Japanese newspaper Asahi has echoed rumors today that PlayStation 4 will launch in 2013, and has estimated that the system will cost over 40,000 yen.
“Yesterday (on February 6), it became clear that Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) will reveal it’s new game system, PlayStation 4, which will release within the year,” reads the paper. “This is the first new model since PS3 was released in 2006, and it’s expected that there will be a rush to meet year-end sales demands between Japan and America. The price is expected to exceed 40,000 yen.”
To iron out the yen to USD conversion: PlayStation 3’s cheapest model, the 20 gigabyte SKU, launched at $500 in North America. In Japan, it cost 49,980 yen, which converts to about $535. 40,000 yen converts to about $428. If we’re following PlayStation 3 launch pricing, it’s safe to say that by ‘greater than 40,000 yen,’ Asahi is saying ‘greater than $400’ for the overseas market.
PlayStation 4 is expected to be revealed on February 20 during PlayStation Meeting 2013 in New York City.
Thanks, Hachima Kikou.