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Sony Cuts Costs of PS4 Hardware Production, Price Drop Coming?

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20w ago - Today Sony has made available a [Register or Login to view links] revealing that they have already managed to cut the costs of PS4 hardware production which leaves PlayStation 4 fans curious if a price drop will be coming soon.

To quote: "The cuts have allowed Sony to revise its financial expectations, increasing its projected FY2015 operating income for its Games & Network Services division from 20bn yen to 25bn yen.

"Sales are expected to be higher than the May forecast primarily due to the strong performance of the PS4," Sony said in its latest earnings report. "Operating income is expected to be higher than the May forecast primarily due to PS4 hardware cost reductions."

The reduced costs suggest Sony could be better placed to cut the price of PS4 at an earlier point in its life-cycle - or continue to reap improved profits from ongoing sales.

PS4 sales stood at 7 million in April although Sony has failed to provide an update since. PS3 and PS4 sold a combined 3.4m units between April-June 2014, however, of which the vast majority are expected to be PS4."


 

Video: Sony Key Developers Talk Genesis of PlayStation Vita

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165w ago - Sony Director John Koller has made available a video today from PS Vita key hardware and software developers who discuss the genesis of PlayStation Vita.

To quote: Yesterday, we made the big announcement of PlayStation Vita's availability in the U.S. Starting on February 22, 2012, you'll be able to pick up PlayStation Vita and play the world around you!

A lot of hard work goes into creating such a powerful device. We wanted to you to hear first-hand about PS Vita's development process and the many minds behind the product. Check out the video for a look at the movers and shakers behind PS Vita and the types of experiences you can anticipate come February.

With the price and release date set, we'll have many more inside looks for you. We'll be updating you on new game launches and providing you with deeper looks at all things Vita over the next couple of weeks and months. Be sure to check back on the PlayStation.Blog for more information soon.





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ProgSkeet PS3 Hardware Flasher Project is Announced

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179w ago - Today PlayStation 3 developer uf6667 has [Register or Login to view links] news announcing a new PS3 hardware flasher project called ProgSkeet produced by Oscar Dalvit.

Currently the official site ProgSkeet.com doesn't offer any details beyond the ProgSkeet PS3 Install Diagrams and ProgSkeet Multi-Console Install Diagrams, however, he did provide some pictures (below, with high-res HERE) of the ProgSkeet device and the ProgSkeet Drivers, ProgSkeet Flasher Software and ProgSkeet Flasher Software Update followed by some more updates in THIS ongoing Forum thread.

Based on them, ProgSkeet appears to utilize an Actel A3P125 IC (datasheet [Register or Login to view links]) which is common...
 

Sony PlayStation Hints on New Hardware Revealed at E3 2010

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236w ago - The Electronic Entertainment Expo is set to begin this week, and according to Sony's [Register or Login to view links] site they are set to reveal new hardware at this year's conference.

Excluding the PlayStation Motion Controller, it is more likely a PSP2 may be revealed this year over the recently rumored PS4.

To quote: "According to the official Sony E3 site, Sony will showcase new hardware on Tuesday: E3 2010 is coming! Meet us here to see what awesome games and hardware is being revealed!

While some speculate a PSP2 announcement from Sony is a possibility, the best bet right now would be another revision of the current PSP hardware with a design more akin to that of the PSPGo or the hardware simply being the Move controller.

Sony is set to take stage at E3 in just over 2-days, so we'll know for certain then."
 

Sony Details PS3 and PSP Hardware Sales Data and Expectations

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240w ago - Sony revealed today that the PS3 has reached the expected sales of 13 million units for the 2009 fiscal year as part of their latest fiscal report.

As previously reported, with new and more efficient PS3 consoles shipping Sony has moved one step closer to hardware profitability.

The total of PlayStation 3 units sold so far (as of March, 2010) worldwide is now at 35.7 million since the system launched in late 2006.

Furthermore, Sony is forecasting another 15 million units sold by the end of the next fiscal year. In other words, they are expecting the PlayStation 3 to reach 50.7 million units in lifetime sales by March 31, 2010.

From Examiner.com, to quote: "You can view a breakdown of Playstation 3 hardware sales by fiscal year below:

2006 Fiscal Year (April 1, 2006 to March 31, 2007) - 3.5 million
2007 Fiscal Year (April 1, 2007 to March 31, 2008) - 9.1 million
2008 Fiscal Year (April 1, 2008 to March 31, 2009) - 10.1 million
2009 Fiscal Year (April 1, 2009 to March 31, 2010) - 13 million

In addition to the PlayStation 3, Sony also revealed sales for the PSP and PlayStation. Despite the launch of the PSP Go, the PSP fell...
 
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