PS4 initial costing analysis [Updated]

#1
Revised analysis.

APU (CPU/GPU) - 65-80
8GB GDDR5 - 80-105
OS Chip (supposedly ARM based) - 10-18
Video encode/decode chip - 0 (included in OS chip, we figure)
Blu-ray drive - 25-35
Hard drive - 30-35
I/O - 9-12
Wireless chip + antenna - 4
HDMI+HDCP - 11-15
Other - 10-30
DS4 - 20-29
Mono headset - 3
Cabling/misc - 3

Total parts/silicon - 272-364

Other costs:

Internal PSU - 27-40
Cooling - 33-50
Assembly - 15-20

Total estimated system cost (no shipping and packaging) - 390-430 (Does not include PS Camera since it is not bundled)

Accessories:

PS4 Eye -12-20

All figures in USD.

Please, please, please remember that this is based on the specification only and cost prices that we know, without a PS4 in the hand there will be mistakes.



Old figures below

So a couple of us at the bank have done a costing analysis this morning. I won't be able to give exact figures, as if we ever decide to release them publicly it will definitely blow my cover.

All figures in USD.

APU (CPU/GPU) - 85-90
8GB GDDR5 - 110-140
OS Chip (supposedly ARM based) - 12-18
Video encode/decode chip - 8-12
Blu-ray drive - 18-25
Hard drive - 38-50
I/O - 9-12
Wireless chip + antenna - 4
HDMI+HDCP - 11-15
Other - 25-35

Total - 320-401

Accessories:

DS4 - 18-30
PS4 Eye -$12-20
Mono headset - 3
Cabling/misc - 3

Unknown/Alpha:

Internal PSU - 25-55
Cooling - 20-38
Assembly - 13 (Based on being made in China, for made in Japan, make that ~ $45)

Total estimated system cost (no shipping and packaging) - $450-490

These figures are preliminary, and do not include assembly costs, power costs, cooling or shipping as the final design has not been shown and can't be estimated at this time.

Please, please, please remember that this is based on the specification only and cost prices that we know, without a PS4 in the hand there will be mistakes.
 
#7
Well the picture you painted screams $400 as the entry price. And I would be very pleased with that if it is the case. They can release a premium model for $500 with PS Eye, PS+ trial, bigger HDD, and other junk for all I care. As long as the cheaper model is $400 to begin with.
 
#9
Basically, it depends on how much Sony is prepared to lose per console. $400 is possible, but I think $500 is more likely. I wouldn't be too surprised if you underestimated the cost of the CPU/GPU combo, if the rumours that it's based on Radeon 7700+ are true.
 

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#12
The PSEye seems standard for every SKU to me, since it works with the light on DS4. And all the other costs are ignored since...we can't calculate them as well as components costs. I still go with 449.99 $ as lowest price possible (and IMHO, the actual entry price).
 
#16
Are those B2B prices or end-consumer list prices?
B2B prices. Since when can the consumer buy GDDR5 chips?

Well the picture you painted is screams $400 as the entry price. And I would be very pleased with that if it is the case. They can release a premium model for $500 with PS Eye, PS+ trial, bigger HDD, and other junk for all I care. As long as the cheaper model is $400 to begin with.
They would lose money at $399 because the figures don't include assembly, shipping, cooling and power which can add a significant amount to the final cost.

The big cost is not the parts but R&D.
R&D costs are said to be much lower this time, and anyway, that cost is already sunk, there is no getting it back and amazingly SCE was profitable throughout the timeframe that PS4 was being developed.
 
#21
So, assuming Sony are willing to make a loss on each, the PS4 could possibly be surprisingly cheap?
To this amount, you have to add R&D, marketing, boxing, all this stuff. The costs are however reduced due to the amount.
They probably add a monthly fee system for the social features, which will reduce the cost.

I am not sure, but at launch the vita was evaluated around 170, and they sold it at a loss at 250. They tried to make money on memory card, which was not very smart in the way it was done.

The PS4 will not be cheap. I see it as a gamble, they go all-in. Either they sell cheap or they take a significant loss. Again. In my opinion, they're trying to kill the bee with the bazooka.
Graphics look pretty though.
 
#23
So a couple of us at the bank have done a costing analysis this morning. I won't be able to give exact figures, as if we ever decide to release them publicly it will definitely blow my cover.

All figures in USD.

Total - 320-401

These figures are preliminary, and do not include assembly costs, power costs, cooling or shipping as the final design has not been shown and can't be estimated at this time.

Please, please, please remember that this is based on the specification only and cost prices that we know, without a PS4 in the hand there will be mistakes.
Investment bank or something? Anyway, I kinda agree with your estimate, those RAM can't be cheap.
 
#24
If the $529 upper SKU price is real, that would mean with an extra controller @ $50, a game @ $60, and if I buy local with an 8% sales tax (Georgia state sales tax plus city/county sales tax), I would pay around $690 out the door. $640 on Amazon.
 

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#25
$450 to $480 I think. Maybe a $530 sku with Move Controller, 3 month Gakai/Playstation World trial, and a game packed in.
 
#29
So a couple of us at the bank have done a costing analysis this morning. I won't be able to give exact figures, as if we ever decide to release them publicly it will definitely blow my cover.

All figures in USD.

APU (CPU/GPU) - 85-90
8GB GDDR5 - 110-140
OS Chip (supposedly ARM based) - 12-18
Video encode/decode chip - 8-12
Blu-ray drive - 18-25
Hard drive - 38-50
I/O - 9-12
Wireless chip + antenna - 4
HDMI+HDCP - 11-15
Other - 25-35

Total - 320-401

These figures are preliminary, and do not include assembly costs, power costs, cooling or shipping as the final design has not been shown and can't be estimated at this time.

Please, please, please remember that this is based on the specification only and cost prices that we know, without a PS4 in the hand there will be mistakes.
without PSU, assembly, cooling? Probably another $80 missed? I am thinking they might have been able to reduce GDDR5 costs somehow.

Do we have PS3 latest costs? We have 2009 ones, not anything later than that.
 
#31
Ouch, so it's actually even more expensive than I first thought. I hope Sony is ready to take a hit in the beginning and still launch this for 399. Anything more and I'm out.
 
#33
Interesting. Still kinda amazing to me that they decided to put so much fast RAM in there. big cost driver.

I've been flip flopping in my head about whether a base model will cost 400 or 450.

I figure they'll have a higher end model at 500 (say, bigger HDD and camera) so that they have at least one box on shelves that won't lose them quite so much cash

if I had to bet, I'd say two models at $400 and $500. I think they'll be aggressive on base model pricing.
 
#35
If accurate then I'm guessing $399 assuming Sony happy to launch at cost or slight loss to keep price down until production cost reductions kick in and focus on usual SW/services (and PSN Plus) to bring in profit initially.

Could be more depending on HDD option (or options) if Sony want to offer multiple HDD skus (if I was them I wouldn't personally - I'd just offer one sku and allow people to swap the HDD if they want a'la the PS3 at their own additional cost - HDD could be 320 or say 500GB).
 
#39
People sometimes overestimate the cost of assembly and shipping. The labor required to make an ipad is around $10. you can probably stuff 10k consoles in a 40' container, which would cost $5k USD to ship from factory to South Lousiana or Houston ports. So 50 cents per console.

Cooling + powersupple could also be pretty low cost, although I have no clue what the TDP effect of 8GB of gddr5 is.

edit: and they had to put 8GB of ram in, or MS would win the marketing battle. Money well spent imo.
 
#40
R&D + shipment + marketing.
Yeah I can see $399 if Sony is willing to sell this at a loss for some time.
Otherwise $449 is still fine if the games are worth it.
 
#44
And that doesn't include a controller, which doesn't look cheap to me.
It's got a light, a touch pad and a 3.5mm jack. These aren't going push the price up that much.

Also to remember about the RAM, they are potentially going to be ordering more of it than any one company ever has in history. Who knows how far that will bring costs down.
 
#48
So, assuming Sony are willing to make a loss on each, the PS4 could possibly be surprisingly cheap?
they were losing money when the PS3 system launched at $500 and $600 per unit, almost all consoles lose money per unit at first. With all the specs and cloud gaikai bullsh*t all I kept hearing in my head was $599 minimum. Sony may have changed some of their errors with the PS4, price is not going to be one of them me thinks.
 
#49
Sony aren't in a position to eat a big loss, yeah some but not much, my crystal ball smells five hundred and ninety nine dollars, though again with a 499 SKU though this time they'll probably focus on the lower priced one