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How Much Does The PlayStation 4 Cost and other Frequently Asked PS4 Questions

Updated on April 27, 2013

It's been a long time coming: The PlayStation 4. After an almost eight year console cycle, the next generation of home video game systems are finally on their way. The PS4 is a a major step forward in how users will interact with games and is sure to confuse a few people, especially casual gamers who don't follow the industry very closely.

If you're one of the many who have some questions about the PlayStation 4, don't worry! This PS4 FAQ will answer all of your important questions like "How much does the PS4 cost?" or "Is the PlayStation 4 backwards compatible?"

Read on and if you have any questions not answered by this PlayStation 4 FAQ, leave a message in the comments and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.

How much does the PS4 cost?

There has been a lot of speculation about the PlayStation 4's price. Although Sony hasn't given an exact price for the PS4 yet, there have been some hints that make it pretty easy to set a narrow range. Let's figure out how much the PS4 will cost together!

The PlayStation 3 was originally sold at just under $600, causing some serious outrage. Sony has already confirmed that they will not be offering the PS4 at such a high price. We also know that the PS4 will have multiple models. At the very least, expect a baseline PS3 model as well as a premium model.

There are some very expensive components in the PS4. 8GB of DDR5 RAM, a motion sensor, and a PC-style CPU and video card don't come cheap. A good estimate is that the PS4 will cost between $450 and $550, with the premium model clocking in about $99 more than the baseline.

All of this, of course, depends on what Microsoft does. Sony is likely to hold out on announcing a price until the next Xbox console is revealed and has firmed up it's own pricepoint.

PlayStation 4 Pre-Sale

The PS4 is currently on a watch list at Amazon.com. Sometimes when there is a pre-sale for a popular title that has not yet received an MSRP, Amazon will over-price the preorder. While Amazon might list an item at, say, $1000 the item will NOT be sold at this price.

Can I use the Vita with the PlayStation 4?

Yes, you can use the Vita with the PlayStation 4! In fact, the Vita will be able to play all PlayStation 4 games! As long as the PS4 is on and the Vita is within wireless range, you can stream any PS4 game to your handheld Vita console.

What does that mean? That means you can go in another room and play your latest, state of the art PS4 games on the Vita while someone watches television in the room with the console. It means that one person can use another video game console without interrupting your game. It means that the Vita can act as a secondary PlayStation 4 controller. It's a big deal!

Get a PlayStation Vita to interact with the PS4

Is the PlayStation 4 Backwards Compatible?

Sony has let it slip that PlayStation 3 discs will not work with the PS4. They have insinuated that does not necessarily mean your PS3 games are gone for good, though. There has been talk about the PlayStation Cloud and their new streaming system could help bridge the gap.

The hope is that it won't require anyone to purchase their old PS3 games for a second time, but there's no confirmation at the moment.

What are the tech specs of the PS4?

Here are the technical specifications of the PlayStation 4:

  • 8 GB of DDR5 RAM

  • AMD 8 Core X86-64 CPU

  • AMD-based GPU, capable of processing 1.8 terraflops. That's 1.8 million operations per second!

  • There are likely to be multiple hard drive sizes, but expect both to be quite large. The largest will probably be close to a Terabyte.

Will you be buying a PS4?

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Got any questions or comments about the PS4? Leave a note below to let us know what you think and if you have any questions that need to be answered!

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    • takkhisa profile image

      Takkhis 

      5 years ago

      I don't have PlayStation 4 but i would like to get one soon :)

    • audrey07 profile image

      audrey07 

      5 years ago

      Right now, we have a PS3 and a lot of games to go with it. We are really wondering what will happen to those games if we buy a PS4. Will just have to wait and see at this stage.

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      WhiteRoses1 

      5 years ago

      Just today I have watched on you tube ps4 presentation and it looks really good. We'll see!

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