PlayStation 4 hardware will make a loss at launch, but Sony expects to immediately recoup the costs when a typical user also buys a PlayStation Plus subscription and games.
Sony Japan executive Masayasu Ito made the comment to Eurogamer today in an interview at the company’s Tokyo headquarters.
Eurogamer has heard from well-placed sources that Sony expects to make an approximate $60 loss per $399 unit sold. When presented with the figure, Ito denied it – but only because the company expects a typical user to buy a console with these other items.
The computer game “Grand Theft Auto V” has become the fastest-selling entertainment product of all time.
The latest edition of the video game – which costs around £42 – has sold more than £624 million ($1 billion) worth of copies in just three days.
In a statement, Take-Two Interactive Software, said: “‘Grand Theft Auto V,’ the critically acclaimed latest release from the iconic interactive entertainment series, has achieved worldwide retail sales of more than one billion dollars during its first three days on sale, according to company estimates.
“We believe this marks the fastest that any entertainment property, including video games and feature films, has reached this significant milestone.”
This almost seems too out-there to be true, but Lucasfilm have been explaining how they see the future of cinema and it looks a lot more like video games than anything else.
According to a report in The Inquirer, Lucasfilm held a presentation for BAFTA in the UK this week where they proposed a new paradigm in which feature film production stops at production, with no need for editing or sound mixing or any other post processes.
It’s also worth noting that, going completely against previous information, The Inquirer say that “1313″ is still being developed. That’s one heck of a surprise – though not, of course, as much of a surprise as learning exactly what the game really entails.