Game analyst Michael Pachter, like all of us, is pleased that Sony priced the PlayStation 4 at $399. In fact, Pachter believes that Sony now makes a profit on each PlayStation 4 console made. His guess: about $25 to $30 profit on each console.
However, Pachter provided a bit of inside news as well, saying that Sony waited for Microsoft to announce the price on the Xbox One. Microsoft announced that the Xbox One would cost $499, but had they said $399, Sony “really couldn’t go lower than $399, they really couldn’t go to $349”, said Pachter, who spoke to a Sony executive after the announcement.
Pachter also comments on the DRM issue, saying that he doesn’t see any publishers turning on the DRM feature on the PlayStation 4. By default, Sony offers DRM on the PS4, but it’s not on — it’s up to publishers to do it.