Michael Pachter has provided a number of analysis pieces before within the game industry, including predicting that the PlayStation 5 could drop in just a couple years’ time. But his latest analysis is a bit more feasible, as it pertains to a possible price drop for both the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 4 Pro.
Pachter noted that the systems could see a $50 price drop in time for the holidays, and it will likely be permanent, unlike the previous $250 sale the company had on its PS4 Slim models. “I don’t think Microsoft is all that competitive,” he noted. “Xbox One S is priced the same as the PS4, and I don’t think they are competitive at all with the Xbox One X, currently priced at ($499, $100 more) than the PS4 Pro, and highly likely to be priced $150 more than the PS4 Pro by holiday.
“My guess is, Sony will cut the every day PS4 price to $249, and the PS4 Pro price to $349 this holiday, and Microsoft will be too expensive, so Sony will keep its price advantage this holiday.”
This isn’t the first time Pachter predicted a price drop for the system, as he previously noted that Sony intended to drop the price of the PS4 Slim to $199. It appears that he’s corrected that now, and sticking more with the $249/$349 figures instead.
This price drop would actually make sense, since Sony is currently trying to find a way to shuffle more PlayStation 4 Pro systems out the door, since developers and first-party game makers are both hard at work on making it the best hardware for their games. On top of that, when the PS4 Slim dropped temporarily to $249 earlier this year, it sold incredibly well for the company, especially the Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End bundles.
Sony hasn’t said a word, so this is just a report at best. But hopefully, Sony will find a way to get a price drop incorporated, and try to dominate the holiday season once again, selling even more than the 60 million PS4 units it’s already got in homes worldwide.