Originally Posted by Vagrant Storm
This sort of thinking is why I had originally hoped that the console would be short lived...there shouldn't have been much re-inventing the wheel. However, just from picking apart their financials you can see that last quarter the Sony Games Division had $150 million in operating expenses. That is just three months (which is their first quarter of their fiscal year and may not have reported everything). The if you look at the 2013 fiscal year you will see that their "Other Operating Expense" rose to nearly $2.4 billion from about $600 million
in 2012. I know the PS4 isn't their only basket, but over the last year I'd think it is a pretty big one for them. Plus not all R&D costs get filed under this heading...so again...that probably isn't everything.
I don't have access to the good information right now, but it is on paper anyway...but page 6 of this report
will show the 2012 and 2013 operating expenses. There is a lot of guess work on this on my part of course. I've just been trying to decide if I want to dump the few shares of stock I have with them...since they are up just enough for me not to lose anything right now.
I don't know if I would dump stock just yet. The PS4 is, by all accounts, going to be very successful. Unless they screw something up with reliability, the PS4 has fixed almost every single problem people had with the PS3 (controller too tiny, price too high, too hard to program for, manufacturing shortages, etc). Pre-orders are already well above the PS3's level.
That is a very high R&D cost... I have to hope that those figures include an overhaul of their TV line or something. They used to make some pretty fantastic TVs and home theater receivers, but have lately been the butt of many a joke. Here's to hoping they get back to their successful days.
Originally Posted by KLEANupguy7
yes yes and yes....i would have much more respect for consoles if they independently develop their own chips then i would have more faith in them running "higher" resolutions...what sony is doing now is just a cheap way out of getting similar performance of mid ranged pcs??...game propriety(where graphics engines are specially designed for these chips they developed) dont seem too be well made....
its really sad way too look at it but i cant picture xbox one or ps4 in my lounge any time soon...i would personally buy a micro ATX case few ssds i5 with a high end gpu...probably give better performance than what next gen consoles promised too bring.
Their decision is completely understandable, though. Last time around (PS3), they basically built the thing from the ground up and engineered almost every component from scratch.
And they almost lost everything.
This time around, they're picking a safe platform with readily available cheap components and millions of people already capable of programming for it. While I get that some people don't like that move, you have to at least understand why they did it.
If nothing else, this upcoming console generation is going to make it MUCH easier for us PC-gamers to get our hands on quality ports.Edited by DrBrogbo - 9/19/13 at 8:03am