 cheaper than the Xbox One ($499). And in a new Bloomberg interview, SCEA CEO Jack Tretton said this advantage is a positive thing, but that doesn't necessarily translate to success.

"I think ultimately, the gamer looks at ten-year product lifecycles; they look at the software offerings; they look at the value proposition. And the lowest priced system isn't always the most successful, but being cheaper than your competition is never a bad thing."

He did add that currently, all the pieces are in place for the PS4 to have a very successful launch this holiday season. It was confirmed at Gamescom that the new system would release in North America on November 15 and in Europe on November 29. Now that Sony has laid the groundwork, it's simply a matter of building on the solid start:

"I feel like we've got the gamer on our side; I feel like we've got the development community on our side; and now we've got execute."

Tretton continued to stress value in the interview, and Sony has spoken about catering to the gamer first and foremost when the new console arrives. PlayStation fans have often said that Sony puts the gamer first and in many cases, that tends to be true. As for the competition, though, it will be stiff because Microsoft has owned the US for the past six or seven years.

Tags: ps4, playstation 4, sony, next generation, next gen consoles

8/22/2013 10:16:17 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (17 posts)

WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, August 22, 2013 @ 10:48:52 PM
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I agree with those statements, and as Ben has said in the past MS tipped their hand with all that crazy stuff. But I'm starting to wonder if there's still time for them to do another U-turn and get a certain number of Kinect-less systems out there for $400 now that it isn't required. Even if it's just to win over the press and give fans some parity to brag about.

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daus26
Friday, August 23, 2013 @ 1:27:39 AM

Microsoft has stated that the Xbox One will always be bundled with the Kinect because they said they weren't separate "systems" or something like that.

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frylock25
Friday, August 23, 2013 @ 4:13:05 AM

does the xbox one controller still need batteries?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, August 23, 2013 @ 10:18:26 AM

They've said a lot of things that they reversed course on. I have no idea if the controller uses batteries, that would be a dumb move though.

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BattleFox21
Saturday, August 24, 2013 @ 8:32:20 AM

Yes it still uses batteries and for the rechargable battery packs it costs $75 (not including the controller)

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Akuma07
Sunday, August 25, 2013 @ 7:43:43 PM

I was going to say the thing about how Microsoft recently said that the Kinect and Xbox One are one in the same. THEY are the Xbox One.

Buuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuut

As World said, Microsoft have said a lot of definite things which turned out to be a lie.

"It's not possible to remove the DRM features from the console".....weeks later, announces they are removing it.

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Masszt3r
Sunday, August 25, 2013 @ 8:09:43 PM

I doubt MS would sell a standalone Xbox One. They have spent too much in developing the Kinect and if they did sell the console without it, I'm sure they know that a lot (and I mean a lot) of people would not buy it.

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daus26
Friday, August 23, 2013 @ 1:35:16 AM
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If gamers are looking into value, it's so clear that Sony is the way to go. I mean aside from the $100 difference on the console, look at the value of PS Plus vs. Xbox Live. Look at what you're getting free on the PS4 versus the Xbox One, such as the use of Netflix, Gameplay Recording, and cross chat. Recently they've announced that Killzone will get free Map DLCs as indication that Sony as a company is willing to sacrifice for the gamers value... probably something Microsoft or Activision will never do. Sony as a company, imo has always been the epitome of value for gamers.

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___________
Friday, August 23, 2013 @ 7:12:29 AM
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huh, stressing value, the company who is NOT giving you their camera, or a game, included with your 550 dollar console!
oh the irony, the irony of it all!
and only 50 bucks cheaper than the xbox one.
by that logic it should be at least 188 bucks cheaper considering the camera is 88 and games are 100!
what can i say, besides only $ony.........



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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, August 23, 2013 @ 10:19:40 AM

Blame whatever weirdo country you live in.

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___________
Friday, August 23, 2013 @ 11:17:02 AM

what does the country have to do with the pricing?
manufactures set pricing not government bodies and importing taxes and the like.
not to mention gotta love how ps4 is 100 bucks cheaper in the US, but here its only 50.
so where did that other 50 go $ony?
you have to pay higher import taxes and such than M$ do you?

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BattleFox21
Saturday, August 24, 2013 @ 8:57:42 AM
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Your not getting the Kinect for free, its included with the price($100 extra). At least with PS4 it's an option and it comes at $60 extra. Compare that to kinects price tag it would still be cheaper. Man, your such a winer. The reason for the difference in price is because of exchange rates country to country not to mention if they have import and export tax rates. Sony sold at loss for WAY too long last generation and they don't intend on it happening again. Sometimes, it aggravates me how people can't see beyond themselves. And they say us Americans have these issues, but honestly when was the last time we all took a long look in the mirror. Wake up people why all the hate over something so trivial. Crap happens learn to live with it heck no else has a choice in the matter if u think about it, we all put up with some form of crap in our lives and without better reasons at that. It's all about Sony doing what they feel is right for us as well as for themselves and that's an EXTREMELY rare quality now days in companies and getting rarer day by day. We should be counting our blessings not looking for pitch forks everytime we have an excuse to get mad (or feel we do)

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Lunar_Miyuki
Sunday, August 25, 2013 @ 2:59:38 PM
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see different countries price things differently NA its 60$ a new game
Austrailia its 100 to 120 Dollars a new game
Brazil is similar to australia
i think JP its like 8000 yen a new game which is = to 80 Dollars

also game systems are no different the prices vary depending on the country

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ricksterj
Sunday, August 25, 2013 @ 4:45:17 PM
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For how much $$$$ invested in buying the console and MORE importantly the game library down the line (buying on release or later, used or new shouldn't this be obvious?

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Ather
Sunday, August 25, 2013 @ 4:45:19 PM
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Sony has the value. Let's assume the usual 5 years before a new system comes out (ignoring use after the new system arrives). Sony: $400 system + $250 for 5 yrs of Plus = $650. Microsoft: $500 system + $300 5 years of Gold = $800. Sony is $150 cheaper.

Now, what do you get with Plus/Gold? Sony: 9 games per month (assuming 9 Vita games each month). 540 Games MS: 2 games a month. 288 games. Sony & MS: Multiplayer. MS: basically every new X1 feature, plus Youtube, Netflix, Hulu, etc access.

If you drop Plus/Gold? Sony: Lose all them games & Multiplayer. MS: Lose all them games, multiplayer, online TV/Movie services, and basically every new feature of X1.

Now, for $200 more, you get a Vita. Yes, $50 more spent from the savings of PS4 vs X1, but you get 9 games a month. Plus, that lasts all 5 years. Another 540 games. So with a Vita, it's $850, but you get 1080 games. (Yes, not everyone will d/l them all, or have room, but we're talking overall.)

Vita or no, you get more bang for your buck with Sony. More value, less price, more free game options. Plus, if you drop the services, you lose so much more with MS than Sony. Sony brings the value. The only way MS gets more value is if buyers don't go for Plus/Gold, and have no desire to sue the X1 new features. Then it's up to the games to decide it, and that can go either way. Plus, usually XBOX360 games are a bit cheaper than PS3 games (well on Amazon). That could sway people who shell out $100 more, but save that much over time on games. The value also changes if people think $60 a year to access all the new X1 features is worth it. But I doubt many will.

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Lunar_Miyuki
Sunday, August 25, 2013 @ 8:30:02 PM
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also lets add in the fact that + isn't required to access the PSN store and you need Live to access any Online feature on Xbox systems

so lets say i want to DL free DLC Sony systems i can do that with M$ i cant unless im paying for Live actually without Live i cant download games or DLC because i can't access their Store

and you know theirs those people who don't need online play but don't Mind DLC
^_^

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PlatformGamerNZ
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 @ 12:33:21 AM
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yeah all very valid points and yes i think sony has always done better on value.

happy gaming =)

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