At launch, most console makers don't actually make a profit on the system, instead selling it for a loss and making their money back on accessories and games. This generation may be the first that Sony turns a profit right from the beginning due to off-the-shelf hardware, but just how much is Sony making on each PS4 sold?
Sony Makes $18 on each PS4 sold
According to research firm IHS, it costs Sony $381 to make each PlayStation 4, which then sells for $399.99. Contrast this to the PS3 launch, where Sony paid around $800 to make each PS3, selling it for a substantial loss.
The majority of the cost of the PS4 comes in parts, with assembly making up the remaining difference.
With over one million PlayStation 4 units sold, Sony has already made quite a profit on the system! With Sony's hope to get three million PS4 units sold by the end of 2013, the PS4 may be the cash cow the company needs to out on top.
Article by - Joshua Phillips
Insert Date: 11/22/2013