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The PS4 Dev Team Were 'Dancing in The Aisles' After The Xbox One's Price Reveal

Posted by Kell Andersen

So were we

A lot has been said about the performance of the two major players at last year's E3. Regardless of your view, it's no secret that Sony's super system has been going gangbusters when it comes to numbers. And while it certainly wasn't the most crucial element, the PlayStation 4's significantly cheaper price tag can certainly take a lot of the credit for that.

Obviously gamers were excited that they wouldn't have to fork out extra cash, but what about Sony itself? Well, Scott Rohde — the firm's head of software product development — recently stated in an interview that he can vividly recall the Xbox One's price reveal. "I'm not going to lie. I remember exactly where I was," the executive said. "We were in press conference rehearsals last year. We had a feeling they were going to come in at $499, but we weren't sure".

What's more, the big-wig said that he and his team were pretty excited when they heard the news. “So yeah, we were dancing in the aisles and high-fiving. It was great," he continued. "Anyone that came in on an interview, it didn't matter what the question was, I could always just answer it with $399. It was the answer to every question."

Did the PS4's price tag factor into your purchase decision, or was it always going to come down to the software? Let us know in the comments section below.


User Comments (26)



Kohaku said:

The Xbox One is still not available here so I bought a PS4. But some weeks ago I got also an import Xbox One and I have them both now. The price was going down and that made that I bought it also now.
I have them because of the price and the software. Both console has and will get very nice games. No reason for me not to buy them both.



Paranoimia said:

Price want really an issue for me. Better games and a better company were the main things... more power, better price, no forced camera were just the icing on an already tasty cake.



Jcp83 said:

I was always going to get PS4, PlayStation had been my system of choice since '95.

Was super pleased tho cos I remember my launch day ps3, with games and pads cos me near on £700.

I found Ps4 launch a lot easier on my wallet!



Sir_JBizzle said:

Price didn't really factor in for me at all, except for budgeting. I was already going to get both consoles anyways. I actually ended up over budgeting. With the Kinect included, the XB1 ended up where I thought it would and because of the hot mess the PS3 launch was pricewise, I ended up saving 200 more than what I actually needed. So I was able to get a playstation camera and a couple extra games. Win-win.



Demi_God said:

nah, the PS4 pricetag was nice to have, but I know Sony and I like their exclusives much better as well as the developers in there. I mean, come on, The last of us, Uncharted, LBP, GT, and now Drive Club, plus more. I've always liked Sony, I liked the PS3, but not nearly as much as the PS2, but I like the PS4 just as much as the PS2. kind of weird but yeah.



daveh30 said:

I always buy Nintendo and Sony systems. I would never buy a MS product over Nintendo, and MS would have to undercut Sony HUGE to make me ever consider Xbox over PS. The price was never really going to be a deciding factor for me.



Crimson_Ridley said:

The price was never a factor, as all consoles will drop in price over time, so that should never influence anyone's decision. The things that made my mind up to move from primarily playing Xbox to Playstation was the games, the power, the controller and the look.

I'm a big fan of Playstation's interfaces, especially as Microsoft's keep getting worse. I loved the 360 controller but found the Xbox One controller to be "strange" in my hand. Even with the extra 10% GPU the Xbox One has gained from removing the Kinect, it still pales in comparison to the power of the PS4, and back in 2013, the PS4 was leagues ahead. Finally, while I love Halo, Crackdown, Alan Wake, and I'm very excited to play Sunset Overdrive, Forza Horizon 2 and Quantum Break, I've learned from last generation that Playstation is the place to be for great JRPG's and incredible cinematic gaming experiences like Uncharted and The Last of Us.

Unless something goes horribly wrong and Namco starts releasing the Tales games exclusively on Xbox One, I'm happy where I am. I will be picking up an Xbox One for those exclusives mentioned, as I pick up every console, but I like to have a main console to play.



ToddlerNaruto said:

The price will never be a factor. I plan on owning both a PS4 and XB1 eventually though. PS4 first ofc, hopefully in 2017 if everything goes to plan, and also assuming I still don't have a job or social security by then.



ztpayne7 said:

The E3 price reveal didn't change the fact that I wanted to get a PS4 - but it significantly changed my time table. With the Wii U not putting out anything I was interested in, I sold it and got the PS4 at launch. I have since found a great deal and got another Wii U. The games are a little low right now in quantity, but infamous was worth it to me - not the purchase of the whole system, but the fact that Sony has proven to me that they can bring good experiences with time.



Jaz007 said:

That's hilarious. Well, at least someone was cheering when MS announced the Xbox One's price.



hYdeks said:

it was at first, but that quickly left when sony raised the price from $399 to $450 in Canada So I basicly had a choice of buying a Xbox One with Kinect and Titanfall for $499, or just PS4 for $450, and now with the cheaper kinect-less Xbox One system at $399, the PS4 isnt exactly anymore appealing

I dont have a next gen console yet, Im still deciding, but its so far between me getting the kinect-less Xbox One ($399) or the White PS4 Destiny bundle coming out in September ($499, but it comes with Playstation Plus and Destiny ) I gotta be honest, even though I was hard at Sonys E3 presentation this year, deciding between a Xbox One and PS4 is probably the toughest console decision Ive ever had.



Crimson_Ridley said:

@hydeks Then don't look at it from the perspective that you are; looking at the prices between the two. Which console has games on it right now that you want to play? Which will have games in the near future that you want to play? Do you play a lot of multiplayer, and if so, what are your friends playing on? If you prefer the non-gaming features of a console (why anyone would, I don't know, but I digress), which console is more appealing in that regard?

Don't even pay attention the price because that little extra you may or may not spend is negligible at the end of the day, as if you're going to love the console for many years, you'll get your money's worth.



Gamer83 said:

My plan from the beginning has been to own both so the $100 difference was a big deciding factor and that I prefer single player games like inFamous over multiplayer only like Titanfall and, for now at least, PS4 is the only place to get a good baseball game.



sinalefa said:

That was at launch. Now both are priced the same, so games will do the talking. Right now the scales are tipped on MS' favor for me. But I want both systems to get more games before taking the plunge with any of them.



JaxonH said:

I can understand Sony "dancing in the aisles"> that's their market competition.

But the tagline "so were we" (and comments reflecting joy from negative MS news), what's with that? Why would any gamer be happy about a higher price tag on gaming device of any kind? Yeah, I like Sony, but that doesn't mean I want them to monopolize the industry. As a consumer, I'm interested in other consoles. I'm interested in games, regardless of console. Being excited for a higher price tag? Senseless.e

I was least excited for the X1, probably due to never having owned a MS console before, but in the end I bought all 3. And while I don't have any games for X1 as of yet (besides Killer Instinct), there's a pretty sizeable chunk of exclusives on the way. I'm actually really glad I bought one now, especially at the lower price. It was harder to justify than the PS4, seeing as my PS4 is for all my multiplat gaming and there's always tons of multiplats. X1 had to sell me on exclusives alone.



THEundying27 said:

X1 turned me off when the "deal with it" fiasco began. Then all those screwed up policies came around and I pretty much just said forget it. Staying far away until ms gets their cap straightened out.



thedevilsjester said:

Price was never a factor, its about the company behind the system and the controller. I don't think I would game on a console at all if I had to use an asymmetrical controller like the Xbox has. Its a deal breaker for me.

*Its also about FFXIV, which will never come out on a Microsoft console, and was the reason I bought the PS4.



Jcp83 said:


I don't think that PS team 'were dancing in the aisle' because the price will allow Sony to monopolize the industry.

Seeing as this is a PlayStation forum it's not too much to assume that The ps4 is the machine of choice for the PS staff, hence, their joy at the cheeper price.



JaxonH said:

@Jcp83 Didn't say they were. I said I, as in me, don't want them to monopolize anything.

I have no problem with fans being happy about paying less, but that's not what we're talking about here, is it. We're talking about fans being happy that anyone who games on Xbox will be paying more. Smiling at the misfortune of others. Being EXCITED that a gaming console others play costs MORE That has nothing to do with the PS4. The PS4 costs what it costs. So why would anyone be happy to the point of dancing that the Xbox costs $500? That's' called being a fanboy.

When you stop caring about gaming and only care about your brand "one-upping" the other, it might be time to take a step back and reevaluate. Of course we all wanted to see a good price on PS4, but the cost of X1 has nothing to do with it. That's confusing a desire to pay less with a desire to see your favored brand one-up the other guy, even if it ends up costing gamers more money. See what I'm saying? The price of X1 has no bearing on Sony fans and gamers. Be excited for the solid price of your own future console, don't smirk and rejoice at the high price of others'



a98pmalcolm said:

I went for the better console. More power, better looks and better controller. Ontop of that xbox were all over the place changing the policies before release. If they truely believed in what they anounced they would have stuck with it.I would have bought the Ps4 even if it were more expensive.



7yL3r8 said:

I've always been a Nintendo guy but got caught up in the hype and bought a ps4. It was my first Sony system and I've since bought a ps3 to catch up on all the franchises I missed by only owning Nintendo systems.

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