A report in a Japanese newspaper may provide an early clue as to precisely how much we will be paying for the PlayStation 4 when (and if) it's released in 2013.
As reported by The Verge, the Asahi Shimbun is reporting that the PlayStation 4 is set for release in 2013 in both the US and Japan (no mention of Europe or Australia) and will cost 40,000 yen. At current exchange rates that is the equivalent of 414 Australian dollars — almost $600 less than the launch price for the PlayStation 3 in Australia.
For the sake of comparison, the PlayStation 3 launched in Japan at 60,000 yen so, if there's any weight to this report, it could be that Sony is looking to launch its new home console at a more affordable price.
But it's all very speculative at this point. The Asahi Shimbun is a major newspaper in Japan, so less prone to pull these figures from thin air. All signs point to a PlayStation 4 announcement on February 20, but at this point we can't be certain. Therefore all discussions of pricing should be taken with a pinch of proverbial salt.
That said — it would make sense for the PlayStation 4 to be a more affordable console, considering the initial difficulties Sony had shifting units with the PS3 and the Vita.
PlayStation 4 report suggests $400+ price [The Verge]