We may only be a couple weeks from the official unveiling of Sony's PlayStation 4, and new rumors are hinting that the next-gen console will be much more affordable than its predecessor. The difference could be well over $100.
According to Japanese daily Asahi Shimbun, the PlayStation 4 will be launching later this year with a starting price of ¥40,000 or $428, in USD. Again, this is a pretty big "maybe," but the price isn't too difficult to believe if we assume Sony learned their lesson with the PlayStation 3. Remember that moment you heard Kaz Hirai say "$599" and the air left your lungs?
That would be ¥60,000 for the PS3. Now if the PS4 price holds true, a $400 price tag for North America wouldn't be too much of a stretch.
In addition to price, the report also points to a 2013 launch for the new hardware, at least for Japan and the United States. No mention of Europe was made, which could mean a 2014 launch across the Atlantic.
One other major tidbit comes from Nikkei, whose report claims the PS4 will utilize Gaikai cloud technology. That's actually not too difficult to believe, as Sony purchased the service last year for $380 million.
The PS4 controller will also retain "roughly the same shape" as the current one, with the addition of a touchpad. We'll likely know for sure come February 20, when Sony holds their big New York conference.