The rumors started from a leak out of the model through the data base that keeps the certifications of all the electronic FCC devices in the United States. Then the rumors spread to the E3 and the gossip talks. Now it is finally confirmed.
Sony will provide to the markets a new PlayStation4 model with an integrated hard disk with a capacity of 1TB. This model will be named Ultimate Player edition, and it will have some extra slight but noticeable modifications, starting with the texture of the hard disk’s cover which will be matte instead of glossy like the previous normal edition. Of course the new edition will remain the same to the general design the all the dimensions. It will be released to the EU market on July 15th.
At this it is worth noting that according to Sony, this is not the internally renewed (lighter and the one that consumes less power) PS4 that was described in the leaked information from FCC. The edition we’re talking about is the existing one but with the addition of the new hard disk. The renewed, lighter model for now it will be directly released only to the Japanese markets (and with a 500 GB hard disk), with the American and the European markets awaiting for the release sometime towards the end of this year. As for the said edition with the 1 TB capacity, it will be at full disposal (at all the markets worldwide) after Christmas. That is of course, unless the stock units are sold with higher rates than those that the current version of PS4 is being sold right now.
Now given all the information above, there is one very interesting question, that the Japanese company has failed to answer so far. How much will this edition cost? And this question is interesting because if, the 1 TB edition costs more than the normal 500 GB edition then Sony holds its position about its payment policy. But, if the price of the new edition is the same with the normal one, then obviously, the 500 GB edition’s price will have to slightly fall which means that the consumers are going to get an informal but still very beneficial price reduction on the normal edition.
And the answer may have not been given by the company yet, but for all of you who would like an answer we can provide you with our own. We believe that as an answer to Microsoft’s new Xbox One 1 TB edition (which was announced before the E3), Sony’s PS4 1TB edition will cost as much as the normal edition does now, while a PS4 will be permanently established in the markets which will also be a renewed version and will come with an AAA title. That is how at least 4 or 5 special editions have been released so far, like the Destiny edition, the Drive Club, the GTA V and now the Batman Arkham Knight edition. That policy will allow Sony to make room for a normal edition PS4 on a lower price than the current one.
Of course that might be in the future as Sony continues to have the lead against Microsoft in the global markets of home entertainment, having sold 10 million units more than Microsoft! So the final price, and thus, the answer to our question, will be revealed in the middle of July. Until then, stay tuned to real all the news about this and many other hot topics!