Timeliness and price. Those are two key factors Sony has taken into account with the PlayStation 4, something the company may have overlooked with the PS3. Speaking to CNN Money, SCEA president and CEO Jack Tretton expressed his belief that Sony is in a "much better position" with the launch of the PS4 compared to the PS3. A few changes should allow Sony to be more competitive at launch with its biggest rival, Microsoft and the Xbox One.
"There are a couple of key factors: We came to market later than what proved to be a formidable competitor in the Xbox 360 -- that won't happen this time around," Tretton assured. The Xbox One will be released in 21 countries this November, while Sony has maintained the PS4 will be available sometime this "holiday season." No specific month has been revealed, though a November launch -- or late October, at the very earliest -- is expected.
"We came to market at $599 -- that's obviously not going to happen this time around," he added. While the PlayStation 3's price was considerably higher than the Xbox 360, Sony has taken a different approach this time around. The PS4 will retail for $399, which is $100 cheaper than the Xbox One.