Sony must be encouraged. It's like a PS4 love-fest out there.
Developers, analysts, journalists and gamers everywhere are singing the praises of Sony's new console, saying its power and accessibility will lead to great new experiences right out of the gate. Many seem to like the new controller, the increased focus on social and digital trends, and the simple fact that the architecture won't prove so complicated for game makers.
The manufacturing rumors don't hint at a possible shortage; quite the opposite, in fact, as Sony could be preparing to flood the market with 16 million units worldwide this year, with production starting in August. Plus, you've got a bunch of games that are already confirmed for early on in the system's life span, which could translate to one hell of a holiday season. The release date has yet to be nailed down but provided it's October or November, that should go over just fine. So long as it's out in time for the holiday rush, most will be happy.
The key is the price. Is it possible that all these positive headlines will revert to skepticism and outright doom and gloom if the console turns out to be more expensive than anticipated? Many are saying that if there are two models and the upper model is over $500, consumers will balk at that. And if this is true, maybe all this hype is meaningless; it doesn't matter how great people think it is if they're not willing to pony up the cash when it arrives. Sony likely won't make the mistake of putting out a $600 machine again but still, if you factor in the cost of games, extra controllers, warranties, etc., even a base price of $400 could easily turn into $600.
But might the positive press help override a high price tag…? Or does the price override all?