The release date for PlayStation Neo — the souped-up version of PlayStation 4 – may be October 13, according to Entertainment.ie. If you’ve been paying attention to the calendar, you’ll notice that date comes very close to another big day for PlayStation fans.
Sony announced during E3 that PlayStation VR headset will hit the market on October 14. That’s the day after PlayStation Neo’s reported release date.
A product page for PlayStation Neo popped up on Amazon’s Spanish storefront over the weekend, but was quickly removed. The page had listed the new PlayStation console at 400 euros. That price would put PlayStation Neo at about $450 in U.S. dollars. Only time will tell if that price actually sticks.
The standard PlayStation 4 bundle is priced around $349 at Best Buy. It will be interesting to see if PlayStation Neo will cause a further price drop on PlayStation 4.
Will PlayStation 4 drop in price after Neo hits the market?
It’s an interesting question and one worth considering. Neo is designed to be the better console for PlayStation VR headset. Sony announced during E3 that PlayStation VR will be priced in the U.S. at $399. Shawn Layden, president and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, said during E3 that the 40 million PS4 consoles that have already been sold possess the hardware necessary to play VR games.
That’s great and all, but will people who don’t already own a PS4 have an incentive to buy one when there’s already a newer version of the console on the market? PlayStation 4 bundles are already priced at about $100 less than the anticipated price for PlayStation Neo, so it could stay at the same price point. But it wouldn’t be a surprise if there were some significant flash sales on either console toward the end of the year, especially during Black Friday and the run-up to Christmas.
Will the PlayStation Neo draw in more PlayStation Vue subscribers?
Many people will be focused only the VR games that will be rolling out alongside PlayStation Neo. But another real gem may be how well PlayStation Neo works with PlayStation Vue. When you take a broader look at what’s happening in the burgeoning market of live streaming TV, you will see why PlayStation Neo might by Sony’s ace in the hole.
Live streaming TV has been growing throughout the U.S. Sony has more than 100,000 subscribers to PlayStation Vue since it debuted in March 2015, according to Bloomberg.
A new study showed that 25 percent of U.S. homes don’t subscribe don’t subscribe to pay-TV service. GfK’s 2016 Ownership and Trend Report also found that:
TV households with a resident between 18 and 34 years old are much more likely to be opting for alternatives to cable and satellite; 22% of these homes are using broadcast-only reception (versus 17% of all US households), and 13% are only watching an Internet service on their TV sets (versus 6% of all TV homes). Overall, 38% of 18-to-34 households rely on some kind of alternative TV reception or video source, versus 25% of all homes.
In other words, the prime age demographic for people seeking TV alternatives and PlayStation Neo buyers is roughly the same. PlayStation Neo could end up being the all-in-one console that people dreamed about when Microsoft talked of creating an Xbox One console that would be a universal media device for gaming, and streaming.
Will PlayStation Neo have any surprises?
I would love to hear that PlayStation Neo has backward compatibility. It’s the one thing that gives Xbox One an edge that Sony doesn’t have. There are plenty of people (myself included) that still enjoying games on PlayStation 3. Nobody has really talked about whether PlayStation Neo will have a TV-style remote control for those wanting to use it for PlayStation Vue, but it wouldn’t surprise me if Sony has plans for a remote. Of course, you can already hook up a number of TV remotes to PlayStation 3 or PlayStation 4 for watching PlayStation Vue. Our quick guide shows you how to do that.
No official release date
It’s important to note that Sony has made no official announcement on a release date for PlayStation Neo. But we do know that PlayStation VR is expected to be released on Oct. 14, and Sony has about 50 games already designed for the new headset. It’s pretty certain that Sony will want to capitalize on dominating in sales in the run-up to Christmas. Either way, we will likely be hearing something official from Sony very soon.
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