According to Famitsu, 89 percent of its readers believe that the Xbox One, at $499, is priced “high” or a “little high” while 60 percent said that the PS4’s pricing was just right. Also, 34 percent stated that the PS4’s pricing was actually quite low.
SMBC Nikko Securities analyst Eiji Maeda spoke to Famitsu regarding the PS4’s price announcement, and how Sony managed to steal the show. “A lot of people were paying attention to SCE, something you could really feel on the show floor as well. The PS4’s price announcement at the conference was probably the most energized moment of the show.
“Talking to people on the floor, a lot of people felt that between the system’s capabilities and its lack of used-game restrictions, SCE is the one company looking towards gamers the most. Microsoft generated a lot of attention at the show as well, but especially with the price difference between Xbox One and PS4, the reaction in Japan hasn’t been all that big.”
Currently, the PS4 will be launching in Japan by year end while the Xbox One is set to release in early 2014, with Japan being designated as a “tier 2 country”. The Xbox One is expected to release all over Asia by late 2014.