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They SHOULD announce a ps4 cut to $199 when they announce PS5 price. They keep holding out for a little more profit when they should have cut it to $199 in 2018 to get that install base. With BC that will sell the next gen too and long term profit



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Robert_Downey_Jr. said:
They SHOULD announce a ps4 cut to $199 when they announce PS5 price. They keep holding out for a little more profit when they should have cut it to $199 in 2018 to get that install base. With BC that will sell the next gen too and long term profit

probably not? they are low on stock already, and as many people have stated, manufacturing prices are reletivly constant on a chip by chip basis. the news here is that ps4 is LOW ON STOCK globally and they arn't going to make more due to the imminent ps5, and they are possibly holding onto stock in the meantime for this holiday. same deal with the switch, exept in their case they are making as much as they could without upping the price, as getting new fabs is more expensive, espeically right now. so the price stays.

lets take a look in japan. in japan, the ps4 sold less this past week then the 3ds... this is clearly showing not only is it not selling much anyway, but that sony's trimming down on supply in general to meet sales numbers instead of a price cut. casue that makes them more money, especially since over there ps4 is at practical market saturation for a home console.



No, it isn't. What happened in the most recent years:

Nintendo has yet to have a reason to cut the Switch price. Price cuts are issued to spur demand, but demand for Switch has remained high for more than three years already. Meanwhile, 3DS models did receive minor cuts over the years, more often than not when they were close to being phased out. The 2DS is a notable exception.

Sony has focused on temporary price cuts to sell a large volume of consoles during the holiday season. Their Black Friday deals have got more generous with each passing year; in 2019 the PS4 was $199 with three games included.

Microsoft has done so many temporary and permanent price cuts over the years that there are too many to list.



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There is no official price cuts on stage OMG moment like it was in 2009 with PS3 or the E3s before that. This is the bad thing :/. I want to watch on stage pricecut OMG moment just like before 2010



Demand and supply.

There will be no cuts if the platform holder is content with the rate of sales at its current pricing.

I am noticing that there has been a shift towards keeping prices locked through the year and only doing temporal cus during the holiday season when sales will peak anyways. At least that is the approach sony opted t take, and probably because they were content with still selling around 800k - 1M consoles every month without one. MS has been more aggressive with their price cuts bt marketing them as "promotions", MS basically has year-round promotions in one former the other which is technically a permanent price cut without having to actually call it a price cut.



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No. They'll still happen. They just don't seem too big recently. Nintendo has no current incentive to drop the Switch's price when it sells so well. Sony and Microsoft (namely Microsoft) have deals on their hardware year-round at major retailers, so they haven't seen the need for a price cut in a while.



Lifetime Sales Predictions 

Switch: 125 million (was 73, then 96, then 113 million)

PS5: 105 million Xbox Series S/X: 60 million

PS4: 122 mil (was 100 then 130 million) Xbox One: 50 mil (was 50 then 55 mil)

3DS: 75.5 mil (was 73, then 77 million)

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