During the latest earnings call, Sony has shared multiple exciting information, most of them involving PlayStation Now, which is getting bigger and bigger in terms of subscriptions. Also, about PlayStation 4, which has managed to become the second best-selling home consoles ever only lagging behind PS2.
Chief financial officer Hiroki Totoki has also revealed a few quotes about PlayStation 5, explaining that it’s the “most important step in developing the PlayStation platform.” Of course, we get the importance of this release, considering it comes after a huge commercial success with PS4, something that usually comes before a disappointing launch (look at PS3).
As for the proper video games, Totoki has added – via Twinfinite, “We anticipate providing highly-engaging gameplay experiences that both current users of PS4 and potential new users have come to expect,” which means we can expect Sony to go for a similar lineup in comparison with PS4.
That’s a good move if you consider that, as I said, after a huge commercial success, it usually happens that platform owners go for different experiences (look at PS3 against PS2, or Xbox One against Xbox 360) and that happens to turn into a flop.
As for the cost of the console, we also hear that Sony is looking for “analyzing the cost, the acceptable price in the market, and platform penetration,” which is perhaps a hint about the platform owner trying and understanding what the feeling about pricing in the common marketplace is.
The company is also “very conscious of the level of profit for investors and for the marketplace,” so it’ll make sure that no one will be disappointed about the price, not the final customers but not even the investors who want the platform to offer revenues since day one.
This could lead to something different from the $399 we’ve been used to with PlayStation 4; perhaps as rumored, we could go into $499, which has become a quite generally accepted price tag as shown by the success of Xbox One X.
With so high specced platforms it’s almost a given that you might need to go for a higher price tag at launch, since PS5 and Project Scarlett are expected to be much more powerful than PS4 and Xbox One back in 2013. Still, it remains to be seen how the general public will react to that and if Microsoft or Sony try and deliver some shocking news to have a strategic advantage in 2020.